New bill aims to bring federal aid to New York’s violence prevention programs

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A new bill is aiming to allow Medicaid reimbursement for violence prevention programs in New York hospitals.

The new bill, introduced by State Senator Brad Hoylman, would allow any Medicaid beneficiary who has been involved in or injured by community violence and has been referred by a healthcare provider to be reimbursed.

“Violence is a public health issue that New York State must help address,” said Hoylman. “With our bill, hospitals in partnership with community violence prevention programs will receive federal support to not only treat their patients’ immediate injuries, but also help prevent their future physical and mental harm. Just like other forms of healthcare, victims of violence deserve follow up care and intervention.”

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