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Improving the Overall Wellness of New York State Residents

Time and time again, Governor Cuomo has demonstrated his commitment to improving the overall health and wellness of residents across the State.

New York's Medicaid system has been fundamentally restructured to reduce costs to the lowest level in over a decade, and the resulting savings are reinvested to improve quality of care. With nearly 1 in 5 New Yorkers enrolled in a health plan through the NY State of Health, the state's official health plan marketplace, NY's uninsured rate has dropped significantly since 2013.

The state also has greatly improved access and coverage for breast cancer screenings and is implementing the nation's strongest Paid Family Leave policy so that New Yorkers do not have to choose between caring for their loved ones and risking their economic security.

Governor Cuomo understands that ensuring wellness requires a holistic approach; one focused not only on providing access to quality, affordable medical care, but also promoting healthy lifestyles and ensuring a clean environment.

Recent Actions to Combat Youth Vaping

E-cigarette Sales Age Raised to 21

In November 2019, New York's law raising the minimum sales age for tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21 went into effect.

First-in-the-Nation Ban on Flavored E-cigarettes

In September 2019, New York State implemented a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids.

E-Cigarettes Added to Clean Indoor Act

In October 2017, Governor Cuomo expanded the Clean Indoor Air Act to prohibit e-cigarette use everywhere that smoking tobacco products are banned.

Identifying and Implementing Strategies to Improve New Yorkers' Health

New York's Paid Family Leave Program

New York has the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy. Working families no longer have to choose between caring for their loved ones and risking their economic security.

Advancing Health Across All Policies

Incorporating Health Considerations Into Decision-Making in All Sectors

$20 Billion Plan to Combat Homelessness

This historic investment offers a transformational blueprint that addresses housing needs, strengthens protections for tenants, and creates opportunities for low-to-moderate income households.

Farm-to-School Program

The Farm-to-School Program is a major component of the State’s ongoing efforts to increase the amount of fresh, local foods served in schools and connect New York’s farmers to new markets.

Ending the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020

End the Epidemic

The Blueprint: Governor Cuomo's 3-Point Plan

The State's 'Ending the Epidemic' Task Force gathered information and research from around the state to develop the final Blueprint plan in 2015, mapping out concrete next steps to decrease new infections and improve the lives of all New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.

Targeting Young Adults

Because those between 25 and 34 years old have the highest rate of newly diagnosed HIV infection, New York has broadened HIV testing and treatment consent laws for minors.

Increasing Pre-Exposure Drug Treatments

New York is maximizing the availability of life-saving, transmission-interrupting drug treatments, like PrEP, for high-risk persons to keep them HIV negative will help lead to a zero transmission rate in the future.

Helping Every Day New Yorkers and Their Families

Combating Heroin and Opioid Abuse

Governor Cuomo has instituted an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic, and created a continuum of addiction care with full prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

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