Apr 5, 2020 Newsletter
Today, both military and the Governor are taking actions to help New York build up our healthcare force as we contend with the coronavirus. The Pentagon is deploying an additonal 1,100 doctors and nurses to New York State and the Governor is issuing an Executive Order allowing medical students that are slated to graduate to begin practing immediately.
Apr 4, 2020 Newsletter
Yesterday, I joined with my colleagues Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to press the Trump Administration to quickly make available the much needed $10 billion loan authorized in the CARES Act for the Postal Service. The USPS is struggling during this crisis and in order to protect this much need service and resource, the federal government needs to act.
Apr 3, 2020 Newsletter
Yesterday, I called on all members of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to set affordable prices for any medications that are or may be used to prevent or treat coronavirus, including vaccines. In this time of crisis, no effected American should be unable to afford life-saving medications. Also, I released documents from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that show the agency has provided only a fraction of the personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies requested by five states and the District of Columbia. Lastly, the FDA responded to my call with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that they revise the outdated and discriminatory policy which prevented gay and bisexual men from donating blood. More on these and other updates from Congress, New York State, and New York City below.
Apr 1, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I have asked my colleagues to join me in calling on the Trump Administration to immediately suspend import tariffs on medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). This policy that should have been put in place weeks ago. The State and the City continue to work to expand our hospitals' capabilities to contend with the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 31, 2020 Newsletter
Yesterday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz took a strong first step toward implementing the oversight requirements included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by quickly appointing a Chair for the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). This committee was created by one of the provisions I offered to the CARES Act as Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Mar 30, 2020 Newsletter
New York's hospital capacity increases by 2,000 beds today with the opening of the Javits Center temporary hospital and the arrival of the USNS Comfort, a naval medical ship. This is a necessary step as our city and state contend with an influx of patients due to COVID-19. The NYS on PAUSE executive order has been extended through April 15 to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Mar 29, 2020 Newsletter
The State has taken action to; overrule any hospital policy that restricted a support individual from being in the labor and delivery room with the mother, approve funding for small business counseling, and push back the tax filing deadline to July 15 to match with the new federal tax filing. More on all this and other updates below.
Mar 28, 2020 Newsletter
Today, Governor Cuomo announced that the New York State presidential primary has been moved to June 23, 2020. Yesterday, the third coronavirus disaster relief package became law - which means billions of dollars in funding will be coming to our city for hospitals, into New Yorkers' pockets, and for small businesses. The State has also announced new and expanded financial productions for individuals and small businesses.