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New York City declares state of emergency over monkeypox – what it means

The declaration is largely intended to send a message to the federal government to release additional vaccines more quickly, officials said.

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How much would it cost for New York to insure low-income undocumented people? Depends who you ask.

The governor and lawmakers have vastly different thoughts on the price tag to expand public health care to undocumented immigrants, hindering an initiative to do so in the state budget.


How does at-home testing impact COVID-19 data in New York?

While at-home tests can detect variants of the coronavirus, health officials are not officially tracking their results.

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In a letter to state leaders, unions back immigrant health care expansion

Several politically powerful unions announced support of “Coverage for All” legislation to insure low-income New Yorkers without visas, green cards or citizenship.

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Will this be the year New York extends public insurance to undocumented people?

Amid an energetic campaign to get it passed, the “Coverage for All” bill has advanced further than ever in the state Legislature.


Is New York City ready to relax COVID-19 safety measures?

As New York City eases some of its COVID-19 protection measures, health experts and lawmakers look to prepare for future waves.

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As NYS removes COVID rules, health experts urge caution over new BA.2 variant

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday said the state’s hospitalization rate has dropped enough to resume elective procedures at all facilities.

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Legislation provides incentives to address nursing shortage in NYS

The “Respect Nurses” Act offers loan forgiveness, among other benefits, to encourage New Yorkers to pursue nursing careers.

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Why isn’t New York enforcing its nurse staffing law?

The state health department has delayed putting staff ratios in place, even as nurses continue to be overwhelmed by patient loads.

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Bassett defends Hochul administration policies on masks

New York legislators questioned state Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett at a Tuesday budget hearing.

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New York lawmakers look to expand access to health care for undocumented immigrants

“Coverage for All” passed the Assembly Health Committee this week as New York revisits access to care in the pandemic’s third year.

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New York’s landmark water testing law hinges on the state Health Department

The law leaves key decisions to an agency with a history of dragging its feet on implementing water quality legislation.

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State mask mandate remains in place — for now

The Hochul administration is appealing a recent ruling striking down the public health rule.


New York officials push to turn the page on omicron

Are the lessons learned enough to prepare for what may arise down the road?


Language barriers compound COVID-19 challenges among non-English speakers

More than 200 languages are spoken in New York City, making pandemic outreach efforts a monumental task.