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Public News Service - NY: Health Issues

Almost 300,000 New Yorkers participate in Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services. (agilemktg1/Flickr)

NEW YORK – The GOP health bill now in the U.S. Senate would be especially harmful to seniors and people with disabilities, according to a new report. With the per-capita cap on Medicaid spending that would be imposed under the American Health Care Act, states would be forced to make cuts.

The New York Health Act would ensure that every New Yorker has access to health care. (Tammra McCauley/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – A single payer health plan would bring affordable health care to all New Yorkers if a measure approved Tuesday in the State Assembly becomes law. It would make New York the first state in the nation to give every resident health care. The care would be paid for by an employm

Nurses say optimal staffing levels improve patient outcomes. (travisdmchenry/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Assigning too many patients to a single nurse can be dangerous. That's the message nurses want state legislators to hear. Nurses from across the state are calling for passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. The bipartisan bill has almost 100 co-sponsors in the State Asse

Treating drug addiction as a health issue rather than a crime has a proven track record of success. (Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Drug policy should be based on facts, not fear. That's one of the messages scientists, academics and their allies will be taking to the nation's capital this Saturday. Responding to the rise of "alternative facts," the National March for Science is being promoted as a call for policymake

Advocates say 2.7 million New Yorkers would lose insurance under the Republican health care plan. (Pictures of Money/Flickr)

NEW YORK – When Congress returns from recess, repealing the Affordable Care Act could be back on the table, with some changes that critics say would cost New York billions of dollars. Republicans in Congress have been drafting a new bill to replace the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare. Opp

About 200,000 ounces of donor breast milk are needed to feed premature babies in New York each year. (The New York Milk Bank)

NEW YORK – The New York state budget now allows low-income mothers to get donor breast milk for premature babies through Medicaid. Low-weight, premature infants are at high risk of dying from necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. The best food to help them ward off the disease is human breast mil

One study estimates the New York Health Act would save almost $45 billion in the first year. (401(K) 2012/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Doctors, nurses and lawmakers are rallying in Albany today, urging the state Senate to pass a statewide single-payer health-care bill. The New York Health Act already has passed in the Assembly twice and is co-sponsored by almost half of all state senators. If it becomes law, it w

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. (Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov)

NEW YORK – New York's advocates for people with disabilities say proposed cuts to Medicaid would force many of them into institutional care. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce Medicaid by $880 billion over ten years

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