Your Weekly Dose of Health March 25, 2016

National News:

  • This week marked this sixth anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   The White House blog takes a look back at these last six years with photos and video.
  • The growing consensus among experts is that the ACA has so far worked as intended, providing coverage to millions of people previously uninsured.
  • It’s not all good news, however, as the Congressional Budget Office says that healthcare costs in general will rise higher than was anticipated last year, largely due to an increase in projected Medicaid spending.

New York State News:

  • As the deadline nears for an on-time budget, legislative leaders continue to negotiate a potential paid family leave
  • Advocates this week continued their push for $70 million to be included in the budget to fight HIV/AIDS.
  • Governor Cuomo this week announced funding to expand the use of local foods in schools.

New York City News:

  • Politico writes that approximately 212 homeless people died in New York City during Fiscal Year 2015. The city is in the midst of working to revamp its homeless services.

Upcoming Events:

  • The New York State Public Health Association is holding its 65th annual meeting and conference on April 21st and 22nd. See more here.
  • The United Hospital Fund is holding its annual Medicaid Conference on July 14th in New York City. Read more here.