New York Nursing Homes in Crisis During COVID-19 Pandemic

New York Nursing Homes in Crisis During COVID-19 Pandemic

On Mar. 25, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an order requiring nursing homes to accept on an expedited basis all new or returning residents with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 who are discharged from the hospital after being diagnosed as medically stable. The order states: No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to […]

New York on PAUSE During COVID-19 Outbreak

New York on PAUSE During COVID-19 Outbreak

New York has been struggling with responding to one of the worst COVD-19 outbreaks in the world. As of Apr. 25, 2020, an estimated 271,600 people in New York State and 141,754 in New York City have been infected with COVID-19.1 In response to this health crisis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an […]

Amish Children to Be Denied an Education in New York

Amish Children to Be Denied an Education in New York

An Amish family filed a lawsuit in October 2019 arguing that the removal of the religious exemption to vaccination mandated for school attendance violated their rights under the New York Constitution. The family had three unvaccinated children, who were shut out of a private school that enrolled only 24 students, all of whom were Amish […]

2020: Both Sides All In, As Vaccine Legislation Revs Up

2020: Both Sides All In, As Vaccine Legislation Revs Up

There were a record 221 vaccine-related pieces of legislation introduced across 40 states (plus Washington, DC) in 2019. Some battles were won, some were lost, while other battles loom in the near future. 2020 is likely to be a crucial year in the U.S. for medical choice, parental consent, religious freedom, open debate, and Constitutionally-guaranteed […]

This County Banned Unvaccinated Kids from Public Spaces

Joe Hendricks’ kids are part of a growing number of children in the U.S. who are unvaccinated. But unlike other unvaccinated families, Joe’s lives in Rockland County, New York where a first of its kind ultimatum has been put into effect… Get your kids vaccinated or keep them out of public spaces. Locations included in […]

California Special Ed Spending Up 20 Percent to $13 Billion

California Special Ed Spending Up 20 Percent to $13 Billion

California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office  (LAO) has issued a report revealing that public spending on special education students in California has risen by more than 20 percent during the past 10 years, from $10.8 billion to $13 billion. One out of every eight students in California’s public school system now requires special education services, with the […]

Trojan Horse of Measles—More Vaccines With the Mandate

Trojan Horse of Measles—More Vaccines With the Mandate

Opinion | Bills to either remove or restrict vaccine exemptions have been filed across the U.S. in 2019. One of the most striking was New York’s A2371, which eliminated the religious exemption to vaccination in one day, with no public hearings. Soon after, New York state health officials eliminated the ability of doctors to grant medical […]

Why Does the Medical Community Want Access to Our Kids?

Why Does the Medical Community Want Access to Our Kids?

Opinion | In 2016, MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry made a concerning statement. Discussing public education, Harris Perry said, “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families.”1 Fast forward three years later, concepts like “kids belong to the community” are being melded into […]

Silent Carriers of Measles Are Never Diagnosed or Reported

Silent Carriers of Measles Are Never Diagnosed or Reported

Story Highlights The elimination of religious exemptions to vaccination in some states like New York are forcing parents to make the untenable choice between violating their deeply held religious or spiritual beliefs or uprooting their lives and either homeschooling their children or moving to another state. With the focus on a number of measles cases […]

Flight Attendant With Measles Dies of Meningoencephalitis

Flight Attendant With Measles Dies of Meningoencephalitis

A flight attendant with Israel’s El Al airlines was believed to have contracted measles on a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Tel Aviv on Mar. 26, 2019. Rotem Amitai, 43, developed a fever on Mar. 31 and was admitted to Meir Medical Center near Tel Aviv that same day. […]