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    The New York Chapter Secured 5 Advocacy Wins in 2014!  

    Many thanks to the Advocacy & Government Affairs Committee and our volunteers who helped to make 2014 a banner year for moms and babies in New York State. Thanks to your hard work and dedication:

    • $3 million in new funding was provided for Nurse-Family Partnership.
    • 6-month waiting period for previously insured children to enroll in New York's Child Health Plus was eliminated. 
    • Previously enacted income and benefit expansions to New York's Child Health Plus were extended through 2017. 
    • Municipalities received funding to provide prenatal care to uninsured women.
    • Education about maternal depression as well as screening and referrals for treatment of maternal depression are now required by law.

    Upcoming Events:

    Harold Iselin, an outstanding advocate for women and children in New York State, is this year's recipient of the Distinguished Service Award! Join us at the NENY Division's Signature Chefs Auction on Tuesday, October 21 at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs to celebrate Harold's accomplishments.

    Issue Highlight: Maternal Depression

    As many as 1 in 5 women have symptoms of depression during pregnancy. Depression during pregnancy, especially if it isn’t treated, carries serious risks for mom and her baby, including premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Once the baby is born, new mothers may experience postpartum depression. In fact, postpartum depression, sometimes referred to as the “Baby Blues”, is among the biggest health risks for new moms with about 1 in 8 women manifesting symptoms. Postpartum depression can make it difficult for mom to bond with or care for her newborn. In the most severe cases, untreated postpartum depression can lead to suicide or infanticide.

    New York has never before had a system-wide screening and referral procedure for postpartum depression. S.7234-B (Krueger)/A.9610-B (Gottfried) changes this. The new law provides information and guidelines on maternal depression screening; information on follow-up support and referrals; and public education to promote awareness of and de-stigmatize maternal depression. In addition, the legislation is intended to ensure that New Yorkers are informed of the public health services that will help them understand, identify and treat maternal depression.

    2015 2016 Budget Timeline:

    • The Division of  the Budget sends Agency Call Letter to all agency heads. Agency heads submit budget requests that comply with instructions in the Agency Call Letter to the Division of the Budget.

    Next Step - Governor presents Executive Budget proposal to legislature. 

    Next Step - New York State Senate and Assembly finalize negotiations and pass budget bills.

    Next Step - Governor reviews budget bills passed by the New York State Legislature - may use line item veto.

    Next Step - Enacted Budget.

    Stay Informed:

    Join the March of Dimes advocacy network to receive occasional emails about key legislation important to moms and babies. The advocacy network is made up of volunteers and staff who promote the March of Dimes mission by contacting the governor and state legislators in response to New York Chapter action alerts. We need your help - every voice makes a difference!

    Do you know who represents you in the U.S. Senate or the New York State Assembly?  Find out by joining the March of Dimes advocacy network!

    Visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/advocacy/actioncenter.html to register! 

    Did you know...

    • Mary Lilly and Ida Sammis were the first women to serve in the New York State Assembly and were both elected in 1919.
    • Elizabeth Blackwell was the first American woman to receive an M.D. degree (which she earned at Geneva Medical College in New York in 1849).
    • The APGAR score, which is still used today to assess the health of newborns immediately after birth, was developed in 1952 by a woman - Virginia Apgar.


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