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Improving the Overall Wellness of New York State Residents

Conquering COVID

Time and time again, Governor Cuomo has demonstrated his commitment to improving the overall health and wellness of residents across the State. This was no more evidenced than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the moment New York was ambushed by COVID-19 and became the first national epicenter of the virus, the state has acted quickly and aggressively based on data and science. New York built a new in-state medical supply manufacturing industry and designed new protocols to mitigate overcrowding at hospitals. Pfizer, a New York company, co-created the first approved vaccine, and a New York academic researcher led Pfizer’s clinical trials globally. Another New York company, Regeneron, created one of the first antibody treatments. Corning produced the specially engineered glass vials needed for the vaccine requiring sub-freezing storage. More than 250 labs — both big and small — across the state processed COVID-19 tests.

New York is proud of its medical researchers, scientists, doctors, and nurses, and will capitalize on their experience, ingenuity, and creativity to build a public health system that is better prepared to handle the next health emergency.

Defeating COVID and Strengthening Health Care Delivery

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the healthcare delivery system. Learn about the COVID-related measures passed in the FY 2022 Budget, including expanding access to telehealth, expanding COVID-19 diagnostic capacity, and creating the Public Health Corps. 

Building a More Accessible, Effective, and Equitable Health Care System

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the state has reduced the number of uninsured New Yorkers by 1.3 million since 2010. Now, more than 95 percent of New Yorkers have health insurance.

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.

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.

Identifying and Implementing Strategies to Improve New Yorkers' Health

Combating Youth Vaping

Banned Sale of Flavored E-cigarettes
The FY 2021 Enacted Budget prohibits the sale or distribution of e-cigarettes or vapor products that have a characterizing flavor.
Banned Sale of Tobacco Products at Pharmacies
The FY Enacted Budget prohibits the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in all pharmacies.
Manufacturer Disclosure Requirements
Manufacturers of vapor products are required to disclose to the DOH Commissioner and the public, information regarding the ingredients, by-products, or contaminants in vapor products, whether intentional or unintentionally added.

Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

The FY 2021 Enacted Budget includes a three-part plan to lower prescription drug costs for all New Yorkers, including capping insulin co-payments at $100 per month for insured patients.

Advancing Health Across All Policies

Incorporating Health Considerations Into Decision-Making in All Sectors

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.
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.
New York State Has "Bent the Curve"
According to the most recent data, the estimated number of new infections, or HIV incidence that occurred statewide in 2019, fell to an all-time low of 1,700 cases.

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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