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Will New York Tackle its Largest Source of Emissions?
Experts say the state needs to spend at least $1 billion a year to cut pollution from buildings. Legislators are trying to get the governor closer to that figure.
Colin Kinniburgh   ·   March 30, 2022
As Albany Debates Health Coverage for Undocumented New Yorkers, Lawmakers Say Hochul is Inflating Costs
The governor’s projected price tag is five times higher than estimates by the legislature and outside researchers—but she hasn’t said how she arrived at her figure.
Sam Mellins   ·   March 29, 2022
Delayed Treatment and Denied Services: Health Care In New York Prisons Is A “Joke”
Cuomo vetoed a bill to expand oversight of the prison medical system. Will Hochul take a different tack?
Victoria Law   ·   March 17, 2022
Legislature Likely to Propose Health Coverage But Not Cash Relief for Undocumented New Yorkers, Sources Say
Both chambers are set to release budget proposals that will represent a mixed bag for New York’s undocumented population.
Sam Mellins   ·   March 11, 2022
Two Years Into Pandemic, Basic Critiques of Prison Covid Policies Remain Unaddressed
The prison agency has done little to update policies on transparency, masks, social distancing, or vaccination.
Lyra Walsh Fuchs   ·   March 1, 2022
State Expansion of Remote Mental Health Care Provides Lifeline for Low-Income New Yorkers
In the first year of the pandemic, four out of five appointments at state-licensed clinics were held virtually—allowing providers to tackle long-standing barriers.
Ethan Geringer-Sameth   ·   February 23, 2022
Why Isn’t New York Enforcing Its Nurse Staffing Law?
The state health department has delayed implementing a landmark staffing law, as nurses say they’re overwhelmed and hospitals point to a workforce shortage.
Maxwell Parrott   ·   February 15, 2022
Cop Shooting Highlights Slow Start for City Effort to Remove Police from 911 Mental Health Emergencies
The shooting occurred in the program’s pilot area, but even there, police still respond to four out of every five crisis calls - more than twice as many as the city had initially projected.
Garrison Lovely   ·   February 4, 2022
“They Didn’t Test Anybody”: Jails Across New York Administer Alarmingly Few Tests During Omicron Surge
During the first eight weeks of omicron, only one jail system administered enough tests to screen every incarcerated person even once, a New York Focus analysis found. Most didn’t come close to that rate.
Chris Gelardi   ·   February 2, 2022
New York’s Landmark Water Testing Law Hinges on State Health Department
The law leaves key decisions to an agency with a history of dragging its feet on implementing water quality legislation.
Peter Mantius   ·   January 27, 2022
On Medicaid, Hochul’s Budget Departs from Cuomo Era
Hochul proposed raising the cap on Medicaid spending, which Cuomo created, and boosting reimbursement rates, which Cuomo cut.
Sam Mellins   ·   January 21, 2022
Hochul’s Chapter Amendments Could Undermine New Birth Center Law
A rift grew among birth advocates as progressive legislators asked them to compromise with the governor – or risk a veto.
Lee Harris   ·   January 20, 2022
Hochul Proposes Medicaid Expansion for Seniors and Disabled, Marking a Shift From Past Governors
Two proposals in Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State would constitute the most significant expansion of New York’s health plan for low-income individuals in years.
Sam Mellins   ·   January 7, 2022
Ron Kim Targets a Progressive Heavyweight in Allegations of Wage Theft
Kim accuses the Chinese-American Planning Council of rampant wage theft—and, in coordination with 1199SEIU, of blocking workers’ access to the courts.
Daniel Moritz-Rabson   ·   January 4, 2022
Hochul Signs Bill to Remove Barriers to Addiction Treatment
In the latest of a series of steps Hochul has taken to change the direction of drug policy, doctors will no longer have to ask insurance companies for permission to prescribe opioid use disorder medications to Medicaid patients.
Sam Mellins   ·   December 23, 2021
Judge Orders City to Delay Retiree Health Care Switch Until April 1
Retired city employees will be able to opt out of their newly-privatized health insurance until June 30, the judge ruled
Sam Mellins   ·   December 14, 2021
New York City Mailed Misinformation on New Health Insurance to Retired City Employees — and Won’t Send Out a Correction
Guides sent to a quarter million retired city employees contained false information on the availability of dozens of treatments under the new plan.
Sam Mellins   ·   December 9, 2021
Westchester Hospital Network To Shift Thousands of Retirees to Private Health Insurance
Three days before the deadline to opt out of a new health insurance plan, Westchester retirees still don’t know what’s in it.
Sam Mellins   ·   December 3, 2021
7,000 New Yorkers Need a Kidney. New Legislation Could Make it Easier to Donate.
Two bills to incentivize kidney donations could save hundreds of lives a year – but supporters say it’s tough to get the legislature to prioritize the issue.
Abie Rohrig   ·   November 15, 2021
Retired City Workers Voice Opposition to New City Health Plan in Chaotic Public Hearing
More than 50 retirees said they opposed the plan. Zero said they supported it.
Sam Mellins   ·   November 11, 2021
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