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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.
Another week, another New York primary election. After months of campaign ads, televised debates and a court ruling that split the state’s primary into two elections — one for gubernatorial and Assembly candidates in June and one for Senate and congressional candidates in August — New Yorkers will head back to the polls on Tuesday.
High-profile congressional races have garnered most of the attention surrounding New York’s first-ever August primary, but many Albany health care observers are keeping their eyes on the outcome of the Democratic race in the new 33rd state Senate District.
Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Bronx Democrat, is seeking his seventh term in Albany amid a challenge from attorney Miguelina Camilo, a former president of the Bronx Women’s Bar Association and counsel at the city’s Board of Elections — a contest that POLITICO’s Bill Mahoney noted “has devolved into the messiest primary involving a Senate incumbent since Democrats won a majority in 2018.”
The outcome on Tuesday 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 position he was appointed to in late 2018. With longtime Assembly Health Chair Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) retiring at the end of the year, such a scenario would give Democratic leaders the opportunity to reset their health care priorities in both chambers.
… And it would likely serve as a major blow to any momentum still left in Albany for Gottfried and Rivera’s key legislative priority: The New York Health Act, which seeks to establish a single-payer-style health care system in the state.
Early voting wrapped up on Sunday. Polls for Tuesday’s election will be open from 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.
APPLICATION PERIOD NEARS — POLITICO’s Shannon Young: New Yorkers with prior marijuana-related convictions and business experience can apply for the first round of Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses beginning Aug. 25. The application period will close on Sept. 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 give initial licensing eligibility to “justice involved” individuals. The state is on track to open its first dispensaries before the end of the year.
NO ‘SILVER BULLET’ — POLITICO’s Ashleigh Furlong: The World Health Organization said Wednesday that the monkeypox vaccine is not a “silver bullet,” with the health body beginning to receive reports of breakthrough cases after people have received the vaccine.
“The fact that we’re beginning to see some breakthrough cases is also really important information because it tells us that the vaccine is not 100 percent effective in any given circumstance, whether preventive or post-exposure,” said Rosamund Lewis, the WHO’s technical lead for monkeypox. “We have known from the beginning that this vaccine would not be a silver bullet, that it would not meet all the expectations that are being put on it.”
IN OTHER NEWS:
— NYC Health + Hospitals and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development on Friday announced a new project, Just Home, to house New Yorkers with complex medical needs after they leave jail.
— The state Office of Mental Health announced Friday that it’s partnering with the Association of Black Psychologists Inc. to offer virtual specialized “healing circle” support groups for New Yorkers affected by the recent mass shooting in Buffalo and an increase in hate crimes.
— Albany Medical College students and faculty today will honor more than 200 people who donated their bodies to the school’s Anatomical Gift Program for medical education with a graveside 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, reports are surfacing of patients — even those not seeking abortion — having trouble filling certain 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 estimates that it costs more than $300,000 to raise a child through high school.
TODAY’S TIP — BuzzFeed News offers advice on how to treat monkeypox lesions.
STUDY THIS — Via Kaiser Health News: “Pediatric kidney care is not as simple as prescribing small doses of adult medication, said Dr. Sandra Amaral, the lead researcher for a study published by JAMA this month. It’s important for children with kidney disease — especially end-stage kidney disease, or ESKD — to receive specialized care, but pediatric nephrology is a niche field. On top of that, specialists are not spread out evenly across the country.”
Facebook and Instagramremoved accounts for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense because of medical misinformation, The New York Times reports.
Side Effects Public Media, NPR and Kaiser Health News report that “Indiana’s new abortion ban may drive some young OB-GYNs to leave a state where they’re needed.”
A Louisiana womansaid she was denied an abortion in her state after an ultrasound showed her fetus was developing without a skull.
The Associated Press reports that millions “will be spared from big increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation extending generous subsidies for those who buy plans through federal and state marketplaces.”
Red state lawmakers rushing to pass new abortion restrictions are being stymied by an unexpected political force — OB-GYNs, POLITICO’s Alice Miranda Ollstein and Megan Messerly report.
POLITICO’s Helen Collis reports that 400,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine that had expired and were destined to be destroyed have been tested from American stockpiles and found to still be viable, the chief executive of vaccine manufacturer Bavarian Nordic said.
Insurers and payers are inappropriately using a years-old FDA birth-control chart to limit access to novel contraceptives as the reproductive rights landscape shifts nationwide, consumer advocates and manufacturers said, POLITICO’s Lauren Gardner reports.
POLITICO’s Rebecca Kern and Ruth Reader report that social media companies are grappling with a flood of misinformation on an unexpected topic since Roe v. Wade was overturned: Posts promoting “abortion reversal pills.”
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