The 2021 Health Power 100
January 19, 2021
Year after year, health care is one of the biggest policy issues in New York, whether it’s Medicaid spending, access to abortion or the opioid epidemic. Over the past year, however, health care became the single biggest issue as COVID-19 tore through the state. Since the first New York case was documented in early March and the state became an epicenter of the pandemic, COVID-19 has killed more than 32,000 New Yorkers and disrupted everyday life in countless ways. The state’s vaunted health care institutions struggled to respond, and medical professionals and policymakers of all types have joined forces to confront the public health crisis. This year, City & State’s Health Power 100 highlights the individuals – public officials, health care executives, advocates and activists, academics and labor leaders – who are navigating the crisis and finding a path forward.
97. Mark Ustin
Partner, Farrell Fritz
Mark Ustin has high-level experience in New York’s executive and legislative branches and deep knowledge of agencies including the state Department of Health and the Office of Mental Health. Ustin sees the COVID-19 response as transformative. “The changes made now – including changes in telehealth, scope of practice, provider capacity and cooperation, and the focus on public health – are going to have a permanent impact on the health care and business landscape,” he told Long Island Business News last year.
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