All eyes on the 33rd Senate District primary – POLITICO


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Hello, and welcome to Monday’s New York Health Care newsletter, where we keep you up to date with what’s happening this week in health care news, and provide you with a look back at important news from the past week.

Another week, another primary election in New York. After months of election ads, televised debates and a court ruling that split the state primary into two elections — one for the candidates for the office of Governor and for the Assembly in June and one for Senate and Congressional candidates in August – New Yorkers will return to the polls on Tuesday.

High-Level Congressional Races caught the eye around New York first primary of augustbut many Albany health care watchers are keeping their eyes on the outcome of the Democratic race in the state’s new 33rd Senate district.

Senator Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat from the Bronx, is seeking her seventh term in Albany amid a challenge from attorney Miguelina Camilo, former president of the Bronx Women’s Bar Association and attorney for the city’s Board of Elections – a contest that POLITICO’s Bill Mahoney noted “became the messier primary involving a Senate incumbent since Democrats won a majority in 2018.”

Tuesday’s result could have major implications for the future of health care policy in Albany.

A loss for Rivera would leave the Senate without a health committee chair, a post he was appointed at the end of 2018. With longtime Assembly Health Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) retire at the end of the yearsuch a scenario would give Democratic leaders the opportunity to reset their health care priorities in both chambers.

…And that would probably be a blow to any momentum still in Albany for Gottfried and Rivera’s key legislative priority: New York Health Lawwhich seeks to establish a single-payer health care system in the state.

Early voting ended on Sunday. Polls for Tuesday’s election will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Follow POLITICO’s election night coverage for everything you need to know about this race and other key contests across the state.

THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS APPROACHING – POLITICO’s Shannon Young: New Yorkers with prior marijuana-related convictions and business experience can apply for the first round of adult retail dispensary conditional licenses starting August 25. The application period will close on September 26. The announcement from the Office of Cannabis Management comes nearly a month after the Cannabis Control Board finalized conditional adult-use retail dispensary regulations, which grant initial license eligibility to people “involved in justice”. The State is in the process of opening its first dispensaries before the end of the year.

NO ‘SILVER BULLET’ – POLITICO’s Ashleigh Furlong: The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that the monkeypox vaccine is not a “magic bullet”, the health organization beginning to receive breakthrough case reports after people have received the vaccine.

“The fact that we are starting to see breakthrough cases is also very important information because it tells us that the vaccine is not 100% effective in a given circumstance, either as a preventive measure or post-exposure,” said Rosamund Lewis, WHO technical lead for monkeypox. “We knew from the start that this vaccine would not be a miracle solution, that it would not meet all the expectations placed on it.”


— NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development on Friday announced a new project, Just Home, to house New Yorkers with complex medical needs after release from prison.

— State Office of Mental Health announced on Friday that he in partnership with the Association of Black Psychologists Inc. to offer specialized virtual “healing circle” support groups for New Yorkers affected by the recent mass shooting in Buffalo and an increase in hate crimes.

– Students and faculty of Albany Medical College will today honor more than 200 people who have donated their bodies to the school’s anatomical donation program for medical education with a funeral service at Albany Rural Cemetery.

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AND WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU: Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, there were reports of patients — even those who don’t seek abortions — having trouble filling some prescriptions and of patients being denied treatment for pregnancy-related complications. Have abortion laws affected your access to health care? We want to hear from you.

NOW WE KNOW — The Brookings Institution now believes that it costs more than $300,000 to raise a child until high school.

TIP OF THE DAY — BuzzFeed News offers advice on how to treat monkeypox lesions.

MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW Shannon@ShannonYoung413 on Twitter. And for all New Jersey health news, check out Daniel Han, @danieljhan_.

STUDY THIS – Via Kaiser Health News: “Pediatric kidney care is not as simple as prescribing small doses of adult medication, said Dr. Sandra Amaral, principal investigator of a study published by JAMA this month. It is important that children with kidney disease – especially end-stage renal disease or ESKD – receive specialist care, but pediatric nephrology is a niche area. On top of that, specialists are not evenly distributed across the country.

Facebook and InstagramRobert F. Kennedy Jr. children’s health defense deleted accounts because of medical misinformation, reports the New York Times.

Side effects Public media, NPR and Kaiser Health News report that “Indiana’s new abortion ban may lead some young OB-GYNs to leave a state where they are needed.

A woman from Louisianasays she was denied an abortion in her condition after an ultrasound showed that her fetus was developing without a skull.

The Associated Press reports that millions “will be spared steep increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation giving generous subsidies to those who buy blueprints in federal and state markets.

Red State Legislators rush to pass new restrictions on abortion are blocked by an unexpected political force – OB-GYNs, report by Alice Miranda Ollstein and Megan Messerly of POLITICO.

POLITICO’s Helen Collis reports that 400,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine that had expired and were destined for destruction have been tested from US inventory and found to still be viablesaid the chief executive of vaccine maker Bavarian Nordic.

Insurers and payers misuse a years old FDA birth control chart for limiting access to new contraceptives as the reproductive rights landscape shifts nationwide, consumer advocates and manufacturers say, POLITICO’s Lauren Gardner reports.

POLITICO’s Rebecca Kern and Ruth Reader report that social media companies are struggling with a flood of misinformation on an unexpected subject since Roe vs. Wade has been reversed: Messages promoting “anti-abortion pills”.

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