New York State Advocacy

March of Dimes volunteers and staff work to influence both legislative and regulatory activities in each state by serving as powerful voices for the needs of pregnant women, infants, children and families. Our efforts span the full range of our annual 
Advocacy & Government Affairs priorities, including access to care, research and surveillance, and prevention and education. 

In New York, the March of Dimes successfully advocated for 14 legislative wins in 2017 including Medicaid coverage for donor breast milk for qualifying infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); legislation to designate public school grounds as non-e-cigarette sites under the state’s Clean Air Act; establish a rural health council in New York State, which will advise the Commissioner on reproductive and prenatal services, and other rural health aspects; and legislation adding e-cigarettes to the same regulations as other nicotine products. 

Advocates also worked with coalition partners to defeat legislation mandating neonatologist screen and report incidences of NAS; advocating to prohibit insurance companies from requiring prior authorization to cover neonatal care and hospitalization services; and opposed legislation allowing full exemptions to school-aged children’s immunization schedules. 

Additionally in New York, the March of Dimes worked to secure 5 funding priorities in the state budget including 3 home visiting programs, Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families New York, and Community Optional Preventive Services (COPS), and funding for tobacco control and immunization programs. 

Volunteer Opportunities

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Below are just a few examples of fact sheets and issue briefs used in successful state advocacy efforts.

See also: State advocacy (overview)Federal advocacyAdvocacy and Government Affairs Issues and PrioritiesPolicies & positionsVictories & achievementsMarch of Dimes Foundation Data Book for Policy Makers and Peristats