From Poverty to Opportunity Symposium: Promoting Access to Health Care in Hard to Reach Communities

by Sara Nassof

From Poverty to Opportunity Symposium Series Part 4Panelists:

Moderator: Marjorie Cadogan, Executive Deputy Commissioner, New York City Human Resource Administration’s Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access


In this session the panelists, Health Care Navigators, discussed the organizations that they represent and their mission to raise awareness about health care. A health care navigator is a person or organization that is trained to assist persons in obtaining and learning about health care options available to them in the Marketplace. All Health Care Navigators who presented on the panel represent organizations that specialize in assisting New Yorkers in enrolling in medical health plans. Moreover, all of the organizations specialize in reaching hard-to-reach populations.

In New York, more than nine million people are currently enrolled in either Medicaid or a private insurance program. Approximately 500,000 of these participants in health insurance are residents of New York City. The panelists discussed the history of health insurance in New York City and how the role of Health Care Navigators was developed. Today, Health Care Navigators help residents of New York City take advantage of available programs and enroll in health insurance.

The panelists all agreed that the best way to get people involved in the discussion of health insurance starts with identifying the needs of the family or individuals, and then following through with these individuals and families to target their needs as they may change with the passage of time.… <Read More>

Weekly Round-up October 27th, 2014

Immigration Status Not “Fatal” in Name Change Application in NYC:

  • In Matter of Arrieta Salas, petitioner appealed the order of the Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County, because the decision denied her application for a name change.
  • Transgendered petitioner wished to change her name from Paulo Cesar Arrieta Salas to Raquel Ramirez in order to accurately reflect her female gender identity.
  • On appeal, the court granted the petitioner’s application for a name change. Under section 61 of the Civil Rights Law, the petitioner for a name change must specify the grounds for the application, and the petitioner must disclose pertinent background information. Here, the petitioner properly submitted all of the required information including her address,  and the record indicated that there was no evidence of fraud, misrepresentation, or interference with the rights of others.
  • Additionally, a petitioner who submits a name change application does not have to provide proof of their immigration status. The appellate court stated that Civil Rights Law § 61 requires that a name change applicant provide their “residence.” The plain meaning of the statute does not require anything further. The lower court interpreted residence as legal residence. Thus, the lower court denied petitioner’s application, because she could not provide the court with proof of citizenship or lawful immigration status.
  • The appellate court articulated the standard for petitioner’s residence as follows: “That the Costa Rican born petitioner was unable to provide the court with proof of citizenship or lawful immigration status was not fatal to the otherwise meritorious name change application.
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From Poverty To Opportunity Symposium: Creating Supportive Work Experiences for Disconnected Youth

By: Natalie Diratsouian

From Poverty to Opportunity Symposium Series Part 3Panelists:

Moderator:  Greg Hambric, Regional Recruiter at Modell’s Sporting Goods


“Creating Supportive Work Experiences for Disconnected Youth” assessed the ways in which the panelists’ organizations’ representatives assist in providing disconnected youth with opportunities and training that may otherwise be either unavailable or difficult to obtain. The panelists demonstrated that disconnected youths have the potential to be high performers when given the right tools through education, partnership and a proactive approach.

The services outlined by the panelists range from initial resume-building and skill obtainment, to interview preparation, and on-the-job training. Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), for instance, provides a service, “Reengagement Tuesdays,” during which the youth who recently obtained a job, works with professionals from OBT for approximately five weeks prior to starting the job. During this five-week period, OBT assesses and identifies the youth’s needs and goals, including: team building, training, childcare, and housing. Additionally, “Reengagement Tuesdays” provide a retention and follow-up service by allowing for some time in which the youths talk to each other and discuss difficult situations that they may encounter in the workplace in order to receive feedback and advice from their peers.

Some successes that the groups have maintained include securing corporate partnerships and identifying the youths’ interests in order to keep them engaged.… <Read More>

Weekly Round-Up October 20th, 2014

Court of Appeals Nomination:

  • Governor Cuomo announced that he is nominating Justice Leslie Stein to the NY Court of Appeals. Justice Stein currently serves as Associate Justice of the Appellate Division (Third Department) of the New York State Supreme Court and has seventeen years experience on the bench in New York.
  • Justice Stein began her legal career in private practice as an attorney specializing in matrimonial and family law. In 2001, she served as acting Albany County Family Court Judge. She also served as Presiding Judge of the Rensselaer County Integrated Domestic Violence Part from 2006-2008. She has served on the New York State Association of Women Judges, the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, as well as, the co-chair of the New York State Unified Court System Family Violence Task Force.
  • On his nomination of Justice Stein, Governor Cuomo said “Justice Leslie Stein has extensive judicial experience and has worked throughout her career to help ensure that women, families, victims of domestic violence, and vulnerable New Yorkers have a voice in our legal system. She has also sought to advance the cause of women and diversity in the legal profession,” The next step is Senate approval after the November elections.


Flu Vaccines Mandated for Pre-Schoolers:

  • The Board of Health has approved mandatory flu vaccinations for children in city licensed day cares and preschools. This will affect children from six months to five years old, totaling around 150,000 children. The rule requires children to be vaccinated by December 31, 2014.
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Weekly Round-Up October 13th, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Legal in 5 More States:

  • The Supreme Court denied certiorari in seven cases from five states in the Fourth, Seventh and Tenth Circuits in which courts had struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, meaning that same sex marriages will be recognized in those states and soon in others. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia will allow same-sex marriage. It is likely that this will affect the courts’ decisions in several other pending lawsuits in the Fourth and Tenth Circuits, which may pave the way for same-sex marriage in: West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas.  As of the date of the Supreme Court’s most recent decision, 19 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia allowed same-sex marriage. To read more about this decision, please read the article written by NYLS professor Arthur S. Leonard, by clicking here.  For more information, click here.

New Traffic Law: Civil Penalties For Hit and Run Drivers

  • New York State law requires an individual who knows or should know that they have been involved in a car accident involving property damage or injury to remain on the scene so that they may give their contact and insurance information to the injured party or police officer. The information that must be provided to the victim or the police officer includes the individual’s name, residence, license number, and insurance information.
  • Currently, if an individual flees the scene of an accident, there is a maximum fine of $5,000 under State law, but imposing this fine is difficult, due to the nature of a hit-and-run.
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