Issues: Health Care

SENATOR BONACIC RECOGNIZES THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ENACTMENT OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

(Middletown, NY)-State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) issued the following statement on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

July 24, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Dedication for the Kaye Center for Cancer Wellness

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Gordon Hershberger. The Kaye Center for Cancer Wellness was established in memory of Kathleen "Kaye" Hoffman Hershberger to meet the needs of men and woman who are battling cancer.  The Kaye Center is located in the Northeast Family YMCA in Baldwinsville. The official dedication was held on July 7, 2015.  

July 8, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Ceremony Marking St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center's New Affiliation with Trinity Health

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Trinity Health CEO Richard Gilfillan, St. Joseph's Hospital President Kathryn Ruscitto, Assemblyman William Magnarelli and Assemblyman Ale Stirpe. The ceremony marked the first day of St. Joseph Hospital's new affiliation with Trinity Health.

July 2, 2015
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Sen. Griffo debates bill for emergency access to medical marijuana

Watch Senator Griffo debate his bill (S5086) on the floor of Senate that would expedite emergency access to medical marijuana. It was later passed by the Senate. 

June 23, 2015
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Sen. Griffo debates bill for emergency access to medical marijuana

Watch Senator Griffo debate his bill (S5086) on the floor of Senate that would expedite emergency access to medical marijuana. It was later passed by the Senate. 

June 23, 2015
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Griffo, fire officials praise Senate’s passage of bill that provides more cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters

ALBANY – The New York State Senate last week passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would expand benefit coverage for volunteer firefighters who are diagnosed with various forms of cancer linked to their duties.

The overexposure to smoke that volunteer firefighters experience every time they battle flames makes it more likely that they will develop lung cancer. The exposure to smoke and toxic fumes also creates greater risk that a firefighter will develop cancer in other parts of their body, like their esophagus, stomach, blood, intestines and brain.

June 22, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE BILL TO BETTER PROTECT PATIENT CARE WORKERS

Senator Rich Funke today announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he sponsors to classify the assault of a worker providing direct patient care as Assault in the Second Degree. His bill, S.3621-A, would put patient care workers in parity with Registered Nurses, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians, who already receive increased protections while engaged in their official duties. The legislation passed the Senate with bipartisan support and is endorsed by the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).

June 19, 2015
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Telehealth Services To Expand To Include Dental Care

Legislation Sponsored by Senator Young Will Boost Patients Access to Needed Dental Services

 

ALBANY – New Yorkers, especially those who live in rural communities, will soon have greater access to medical care, especially specialists who focus on unique diseases, and faster, more convenient treatment options. Under the new legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), telehealth services, which were opened earlier this year in New York, will now be expanded to include dental healthcare professionals.

 

June 16, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves Lyme disease awareness and prevention legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara, who says work of Senate task force will continue (UPDATED following Senate approval at 3:00 p.m.)

Albany, N.Y., June 16—The New York State Senate today unanimously approved two pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) to bolster the state’s efforts to raise public awareness on the prevention of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

O’Mara, who serves as a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, said that the legislation is being approved as regional concerns about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases have dramatically increased over the past few years.

June 16, 2015
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Griffo Joins Patients, Families As They Rally For Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined patients, family members and advocates as they stood with legislators from both sides of the aisle today in support of a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.

June 9, 2015
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BONACIC ATTENDS GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING AT NEW ASSISTED LIVING CENTER IN THE TOWN OF WALLKILL

(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined local elected officials, business leaders, health professionals and community members and delivered remarks at the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Braemar at Wallkill, an assisted living residence with 200 units in the Town of Wallkill. The facility offers on and off-site programming, multiple dining areas and several recreational lounges for its residents. They also offer a full complement of health-care services including a unit dedicated to serving dementia  and Alzheimer's residents.

June 4, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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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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