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Governor Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Agenda

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address on Wednesday, outlining his vision for the 2020 legislative session. The Governor briefly mentioned the looming $6.1 billion budget deficit and the Medicaid gap, saying the system has become “unsustainable.” He also noted New York’s “remarkable achievement” in getting 95% of citizens healthcare coverage.


Cuomo’s “Healthier New York” proposal in his State of the State involves three parts:

  1. Ensuring access to affordable healthcare
  2. Combating the opioid epidemic
  3. Improving public health


Ensuring Access to Affordable Healthcare

  • Lowering prescription drug prices
  • Increasing transparency in healthcare costs
  • Expanding protections from surprise medical bills

Combating the Opioid Epidemic

  • Banning fentanyl analogs
  • Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment

Improving Public Health

  • Crackdown on illegal cigarette sales
  • Stop vaping products from getting into the hands of youth
  • Enhancing physician integrity and accountability
  • Preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics


Read more about Governor Cuomo’s proposals here (pages 260-291)