Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Thursday, directing state agencies to deploy education awareness program on vaping, and legislation to expand current school-based programs and marketing campaigns aimed at reducing tobacco use to include e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine.
New York is seeking to secure $2 billion in restitution from opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy benefit managers that the state Department of Financial Services determined has been overcharged — as a result of misinformation — over the last decade.
The state Department of Health needs to improve its monitoring of New York’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program on the local level to ensure children with elevated blood lead levels are receiving required services, according to an audit released earlier this month by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
It was announced back in July that the state’s Joint Senate Task Force on Opioids, Addiction & Overdose Prevention would be holding seven hearings and roundtable discussions across the state over the coming months in an attempt to develop solutions to the ongoing opioid crisis in New York.
The first scheduled hearing is set to take place on August 9 at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
New York paid more than $102 million in duplicate payments to managed care organizations for health premiums over a more than four year period, according to an audit released this month by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The Office of the State Comptroller has identified billions in erroneous payments to managed care organizations since 2005.
An audit of mental care facilities run or licensed by New York's Office of Mental Health has found poor compliance with a 2007 law, named for a 13-year-old autistic boy who was killed by his caretakers, that was meant to protect young patients.
Three bills the governor signed into law this week are intended to protect infants — in the home, at child care facilities and while sleeping in their cribs. But federal officials say a new ban is likely to prove ineffective and may even create new potential hazards for the infants of uninformed parents.