Cuomo Administration Focuses on Healthcare

The administration of Governor Cuomo now have their attention on healthcare.

In a statement, Cuomo says based on the moves made by the new administration to repeal Obamacare, New York will make strides to strengthen regulations requiring insurance companies to provide cost-free contraceptives and coverage of some abortions.

He adds that he is ordering the state agency that regulates insurers to mandate coverage of, "contraceptive drugs and devices, without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles."

Finally, he asserted that insurers will be ordered to cover, "medically necessary abortions."

The announcement was timed to coincide with the series of Women's Marches around the world, and the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court decision, legalizing some abortions.

Furthermore in healthcare, New York's fledgling medical marijuana program is failing to bring in the bucks the Cuomo administration had projected.

When the program was launched a year ago in January of 2016, initial numbers predicted four-million dollars in yearly tax revenue.

Now, there's word that curative cannabis will generate just half-a-million-dollars for the year ending March 31st.

Cuomo's budget spokesman Morris Peters suggests tax revenues will double next year in 2018.

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