Addiction recovery advocates are dismayed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill removing restrictions on addiction treatment drugs for Medicaid recipients, while approving a similar bill for privately insured New Yorkers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced two more proposals to be included in his 2020 State of the State agenda — banning all flavored nicotine vaping products, including menthol flavors and vaping advertisements aimed at youth, and lifting New York's ban on gestational surrogacy to help support LGBTQ couples and people struggling with fertility start families.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced three more proposals he will include in his 2020 legislative agenda — a plan to lower prescription drug costs, net neutrality protections, and a bill to protect consumers from abusive debt collectors.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday to ensure health insurers do not deny coverage for urgent and medically necessary procedures and treatments. The law expands prior authorization exceptions and requires insurance companies to cover additional services and procedures related to existing surgical or other invasive procedures, concurrent symptoms and associated side effects.
The ninth announced proposal that will be included in the governor’s 2020 State of the State agenda, which he will formally deliver on Jan. 8, would crack down on retailers that illegally sell untaxed cigarettes or other tobacco products in New York. Under the proposal, retailers who acquire untaxed cigarettes from other states and sell them illegally in New York could be shut down. The proposal also includes stronger penalties and fines for retailers that sell tobacco products to anyone under 21 years old.
After vetoing a bill to ban the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to take immediate action to do just that.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that opioid overdose deaths among New York state residents outside New York City declined 15.9 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, the first decrease in 10 years. While almost 2,000 people died from opioid overdoses last year, the decrease is a significant milestone that could be attributed to actions taken by the state over the past several years to combat opioid addiction — outlined in the new Heroin and Opioid Task Force Progress Report detailing three years of work and improvements to expand and enhance services aimed at combating the opioid crisis.