AAP District II is funded by your NY Chapter dues                                                  April 2016   

In This Report
NYS AAP Advocacy Day 2016
Annual Leadership Forum (ALF)
Legislative Advocacy
Liability Insurance Time Limited Opportunity
Healthy Steps Funding Opportunity
Atlantic Health Partners Expands its Flu Program
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April 29 - May 1, 2016
11th Annual Metropolitan NY/NJ
Pediatric Board Review Course
Goryeb Children's Hospital, Morristown Medical Center
Morristown, NJ
sponsored by
May 26, 2016
8 AM - 4 PM

Annual Perinatal Day Symposium:  Updates on Neonatology
DoubleTree Hotel Tarrytown, NY
presented by
NYS AAP - Chapter 3
& Maria Fareri Children's Hospital
June 3-5, 2016

11th Annual Metropolitan NY/NJ
Pediatric Board Review Course
North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset, NY
sponsored by


CDC Webinar Recording
HPV Vaccine Recommendation Update

Advocate for Kids and Pediatricians!


Look up your NYS legislators below and schedule a visit in their home office:

Bring our legislative advocacy materials with you:
Click here to learn about the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC).
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Dear Chapter Member,
As I begin my tenure as your Chair, I would like to thank the leadership and the membership for the support and commitment that keeps our District strong! My unanticipated early transition from DVC to Chair was due to the happy circumstance of our former District Chair, Danielle Laraque, being chosen as the President of SUNY Upstate Medical University.
With this, my first District Report, I would like to share some recent highlights, action opportunities and important information with you.
Warren M. Seigel MD, MBA, FAAP, FSAHM
Chair, New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (NYS AAP)
NYS AAP Advocacy Day 2016

First, for those of you who were able to join us for our Albany Advocacy Day on March 22nd, I know you will agree that it was a wonderful day for the District and for pediatricians in New York State. Our morning speakers included the Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, Richard Gottfried, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Quality & Patient Safety, NYSDOH, Foster Gesten, MD, FACP, as well as Donna Bradbury, MA and Matt Perkins, MD, MBA, MPH from OMH Division of Intergrated Services for Children and Families. Together, they offered our group a bird's eye view of the world of children's health in New York State, and the many system change opportunities from the legislative and state agency perspective. They also offered us clear options for how pediatrics will be fused into the various reform agendas that are currently being implemented across all systems of care.
The afternoon was spent meeting with our legislators, and providing them with a pediatric point of view on our legislative and policy agendas. Close to 100 pediatricians and child/adolescent psychiatrists participated. And more than 100 legislative visits were completed! 
We hope to have an even bigger and better Advocacy Day next year. Plan to join us in 2017 for a day of Advocacy for children and for pediatricians in our state capital.
Annual Leadership Forum (ALF)

The 2016 AAP Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) was convened in March. The resolution process resulted in setting priority recommendations from the membership to the Board of Directors of the National AAP.
The Top 5 Resolutions were:
  • Medicaid Parity for the Children of Puerto Rico and all United States Territories
  • AAP Policy Statement on Personal Belief (Non-Medical) Exemptions for Immunizations
  • Supporting Pediatricians Who Discharge Families Who Refuse to Immunize
  • AAP Support Planned Parenthood's and Other Providers' Missions to Provide Critical Sexual Health Care Services to Adolescents
  • Protecting the Rights of Children Born to Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States
For the full Top 10 Resolutions list, click the link below:
Legislative Advocacy
Good News! 
The Governor signed A.9165/S.6421A, which allows retroactive enrollment in CHIP for newborns back to the date of birth if enrollment takes place within 60 days of birth. We have been advocating for this change for many years. Backdating the date of birth coverage for CHIP has been a problem for many families who enrolled their newborns after birth. This legislation solves that problem and tracks with current Medicaid coverage options.
Also, as most of you know, the Governor also signed the Increase in the Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave legislation! These were two of our legislative/policy Child Poverty Reduction priorities for the last three years. This year the children and families of New York won a big victory.

Advocacy Now! 
Now is the perfect time for you to call and/or visit your state legislator in his/her home district. Talk to them about our legislative and policy priorities linked below. They will be happy to hear from you. Remember, every member of the Senate and the Assembly is up for election this year. The reality is that the work of the state legislature has a direct impact on how you practice pediatrics in New York. They need to hear from you. We are the experts in children's health and well-being and in the practice of Pediatrics. Share your expertise with those who make the rules.
Look up your NYS legislators below and schedule a visit in their home office:
Bring our legislative advocacy materials with you:
Liability Insurance
Time Limited Opportunity - May 1st Deadline

We are pleased to collaborate with MLMIC in spreading the news that every physician who is insured with MLMIC as of May 1st and maintains continuous coverage through July 1st will receive a twenty percent (20%) dividend from MLMIC. So, for example, if your medical malpractice premium is $100,000, you will receive a premium credit of $20,000 from MLMIC when your policy renews on July 1st. This is an unprecedented benefit, uniquely provided by MLMIC, at a time when we all need it most.  For more information, visit www.mlmic.com.

Should you have any questions, contact MLMIC at 888-412-2012.
Healthy Steps Funding Opportunity

The State Office of Mental Health has released an RFP to financially support practices to integrate the Healthy Steps program into their existing pediatric practice. The RFP is funded for $6.8 million statewide. Grants will be apportioned regionally. The program will fund the integration of a child and family development professional into pediatric and family medicine doctors' offices to help identify, monitor and treat emerging behavioral and developmental health concerns in young children. 
For more information, see the links below:
Atlantic Health Partners Expands its Flu Program

Atlantic Health Partners has helped members lower their immunization expenses. In addition to providing the most favorable prices for Merck and Sanofi vaccines, Atlantic has expanded its flu program and offers the best pricing and terms for:
  • Sanofi's Fluzone and High Dose Fluzone
  • Seqirus' (previously Novartis) Fluvirin and Fluad
  • MedImmune's Flumist
We encourage you to talk with Atlantic to see how they can assist you with more effectively planning for the next flu season. Contact Cindy or Jeff at 800-741-2044 or at info@atlantichealthpartners.com, or visit www.atlantichealthpartners.com.
We hope you find the information in this report helpful. For more information, please contact Elie Ward, MSW, Director of Policy & Advocacy at eward@aap.net.

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