Apr 15, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.
The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.
The process also includes emergency response drills by federal authorities and improvements to maps that detail environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Health officials say a second wave of influenza has struck this spring and is putting more New Yorkers in the hospital now than in January.
The Albany Times Union reports that a different strain of flu is circulating than the one in midwinter, and people who already had the flu can get it again -- especially if they didn't get the vaccine.
The state Health Department says 648 New Yorkers were hospitalized with influenza during the first week of April. There were more than 2,500 confirmed cases of flu statewide that week. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York and federal officials report a final agreement allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over the next five years.
The goal of the Medicaid waiver is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling hospitals shift to more primary and outpatient care.
The Department of Health and Human Services says New York will have to meet ongoing milestones for funding. Go to full article
Apr 14, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's new budget will increase pay 2 percent for about 100,000 caretakers of the disabled and others next year, their first raise in several years for... Go to full article
Apr 14, 2014 — Early this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription device that can inject a fast acting antidote to heroin and other opioid drugs. It's the latest... Go to full article
Apr 10, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new study shows continued gains in the numbers of New York children with health insurance, driven mostly by increased coverage through public programs.... Go to full article
Apr 10, 2014 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday named a new commission to look at whether teenagers should be tried in adult courts in New York. Last year, more than 30,000 16- and 17-year-olds... Go to full article