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De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

Win on NYS Medicaid Paying for Gender Transition “Cosmetic Surgery”

Win on NYS Medicaid Paying for Gender Transition “Cosmetic Surgery”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US district judge has granted summary judgment to four transgender plaintiffs on a claim that the New York State Medicaid program’s categorical ban on “cosmetic surgery” related to gender transition violates the federal program’s requirement to fund medically necessary treatment. Judge Jed Rakoff’s July 5 ruling came on pre-trial motions […]

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo moved to severely limit “conversion therapy” for minors in New York State using his executive authority in the absence of action in the Republican-controlled State Senate on legislation –– already passed in the Democrat-led Assembly –– to completely ban it. “Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice […]

No Mention of Ending AIDS in Cuomo State of the State 

No Mention of Ending AIDS in Cuomo State of the State 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Governor Andrew Cuomo made no mention of the Plan to End AIDS in his State of the State address and his description of his proposed state budget suggested his administration is not committing any new dollars to implement that plan. “I’m disappointed that the governor didn’t mention it,” said Charles King, chief […]

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New York’s state health department is estimating that in the first five months of this year more than 3,000 people on Medicaid were taking an anti-HIV drug to avoid becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS. “For the period January 2014 through May 2014, the State Health Department estimates that 3,149 […]