'Fourth Trimester' bill dies in Assembly


State Sen. Gustavo Rivera’s attempts to expand Medicaid coverage for new mothers through the first year after giving birth passed the senate, but stalled in the Assembly.

Rivera called S.1411-A the “Beyond the Fourth Trimester” bill, designed to expand Medicaid coverage for new mothers from the first 60 days after giving birth, to the first 365.

If it had become law, the legislation would have directed the state’s health commissioner to immediately seek approval for federal financial participation to share the costs in funding the expansion. Some of that money is available now throuh the American Rescue Plan enacted by Congress last March.


Gender identity bill heads to Cuomo

A bill that would allow people more control over how their gender is identified in government documents is on its way to the governor after passing both the Assembly and the senate.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman sponsored S.4402-B/A, while Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell led the companion bill, A.5465-D, in the lower chamber.

The bill, if it becomes law, is intended to make it easier for transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary and intersex residents update and obtain government-issued identification documents that accurately reflect their gender identity.

“Each and every New Yorker should be recognized for who they are by their government,” Hoylman said, in a release. “But today, it remains incredibly hard for many New Yorkers to get the indentification documents they require for travel, to get a job, and even to go to school.

“This bill will change that, making it easier for gender non-conforming, transgender, non-binary and intersex New Yorkers — including minors — to get IDs that accurately reflect their identity.”

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