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    Critical Maternal and Infant Health Legislation Becomes Law in New York!

    Governor Cuomo recently signed two critical pieces of legislation into law. First, New York employers are now required to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy related conditions. These accommodations will allow pregnant women, who are increasingly the sole or primary provider in households with children, to remain employed throughout their pregnancy. Second, immunization against meningococcal disease has been added to New York's vaccine schedule. This means that children will now be required to receive the vaccine for meningococcal disease unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption to New York's vaccine schedule. Congratulations on a job well done!  These new laws will help to improve maternal and infant health in New York State.

    Upcoming Events: 

      • January - FDR Birthday Bash at the New York State Capitol
      • June - Advocacy Day 2015 at the New York State Capitol 

    Issue Highlight: Prematurity Awareness Month

    The U.S. preterm birth rate ranks among the worst of high-resource countries. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm, and nearly one million die due to early birth or its complications. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems, including breathing problems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays. November is recognized as Prematurity Awareness Month in the United States in an effort to bring awareness to this critical issue.

    March of Dimes issues a Premature Birth Report Card each November to highlight the impact of premature birth in the United States. This year, New York State earned a B on the report card. New York's premature birth rate is currently 8.9 percent. 

    2016 - 2017 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.

    • March of Dimes issued a letter to Governor Cuomo and the Division of the Budget calling for continued funding of Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families New York, and Community Optional Preventive Programs.

    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.org/advocacy/actioncenter.html to register! 

    Did you know... 

      • New York will spend approximately $1.3 billion on premature birth this year.
      • The 2020 premature birth rate goal is 8.1 percent. 
      • Premature birth rates are highest among New York's black (12.5 percent) and Hispanic populations (9.1 percent).






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