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Transgender Healthcare on Tap

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Early last month New York State health officials partially lifted a 17-year-old ban on transgender health care from Medicaid, affording people seeking surgeries transitioning from one gender to another coverage for the procedures.

But a key element to transgender health care is still unavailable because there are no surgeons in New York City who specialize in gender reassignment surgery. People who want to have bottom surgery, changing their body below the belt, and top surgery, which changes the body above the belt, need to go out of state for their operations, making the process more complicated, expensive and harrowing.

The regulation, which took effect March 11, has left Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, which hopes to be the first in New York to provide transitional surgeries, scrambling to meet the new demand.

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Neglect Takes Toll On Tenants

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

For two days this winter, the school bus left without Anna Perez.

The elevators in her Bronx public housing development were out – again. Perez, 21, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was stranded in her 10th floor apartment, according to her mother, Haydee Perez.

“It’s stressful, especially when I can’t take her to school,” said Haydee Perez, 51. “She starts crying.”

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NYCHA Tenants Fight Back

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Tired waiting for repairs, frustrated tenants at one of the city’s biggest public housing developments filed suit charging conditions there are “a danger to their life, health or safety.”

Twenty tenants of Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx sued NYCHA, asking a judge to force repairs of moldy bathrooms, leaky pipes and broken elevators.

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How Much Water Do You Use?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Staten Island’s Heroin Problem

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Healthcare Guide Funding Threat

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Brooklyn Boy Races Against Time

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

NYCHA’s Leaky OT Budget

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Mold Takes Their Breath Away

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014