Good morning and welcome to Monday’s New York Health Care newsletter, where we keep you posted on what’s coming up this week in health care news, and offer a look back at the important news from last week.
New York is the epicenter of the country’s monkeypox outbreak, and its leaders are calling on the federal government to bring more doses to New Yorkers. As of Friday, New York City reported 461 cases of monkeypox, representing more than 30 percent of the CDC’s recorded cases, according to the city health department.
Govt. Kathy Hochul on Friday said that the state and city had received more than 28,000 doses, and that another 32,785 vaccines would arrive this week. Still, New York City’s health department has decided to switch to a single-dose strategy to account for the rapid increase in cases. “In many instances, this means that individuals may not get a second dose by the 28-day interval between doses as is indicated in the FDA prescribing label,” according to the department. “Despite the delay, this should not affect the immune response to the second dose.” The strategy, replicated in other countries, allows more people to get some protection, especially as vaccine shortages plague the country’s efforts at stymieing the outbreak.
…Beginning this week, New York abortion providers can apply for $15 million, which the state has set aside for phase two awards from the Abortion Provider Support Fund, which Hochul created in anticipation of the US Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. wade. Hochul announced the opening of the second round of applications last week.
State health officialsunveiled the phase one award recipients and award amounts in late June. The state Department of Health awarded the $10 million in phase one to organizations that are funded under the Comprehensive Family Planning Program and have provided medical or surgical abortions in the last 12 months.
Phase two funding will be made available to a broader group of organizations with experience providing medical and/or surgical abortion services.
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ABORTION SAFETY — POLITICO’s Julian Shen-Berro: City Council adopted new protections and strengthened resources for locals and out-of-staters seeking abortions in the city. The New York City Abortion Rights Act bolsters education campaigns for local reproductive health resources, eliminates costs for those seeking abortion medication at some city clinics, and prohibits city agencies from using resources to detain abortion providers or provide information about them to out-of-state entities, Council Speaker Adrienne Adams said. It also allows defendants being sued for seeking reproductive health services in New York to countersue.
… Adams praised the Council for protecting a “fundamental human right,” noting that, for the first time in history, a majority of its members are women.
NO CHANGE — POLITICO’s Shannon Young: Hochul said that she has no plans to change her administration’s approach to Covid-19, despite new Omicron subvariants driving a rise in cases in New York City and other parts of the state. The governor said while new more contagious variants, known as BA.4 and BA.5, “are very much around” and contributing to increased infections, that does not yet appear to be translating into rising Covid hospitalization rates.
Hochul encouraged all eligible New Yorkers to get vaccinated and boosted against Covid and recommended mask-wearing in certain settings. She, however, refrained from announcing any new mandates or suggesting any new ones are under consideration. “We’re on top of it. We’re not changing our policies at this time — always reserving the right to do so,” Hochul, who is seeking a full term in November, told reporters at a Manhattan briefing.
IN OTHER NEWS:
— MAKING ROUNDS: Prashant Sinha has been appointed chair of surgery at Staten Island University Hospital.
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NOW WE KNOW — The Associated Press explains the role that gestational age plays in abortion laws.
TODAY’S TIP — The FDA has released educational resources to help parents and caregivers use imported infant formula products.
STUDY THIS — From POLITICO’s Daniel Payne: Childhood Vaccinations have continued to decline globally through the pandemic — resulting in the lowest coverage in 30 years, according to a new report from the WHO and UNICEF.
Kaiser Health News reports that “as Big Pharma loses interest in new antibiotics, infections are only growing stronger.”
From the Houston Chronicle: “The Texas Medical Association (TMA) is raising the alarm on what they believe to be a growing number of cases in the state in which healthcare professionals are siding against providing care for women with severe pregnancy complications for fear of violating the state’s abortion ban.”
Insurance companies and courts are wrestling “with how and when to pay for wilderness therapy,” STAT reports.
“Nearly four years after a woman ended an unwanted pregnancy with abortion pills obtained at a Phoenix clinic, she finds herself mired in an ongoing lawsuit over that decision,” ProPublica reports.
New YorkMagazineprofiles Brooklyn Democratic boss Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn and why she’s “taking a step back — for the happiest of reasons.”
POLITICO’s Ruth Reader: Opponents of abortion rights are looking at the next phase in their campaign to stop people from ending their pregnancies — and they’re targeting the advertising of abortion services.
Republicans knew the minuteRoe v. wade was overturned that they had a political problem, particularly with moderates in the suburbs who they need to vote for GOP candidates in the midterms, POLITICO’s David Siders, Adam Wren and Megan Messerly report. The unfolding story of a 10-year-old rape victim who crossed state lines from Ohio for an abortion in Indiana is confirming just how damaging the issue may be.
POLITICO’s Joseph Spector reports that overtime in state government hit a record high last year, while the number of state employees continued to drop, a report Friday from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found.
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