December 18, 2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of proposed regulations for the State's medical marijuana program as required by the Compassionate Care Act. The proposed regulations are an important step toward making medical marijuana a treatment option in New York for individuals suffering from one of the debilitating diseases outlined in the Act. These regulations provide a comprehensive structure that will govern all aspects of the medical marijuana program in New York State.
December 17, 2014
The state Department of Health has completed its public health review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) and Acting DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker recommended that high-volume hydraulic fracturing should not move forward in New York State. Dr. Zucker announced his findings and recommendations today at a Cabinet Meeting in Albany.
December 16, 2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State, in coordination with Health Research Inc., has been awarded a four year, $100 million State Innovations Model Testing grant. Given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the grant will support the Governor's State Health Innovation Plan, an ambitious blueprint that works to give New Yorkers access to high quality, coordinated care in every region of the state.
New York State remains free of any Ebola cases and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) continues to actively monitor and screen health care workers and others traveling from Ebola-affected countries.
December 12, 2014
The New York State Department of Health today announced an extension of the December 15 deadline for enrolling or renewing health insurance coverage through the NY State of Health (NYSOH) Marketplace. The deadline to apply for or renew coverage that takes effect January 1 has been extended through December 20. The extension gives consumers more time to enroll, in light of November's extreme winter weather.
December 11, 2014
Acting New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker today declared influenza prevalent in New York State. With this declaration, health care workers who are not vaccinated against influenza must now wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.
December 10, 2014
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has won the America's Health Rankings Champion Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the United Health Foundation. The award recognizes state and territorial health departments that have successfully used data from the United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings reports to develop initiatives and programs that improve health outcomes in their jurisdictions. New York is recognized for efforts in improving its overall national rankings and for consistently improving health outcomes.