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— The Assembly and Senate Standing health committees hold their third joint public hearing in the Bronx today on The New York Health Act.
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— Activists with VOCAL-NY are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign bipartisan-backed legislation that they said would expand access to medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse.
— Rev. Kirsten John Foy called on the City Council to ban menthol cigarettes, positioning himself against his former National Action Network colleague, Rev. Al Sharpton.
SPONSORS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NEW YORK HEALTH ACT’S CHANCES IN 2020 — POLITICO’s Shannon Young: New York Democrats are forging ahead with their proposal to transform the state’s health care system into a single-payer model even as the party's presidential candidates debate their own plans for reform. The Assembly and Senate health committees will hold their third and penultimate joint public hearing Wednesday on The New York Health Act, legislation NY A5248 (19R) / NY S3577 (19R) that seeks to establish comprehensive single-payer health coverage for all New Yorkers. The meeting, set to begin at 10 a.m. at the Bronx Library Center, comes less than two weeks after the committees held a joint public hearing in Rochester, signaling momentum on the issue which had largely stalled since lawmakers considered it in May.
DRUG POLICY ACTIVISTS ASK CUOMO TO SIGN MAT EXPANSION BILL — Shannon reports: Drug policy activists are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign bipartisan-backed legislation that they said would expand access to medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse, particularly for low-income New Yorkers. Advocates with VOCAL-NY urged the governor to give final approval to the measure NY S5935 (19R) / NY A7246 (19R) — which would bar insurance policies from requiring prior authorization for buprenorphine, methadone, injectable naltrexone and other drugs used to treat substance use disorders — during a late-morning rally outside his Manhattan office.
SHARPTON V. FOY — POLITICO’s Amanda Eisenberg: Rev. Kirsten John Foy called on the City Council to ban menthol cigarettes, positioning himself against his former National Action Network colleague, Rev. Al Sharpton. Foy and his organization, Arc of Justice, joined the anti-tobacco coalition Flavors Hook Kids and Council Member Fernando Cabrera, who sponsored the bill banning menthols, on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to rally for the prohibition. He dismissed some of Sharpton’s concerns that a ban on menthol cigarettes would further criminalize the black community — many of whom smoke the mint-flavored cigarettes — and create a black market for the product.
DUKES: NAACP WILL TARGET BLACK COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO DON’T SUPPORT MENTHOL BAN — Amanda reports: The NAACP plans to target African American City Council members who do not sign onto two bills to ban flavored nicotine products, NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes said at a teen vaping town hall event in Brooklyn. “We have a list of the African American Council members," Dukes said from the audience during an exchange at the event. “The NAACP is going to target them because they are killing our people.”
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NOW WE KNOW — Expectant mothers who have physical or mental stress during their pregnancies are less likely to have a boy and are at a higher risk of preterm birth.
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TODAY’S TIP — Comes from Community Healthcare Network: “To manage your portions, don’t eat right out of the box or bag. Put the serving in a bowl or on a plate instead.”
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STUDY THIS — A doctor's expectations for treatment can cause a “placebo effect” and significantly influence their patients’ symptom relief, new research suggests.
ON THE SCHEDULE — The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State is expected to announce a coalition to "#SaveCDPA" during a news conference at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
— Representatives from the New York City Pharmacists Society and Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, meanwhile, will join elected officials and others rally on the New York City Hall steps to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation enacting protections from pharmacy benefit managers.
NO JAIL TIME — Some patients who accused gynecologist Robert A. Hadden of sexual abuse are renewing calls for an investigation into how the Manhattan district attorney’s office handles sex crimes, The New York Times reports.
LOT OF LUNGS — The Lung Transplantation Program at NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Irving Medical Center — one of the top lung transplant programs in the country — performed its 1,000th lung transplant this week.
MAKING ROUNDS — Jordan W. Siev has been appointed chair of the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter’s board of directors. Siev, a partner with Reed Smith LLP, has been a member of the chapter’s board for three years and most recently served as its vice chair.
SEEKING APPROVAL — Biogen Inc. has revived plans to seek U.S. approval for Alzheimer’s treatment aducanumab, pointing to data which it said suggests the drug lowered the decline of patients suffering from the disease, Reuters reports.
SMOKING ALTERNATIVE — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has endorsed a type of smokeless tobacco as a less harmful alternative to smoking, allowing Swedish Match to advertise that its tobacco pouches as having a lower risk of cancer and other diseases than cigarettes, The Associated Press reports.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON — Two weeks before his company issued a recall of its top-selling baby powder, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky testified that it was completely safe. “We unequivocally believe that our talc and our baby powder does not contain asbestos,” Gorsky said in a Oct. 3 deposition, according to Reuters.
OK — UPS is setting up agreements with health care groups to use drones to deliver medical products. “It is a premium move,” Dan Gagnon, UPS’s vice president of health-care logistics, marketing and strategy told The Wall Street Journal. “We’re talking perishable products and important results.”
SUGAR — Roughly two-thirds of the $2.2 billion in beverages marketed to children contained added sweeteners, according to a report released last week by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut. That’s one of the primary reasons people develop a sweet tooth when they’re young, according to new research detailed in The New York Times.
OVERPRESCRIBED — The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: “Almost 90% of women who didn’t use opioids in the hospital after a cesarean delivery were sent home with a scrip for the addictive drugs, despite a program to reduce overprescription, according to research conducted at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City.”
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