Albany seeks to crack down on 'forever chemical contamination'

Albany seeks to crack down on ‘forever chemical contamination’

Hello, and welcome to Monday’s New York Health Care newsletter, where we keep you up to date on what’s happening this week in health care news, and provide you with a look back at important news from the past week.

New York Climate Lawmakers and Advocates today will kick off New York City Climate Week by calling for new statewide action to better monitor and test per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS and “chemicals forever,” which have been linked to a myriad of health issues, including hormonal changes, developmental delays in children, and an increased risk of cancer.

Sen. Rachel May (D-Syracuse) and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Saratoga County) will unveil its “PFAS Surface Water Discharge Disclosure Act,” at a late morning press conference with officials from Earthjustice and Seneca Lake Guardian and others legislators. Legislation (NY S9525)/(NY A10689), which was officially introduced last month, would create an annual PFAS surface water discharge disclosure requirement for all public treatment plants and new permit applications system for eliminating pollutant emissions.

May told POLITICO the legislation stemmed from his recent work as part of an Environmental Protection Agency local government advisory board on the development of federal PFAS rules.

“What we have achieved in New York State, as good as [in] in many parts of the country, no one has data on where these chemicals are, where they come from, how big the problem is in local areas,” she said during the interview. ‘an interview. “This bill is designed to ensure that local governments have data they can use when trying to determine if there is a problem, and if so, how to fix it. “

The senator added that this bill seeks to “catch up” on solving a problem that has been around for some time – notably in Hoosick Falls, where perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)-contaminated water has sparked a nationwide water safety crisis State.

Jill Witkowski Heaps, senior counsel in Earthjustice’s northeast office, said much of the response to PFAS has focused on cleaning drinking water at the utility level, not on the source of these contaminants. This bill, she said, should answer key questions about the extent of PFAS contamination in water that have blocked federal action on the issue.

“The very first step to really stopping this cycle of PFAS contamination demands that everyone who uses it or might use it, or might have it in their releases, disclose it so that we now know what the sources are, where this product comes from and how it ends up in our drinking water “, she said. said.

Although the measurement is focused on collecting data — requiring no specific answer — it’s “the next logical step,” May said.

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EMERGENCY OVER – POLITICO’s Shannon Young: New York’s Covid-19 emergency declaration ended last week, nearly 10 months after Governor Kathy Hochul took executive action in a bid to curb viral transmission as cases of coronavirus were increasing at the end of 2021. Hochul told reporters after an event in New York that she would not extend the executive order when it expires.

The governor had regularly renewed the statement, sometimes with slight modifications, since its first publication on November 26. The announcement came just days after Hochul lifted the state’s mask mandate for public transit and other gathering places in a bid to “restore some normalcy.” (Masks should always be worn in health care facilities and adult care facilities, including nursing homes.)

OVERDOSE PREVENTION — POLITICO’s Julian Shen-Berro: The city could soon stock bars and other nightlife spots with life-saving opioid overdose medication. A bill passed unanimously by the City Council last week requires the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide free opioid ‘antagonist kits’ – and training on how to use them – to local nightlife establishments. These kits will include naloxone and other drugs approved by New York State and the federal Food and Drug Administration to reverse or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The drug can be given by injection or nasal spray. “This is a public health crisis. We see New Yorkers dying every week,” the bill’s sponsor, Chi Ossé, said of opioids during his vote.


– NYU’s School of Global Public Health joins the AI4HealthyCities Health Equity Network, a global initiative to improve heart health equity in New York City. The network, created by the Novartis Foundation in partnership with Microsoft AI for Health, seeks to use data science techniques to provide health leaders with insights and tools to identify the root causes of health inequities. heart rate, as well as how the results can be improved.

… The Novartis Foundation, Microsoft AI for Health and NYU GPH will launch AI4HealthyCities at an event at 5 p.m. today, which will be streamed online.

—State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced two Department of Health audits on Friday that identified millions of abusive payments under the Medicaid program.

— The Cannabis Control Commission will meet in New York on Tuesday. The in-person meeting comes just a week before the application deadline for New Yorkers seeking to open the state’s first marijuana dispensaries.

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NOW WE KNOW — A shortage of Adderall and social media stigma are making it difficult for some people with ADHD to access the drug, BuzzFeed News reports.

TIP OF THE DAY — Want to change someone’s mind? New research suggests that a group of people having a strong conversation can help build consensus — as long as that group doesn’t include “blowhards,” according to the New York Times.

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STUDY THIS – Via VICE: “The US military is facing a recruitment crisis and Dobbs vs. Jackson The Supreme Court ruling that struck down federal abortion protections will make matters worse, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation.

The New York Times examines “how Russian trolls helped prevent the Women’s March from going into lockdown”.

The union of time reports that California paid less than New York for rapid at-home Covid-19 tests from a “company associated with Hochul campaign donors”.

“Intellia Therapeutics Inc. reported encouraging preliminary study results for its Crispr gene-editing treatments,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

Kaiser Health News breaks down “what back-to-school students need to know” about the return of poliovirus to the United States

The crisis of methamphetamine addiction “is worse than ever,” reports STAT. But new treatments are on the horizon.

“In South America, two years of closed schools for children without computers or WiFi have ended the hopes and dreams of millions of people,” writes Victoria Sousa, a journalist currently at the University of Pennsylvania, for POLITICO magazine.

POLITICO’s Megan R. Wilson reports that the rise of cost-effective Medicare Advantage plans has given way to a wave of misleading or misleading sales tactics used to push them and a massive increase in complaints from seniors who feel cheated. The issue, which has long been on the radar of state and federal regulators, is now catching the attention of top Democrats on Capitol Hill.

About half of Manhattan office workers are back in their office on a typical weekday — but far fewer return to the office five days a week, according to a new survey from the Partnership for New York City, POLITICO’s Janaki Chadha reports.

Ben Leonard of POLITICO reports that Medicare patients have taken advantage of pandemic-era policies allowing them to see doctors in other states by phone or video call, according to research published Friday in the JAMA Health Forum.

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