NYACP’s Advocacy Week: May 3-7, 2021
Day 1: Monday, May 3, 2021
NYACP’s Advocacy Training Webinar 101
Are you interested in advocating for your patients and on behalf of your profession? Don’t know how or where to start? Let NYACP share their experience and provide you with some of the basics. Would you like to:
Target Audience: All NYACP Members (medical students, residents, early career physicians, mid-career physicians and advance career physicians).
Day 2: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Advocacy Intern Podcast Release
Listen to NYACP’s Advocacy Interns to learn about their experiences advocating for physicians in Albany during the 2021 Legislative Session.
Day 3: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Advocacy Call to Action through NYACP’s Online Grassroots Advocacy Center
Help lay the groundwork for NYACP’s Advocacy Day by sending pre-populated email communications to NY State Assembly Members and Senators. On Wednesday morning you will receive an email with links to click and send letters to your representatives in Albany alerting them to pending issues that impact Internists in NY. This will help raise the profile of NYACP’s policy issues in the offices of Legislators in advance of members meetings scheduled for the following day.
Day 4: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Advocacy Day with NYS Legislature
NYACP’s Leadership will meet with key NY Legislators to advocate on behalf of all NYACP Members.
Day 5: Friday, May 7, 2021
Post Advocacy Day with NYS Legislature
Watch your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for follow-up and pictures about NYACP’s Advocacy Day!
NYACP Held 1st Virtual Lobby Day on Telehealth – June 19, 2020
The 2020 NYS Legislative Session and NYACP’s advocacy presence in Albany were far different than ever anticipated this year due to the unforeseen occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic. NYACP’s strong lobby efforts continued but often in an expeditious manner and/or with a pivoted focus.
NYACP’s first Annual Advocacy Week, originally scheduled for May 4-8, 2020, was quickly transformed into the Chapter’s 1st Virtual Lobby Day. This event, held on Friday, June 19, 2020, was a product of collaboration between NYACP’s Health and Public Policy (HPP), Health Information Technology (HIT) and Quality & Patient Safety (QPS) Committees and with “telehealth” as the topic of advocacy activity. The day began with a Membership Call to Action, an early morning briefing session, personal calls to local NYS Assembly and Senate Representatives throughout the day, and virtual appointments with two key legislative leaders.
As seen over the past 3-4 months, the expanded use of telehealth became one strategy that emerged as being vitally important to enhancing healthcare delivery. To support the expansion of telehealth modalities, including payment parity, and seek assistance in maintaining authority for telehealth applications following the current pandemic, this issue became a legislative priority for the Chapter.
Lobby Day on June 19th was a huge success! Many thanks to all the members who responded to the Chapter’s Call to Action by sending letters to their local NYS elected officials, to the Chairs and Members of the NYACP’s HPP, HIT and QPS Committees for their collaborative expertise and leadership, and to Senator Gustavo Rivera (Chair, NYS Senate Health Committee) and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (Chair, NYS Assembly Health Committee) who listened to the Chapter’s message and personal physician stories and expressed interest in legislatively pursuing this telehealth expansion journey with us!
On Friday, April 3, Governor Cuomo signed into law, a new Article 30-D of the Public Health Law called the “Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act” that extends immunity from civil and criminal liability to all physicians providing health care services during the COVID-19 emergency. Additional provision details will be posted for review.
NYACP’s March 25th letter to Governor Cuomo urged this action, and we are grateful for Governor Cuomo's leadership on this critically important issue.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic in NYS and the response required by physicians, the deadline for the Doctors Across New York (DANY) Loan Repayment and Physician Practice Support Program Cycle VII has been extended. The new deadline for all applications is 4:00pm on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
The DANY Program helps train and place primary care physicians and specialists in underserved communities to care for New York’s diverse populations. All new awards require a 3-year service obligation in exchange for maximum funding in the amount of $120,000.
For more information, visit the NYS Department of Health website.
On Tuesday, January 21st Governor Cuomo released the NYS Budget for FY 2021, which begins
April 1, 2020. The proposed Budget has a number of provisions relevant physicians:
Budget Book Highlights
On January 13, 2020, ACP Advocacy Interns Dr. Austin Schnitzer and Dr. Maaz Shiekh attended a press conference organized by Flavors Hook Kids NY campaign to announce bills banning all flavored tobacco products. Proposed bills S.428-B/A.47-A would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and S.6809/A.8808 would ban flavored combustible and smokeless tobacco, including menthol cigarettes.
The NYACP strongly supports the efforts by the New York Legislature to stop the growing trend of youth vaping through increased regulation
2020 New York State of the State
On January 8, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced a number of new healthcare initiatives during his State
of the State address, including plans to target rising healthcare costs, tackle the ongoing opioid epidemic, and reduce rising youth e-cigarette use. The governor unveiled a multi-point plan to reduce healthcare costs, focusing on increasing price transparency and combating prescription drug prices:
A number of new laws targeting tobacco and e-cigarettes were also announced:
One proposal worthy of attention included in the supplemental State of the State Book is entitled “Enhancing Physician Integrity and Accountability.” It includes a number of action points, including a few listed below: