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Harlem United Urges Legislators to Pass Primary Care Bill

Harlem United joined healthcare advocates from across New York State to send a letter to legislative leaders in Albany, encouraging them to support A7230-B (Gottfried) / S6534-C (Rivera).The proposed legislation would convene a collaborative of expert stakeholders to: Define primary care for the purposes of measuring spendingOversee the collection of spending data from all payers across New York StatePublish a report on current primary care spendingProvide recommendations to gradually increase the proportion of health care spending that goes to primary care across all payers in the state Read the Full Letter

IN THE MEDIA: New York City drug overdose data from 2021 continues to rise; providers are expanding harm reduction

By Max Parrott amNY “Is that going into an agency like ours to actually trickle down to the ground of getting people off opioids into treatment into long-term job opportunities and housing?” - Tamisha McPherson, Chief External Affairs and Development Officer | Executive Director of URAM In 2020 the number of fatal drug overdose deaths in New York City surged to the highest level since reporting on that statistic began in 2000. A report released earlier this month shows that 2021’s tragic overdose death toll is on track to be even higher. The first two quarters of 2021 produced 1,233 overdose deaths in New York, as opposed to 965 overdose ...

IN THE MEDIA: Pharmacy carve-out would harm Medicaid beneficiaries, put lives at risk

By Save NY's Safety Net Coalition Empire Report “The pharmacy counter is where the rubber meets the road for many of the patients we see. This policy will lead to treatment delays that will needlessly put the lives of the most vulnerable New Yorkers at risk. If we want to tackle long-standing health disparities with an equitable, whole health approach, we cannot dis-integrate the pharmacy benefit from Medicaid managed care.”  - Jacqui Kilmer, Harlem United CEO For years, Carol struggled to manage her multiple chronic conditions, including HIV and sickle cell disease. She was stuck in a cycle of emergency room visits, with seemingly no ...

Safety Net Providers Demand Repeal of Medicaid Pharmacy Carve-Out

https://www.harlemunited.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Hero-Image.mp4 Harlem United client Anthony Randolf speaks at a rally at Governor Hochul's Manhattan office on March 1, 2022 For Immediate Release March 1, 2022 Contact: Liz Benjamin, Liz@MarathonStrategies.com 518-424-0356 Safety-Net Providers Mark 2-Year Anniversary of NYC’s First Confirmed COVID-19 Case, Demand Governor Hochul Protect Vulnerable Patients by Permanently Repealing Medicaid Drug Carve-Out Local Health Centers That Provided Essential, Life-Saving Care, Vaccines To At-Risk New Yorkers Will Lose Critical Funding, Endangering Patients, If Carve-Out Is Implemented New York, NY ...

Harlem United Supports Primary Care Investment Bill

Harlem United joined healthcare advocates from across New York State to send a letter to Governor Hochul, encouraging her to incorporate S6534A (Rivera)/A7230 (Gottfried) into her FY23 Executive Budget. The proposed legislation would convene a collaborative of expert stakeholders to:  Define primary care for the purposes of measuring spending Oversee the collection of spending data from all payers across New York State Publish a report on current primary care spending Provide recommendations to gradually increase the proportion of health care spending that goes to primary care across all payers in the state Read the Full Letter

COVID-19 Working Group NY Sends Recommendations to Gov Hochul

Harlem United signed on to a letter addressed to Governor Hochul recommending initial actions to respond to COVID-19. Read the full letter

IN THE MEDIA: OPEN on BronxNet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy1t7lbSWNM&ab_channel=BronxNet Today, OPEN on BronxNet aired the above interview with Tamisha McPherson, Chief External Affairs and Development Officer & Executive Director of URAM.

NYS Opioid Overdose Awareness Day

My name is Mary Brewster, I’m the Managing Director of Integrated Harm Reduction Programs at Harlem United. Today is the first annual New York State Opioid Overdose Awareness Day, led by the NYS Department of Health. In 2020, we lost 93,000 friends, neighbors, family members, and loved ones to fatal overdose across the US, a 30% increase over 2019. Prevent Fatal Overdose in Your Community I’ve seen this heartbreaking reality in my day-to-day work in the past year. I’m sure you personally experienced the ripple effects of the pandemic in your own life, and it’s the same for my clients who use drugs. Social isolation pushed many of them to ...

Harlem United Supports Overdose Prevention Centers

Harlem United and other harm reduction service providers sent a letter to Governor Hochul to encourage her to authorize a pilot program for Overdose Prevention Centers in NYS. Read the Full Letter

Harlem United Opposes Proposed Chick-fil-A Service within NYS Thruway Rest Stops

Harlem United joined The New Pride Agenda and other community partners including Callen-Lorde, GMHC, and Housing Works to call on the New York State Thruway Authority to reconsider its decision to award Applegreen the lease for New York State Thruway rest stops. As LGBTQ leaders and advocates, we are concerned that Applegreen has included on its list of approved concessions the restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A Read the Full Letter