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January 22, 2021 News Headlines

Statement on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal

"The COVID-19 pandemic has had an ongoing, devastating economic impact on the state of New York. HANYS and our members have long supported the governor’s calls for state and local aid from Washington to help protect access to healthcare for our patients. We will continue to advocate for robust federal relief to protect our hospitals, health systems and the healthcare workforce from further devastation.” Read the full statement from HANYS President Bea Grause on our website.

President Biden’s first executive actions target converging crises

Through a series of executive orders, memoranda, directives and letters, President Biden this week took actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, economic relief, climate change and racial equity. A summary of the president’s actions on his first day is available here. Key actions related to healthcare include the following, many of which are part of the President’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness:

  • 100 Days Masking Challenge, a campaign encouraging all Americans to wear masks for the next 100 days.
  • Executive order requiring masks and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.
  • Action to reverse the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from WHO.
  • Executive order to facilitate a national COVID-19 response, creating a COVID-19 response coordinator responsible for directing all elements of COVID-19 response across the government including efforts to produce, supply and distribute PPE, vaccines and tests. 
  • Executive actions to bolster testing, ramp up the supply chain and ensure equitable access to COVID-19 treatment.

President Biden also issued executive orders to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation and reversed President Trump’s executive order excluding undocumented immigrants from the census count.

The president is expected to issue additional healthcare executive orders next week, including one related to strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

HANYS will closely monitor and provide updates to members regarding the implementation of these and other anticipated executive actions. Contact: Elyse Oveson

CMS finalizes 2022 benefit and payment rule

CMS has finalized a portion of the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 rule proposed in November. HANYS submitted a comment letter that opposed two of the now finalized components of the rule. These components:

  • codify 2018 sub-regulatory guidance interpreting Section 1332 of the ACA, weakening the ACA by allowing states to waive certain requirements; and
  • allow exchange direct enrollment, which permits private entities to operate websites to enroll members directly, rather than using the state exchange hub for all QHP enrollment.

HANYS remains in opposition to these components. Contact: Anna Sapak

Member Spotlight: NewYork-Presbyterian equips community to fight opioid overdose

The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic largely overshadowed the growing opioid overdose crisis this past year. However, vulnerable populations continue to be at risk; overdoses are surging across the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, limiting treatment resources. In 2015, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine initiated the Community Naloxone Rescue Kit Trainings program to teach people how to effectively respond to opioid overdoses.

Read our full story to learn more about this initiative and its results.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Member Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are investing in forward-looking initiatives that improve care quality and health outcomes.

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