President's Message

Looking Forward to 2016

Happy Fall! As the weather begins to cool and the changing leaves mark the winding down of another year, we’re starting to look forward to what the new year will hold. In our line of work, this means looking to the upcoming State budget process and legislative session. The 2015 session resulted in several exciting…
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Wishing Medicaid a Happy Birthday and Many More!

The Medicaid program celebrates its 50th anniversary on July 30, 2015. This historic milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the program’s accomplish­ments and affirm its continued importance as a cornerstone of our health care delivery system. Medicaid has transformed health coverage and care for low-income families and individuals in America and has played an…
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New York Must Focus on Children and Families

New York’s 2015 legislative session came to a close, after much fanfare and negotiation, with very little to show in terms of policy change to better support children and families. The Legislature chose not to support the Governor’s proposal to increase the minimum wage, both the Legislature and the Governor failed to act on promising…
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Wage Board Must Look Beyond Fast Food

In May of this year, Governor Cuomo directed New York State’s Acting Labor Commissioner, Mario J. Musolino, to empanel a Fast Food Wage Board.  The Wage Board is presently holding public hearings and accepting comments, and is expected to make recommendations on an increase in the minimum wage in the fast food industry in July. …
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Food Insecurity is an Economic Issue

I recently had the opportunity to testify before the National Commission on Hunger. It was an opportunity to consider Schuyler’s work on family economic security and public health in light of hunger and food insecurity. At the most basic level, in the United States, people experience food insecurity because they are poor. It would be hard…
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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Family values need to be more than just talk. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a great time to put our family values into action and ensure that lawmakers’ decisions—in Albany, Washington, and beyond—have a real, lasting and positive impact for children. Statistics show unmet mental health needs, alcohol or drug abuse, financial distress…
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Addressing Income Inequality in the 2015-16 NYS Budget

This year’s legislative session began with much discussion about poverty and New York’s extreme income inequality (see SCAA’s infographic).  At Schuyler Center’s January policy forum, three New York mayors addressed the impact inequality has on their cities and the ways they are trying to address it.  The Governor called attention to the issue of income…
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Oral Health Report Recommends Prevention Policies

We are proud to release the final report of the Oral Health Leadership Team, The Power of Prevention: The Potential for a Generation of Cavity Free Kids. This publication is the culmination of a year of work by a dedicated group of health professionals, oral health experts and children’s advocates examining the best State-level policies…
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Medicaid to 26

One of the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. Recognizing that young adults who have aged-out of foster care also need access to health insurance, and may not have the option of receiving it through their family, the…
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