Issues: Health Care

RITCHIE TEAMS WITH OSWEGO COUNTY SCHOOLS TO ‘FIGHT THE BITE’

Students and Families Recruited in Latest Effort to Raise Awareness and Stop EEE 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again teaming with Oswego County health officials and educators to raise awareness and help fight the deadly mosquito-borne disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.

This week, Senator Ritchie distributed more than 20,000 EEE educational flyers to all nine Oswego County school districts. The flyers contain information about EEE and ways that residents can protect themselves, and was created in cooperation with Oswego County’s Health Department and the family of Maggie Sue Wilcox, the little New Haven girl who died in 2011 after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

May 12, 2015
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Queens Pol Pushes Law to Challenge Anti-Vaxxers

“I believe in science, and the science is clear that vaccines are the right answer to help our children avoid disease,” said Democrat Michael Gianaris, the bill sponsor.

Read the full story in the New York Daily News for more on Senator Gianaris' work to keep our children safe and educate parents about the benefits of vaccines. 

 

April 30, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC GREETS MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM TOURO COLLEGE OF MIDDLETOWN

Senator Bonacic  was pleased to meet and speak with medical students from Touro College’s Middletown Campus today in Albany. The students were in Albany as part of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society’s lobby day. The Middletown campus opened its doors to students in August of 2014 and trains those students in a holistic approach to the practice of medicine. With several major hospitals surrounding the college, Touro students are well positioned to continue their work serving the residents on the Hudson Valley after they graduate.

April 28, 2015
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BONACIC ATTENDS ANNUAL DONOR RECEPTION FOR ORANGE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Senator  Bonacic was pleased to join friends and neighbors at the Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) Foundation’s Annual Donor Reception held at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club in the Town of Wallkill on April 23. The annual reception is held every year as a way to celebrate those who have contributed financial resources to help make ORMC a state of the art medical facility, and an economic driver for the Hudson Valley region.

April 24, 2015
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AARP Thanks Senator Valesky for Voting to Pass CARE Act; Assembly Likely to Take Up

ALBANY, New York – Critical help for millions of family caregivers across New York took a giant step toward reality this week when the State Senate – with the support of Senator David Valesky - unanimously (59-0) passed the CARE Act, legislation to support family caregivers as they safely help New Yorkers age at home.

The Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable Act ensures hospital patients can designate a family caregiver and requires hospitals to offer that caregiver instruction and demonstrations of medical tasks they are being expected to provide for their loved ones at home, such as administering multiple medications, dressing wounds, and operating medical equipment.

April 23, 2015
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Legislation Passed To Help Keep Older Adults, Others With Long Term Care Needs In Their Homes

The CARE Act ensures caregivers are involved in and educated about their loved one’s medical needs

 

ALBANY – With more and more Americans requiring long term care each year, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week moved to ensure family caregivers receive consultation in the treatment of a loved one, as well as training to assist with post-release care tasks.

 

The CARE Act is an important step toward improving the quality of care for patients when they are released from the hospital, and will help cut down on the estimated $17 billion in Medicare funds spent each year nationally on hospital readmissions.

 

April 22, 2015
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SQUADRON, SIMON BILL TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY INPUT WHEN HOSPITALS ARE THREATENED PASSES CMTE

"LICH Act" Passes in Bipartisan Vote, Moves to Finance Committee

Squadron: No Community Should Experience The Chaos We Did At LICH

ALBANY – Today, the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act -- which would establish a clear, transparent, and community-oriented process when hospital closures are threatened -- passed the Senate Health Committee in a bipartisan vote. The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

April 22, 2015
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CARE Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 04/21/15 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act” to educate and support the individuals who provide vital healthcare to loved ones.

The legislation (S.676), co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) would update New York’s Public Health Law and require hospitals to provide, at a patient’s request, discharge instructions and post-release care plans to a designated caregiver.

April 21, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Help Family Caregivers

The New York State Senate today passed a measure that would help caregivers receive the necessary resources to deliver care to older adults and others with long term health needs in a home setting.

April 21, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Meets With New York Association of Licensed Midwives

Senator Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) had a productive discussion with the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) today, April 21, in his Albany office. This conversation focused on legislation affecting midwives, access to high quality low cost maternity care, as well as the important role midwives play in the care of infants and mothers.

April 21, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Welsomes Nurses and Students to Albany

Senator  Bonacic met with nurses and students in his Albany office today as part of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Lobby Day.  The most important issue discussed was safe staffing in hospitals. The conversation also focused on the practice of nursing, and the vital role that nurses and students play in our everyday lives.

 

 

April 21, 2015
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SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN STATEMENT ON CHELSEA STD CLINIC CLOSURE

Hoylman to Department of Health: “The closure of an STD clinic in a community with the number of syphilis cases far above the city average is unacceptable and defies common sense”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “I’m deeply concerned by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) decision to close the longstanding STD clinic on West 28th Street for two to three years and instead direct patients to an alternative facility on West 100th Street at a time when Chelsea is suffering from an outbreak of syphilis.

April 21, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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SENATOR RIVERA ANNOUNCES THE REPEAL OF A LAW THAT WOULD CAUSE UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THE BRONX

(Bronx, NY) - Today, Senator Rivera announced that the Health and Mental Hygiene budget bill (S.2007-B/A. 3007-B), which passed with 60 to 1 vote, contained a provision to repeal state law that would require potential health facilities projects in Bronx County to undergo a public forum process to authorize its construction.  The portion of the law that was repealed was passed as part of the 2014-2015 budget in an effort to obstruct the development of a Montefiore facility in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND ULSTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRAIG LOPEZ ANNOUNCE FULL RESTORATION OF $8.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH

(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) and Ulster County Legislator Craig Lopez (R/C/I – Shawangunk) announced today that the 2015-2016 New York State Budget will include a full restoration of $8.5 million in funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program. 

March 30, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

One Limb For Life

      I often marvel at the resiliency of the human spirit. More often than not it’s reflected in a person’s grace in dealing with adversity, accepting that which cannot be changed, and persevering despite the challenge. This resiliency is vibrantly displayed in those who, through a condition at birth or misfortune later in life, rely on prosthetics to go about what we would otherwise consider routine. For them, access to a prosthetic limb is their link to the pursuit of a normal, everyday life and modern healthcare has come a long way in that regard. That’s why what I’m about to share is so implausible, so unreasonable, that you’ll undoubtedly be as offended as I was to hear it.

March 27, 2015
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March 25, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

Along with an update on the on-going State Budget process, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses her efforts to protect employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, the recent expansion of the rural dentistry program and a local resident who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on this week’s edition of “Your Voice.”

 

March 25, 2015
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Senator Comrie, Community Board 12 and Christ Church International Ministries Host Care Expo for Jamaica

Community Health Fair What the Doctor Ordered 

 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: words to live by for those hundreds that flocked to Community Board 12’s first annual Health Fair yesterday, February 19th, 2015, in Jamaica, Queens. The inaugural health fair, offering screenings, services and advice from local health providers, was held at Christ Church International Ministries, and sponsored by Queens Community Board 12, State Senator Leroy G. Comrie (D-Hollis), Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Members I. Daneek Miller (D-Jamaica), Ruben Wills (D-Ozone Park) and Rory I. Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Pathmark Supermarket.

March 20, 2015
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