Issues: Health Care

Senator Valesky Partners with Oneida YMCA and Red Cross for Blood Drive

SYRACUSE--Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is partnering with the American Red Cross for a special “Communities That Care” blood drive on Friday, June 27, from 12:00 p.m.

June 23, 2014
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The Compassionate Care Act

On the last day of the 2014 session, I was honored to have the opportunity to speak on the floor of the Senate regarding my vote in favor of the Compassionate Care Act. I am proud to have been part of a bill that will bring relief to people suffering from serious illnesses.

June 20, 2014
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Sen. Krueger Passes Landmark Maternal Depression Legislation

Sen. Krueger speaks on S. 7234B, her legislation to increase education, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of maternal depression disorders. This bill passed both houses and now awaits the governor's signature. For more information, read this press release!

June 19, 2014
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Gottfried-Krueger Maternal Depression Legislation Passes Both Houses, Will Help New Mothers and Families

Sen. Krueger and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried today announced the unanimous passage of legislation in both the Senate and Assembly that would provide education and promote screening and treatment-referrals for postpartum depression and other maternal depression disorders (S. 7234B / A. 9610B). Despite the widespread nature and severity of maternal depression, our healthcare system has had no system-wide screening and referral procedure.

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Address Lyme Disease Treatments

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will help doctors and patients treat the symptoms of Lyme and other chronic diseases. The bill (S7854), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), was among the recommendations in a report released today by the Senate Majority Coalition’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. 

June 18, 2014
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Senate Passes Griffo Bill To Help Utica-Watertown Region

ALBANY – The New York State Senate passed a bill (S.3468) Monday that would provide an additional $573,794 in funds to the Utica/Watertown region for job training in the health care industry.

June 17, 2014
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Griffo Supports Women's Rights Bills

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today helped passed bills designed to enhance women’s rights in New York.

The Senate passed a bill requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related medical conditions, as well as a bill to tough penalties against sex traffickers.

June 13, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Ensuring Medical Care for the State's Most Vulnerable Children

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would ensure that the state’s most vulnerable children receive necessary medical care in the absence of parental consent.

June 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Relay for Life in Sullivan County

Senator Bonacic visited the Sullivan County Relay for Life event, held on June 7, 2014, and sponsored by Crystal Run Healthcare.  This event honors cancer survivors, remembers those we have lost, and raises funds and awareness to fight back against cancer. 

With the Senator is (l) Mary DeFreitas, Chief Human Resources Officer for Crystal Run; and (r) Joan Patterson, RN, Director of Nursing/Rock Hill.  Deb Polin, one of the Relay for Life Team Captains is at the far right.

 

 

June 9, 2014
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Senate Passes Senator Parker’s Bill to Aid Prisoners Upon their Release

(Brooklyn, NY) – Last week, the State Senate passed Senate Bill S.1353, by Senator Kevin Parker.  The bill requires that prisoners be informed of healthcare, mental healthcare and other services upon their release from state prison. In an attempt to make their reintegration into society as seamless as possible, and to safeguard our community’s public health and welfare, the former prisoners will be alerted to special programs in their communities, such as tuberculosis services, HIV/AIDS services, education, alcohol or substance abuse treatment, and other general mental health services.

June 4, 2014
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Sen. Krueger, Advocates Applaud Passage of “Boss Bill” in Senate Labor Committee, Call for Floor Vote Before End of Session

Sen. Krueger applauded the Senate Labor Committee’s passage today of her legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578B). Sen. Krueger called on the Senate majority’s co-leaders to follow up on this positive step by allowing a floor vote on the bill before the close of the 2014 session.

June 3, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #21: Putting More Truth in Advertising

Here’s a straightforward, but deceptively hard question: You’re deciding between two doctors for your upcoming heart surgery. One has advertised as being “board certified” by the American Academy of Cardiology. The other, you learn, was certified by the American College of Cardiology. Which one would you trust with the scalpel? (The answer is at the end of this column.)

If you’re hemming and hawing about your answer, take comfort. You are not alone. It is so easy to get confused about the qualifications of medical professionals – and your life may depend on it.

I believe the medical profession needs more truth in its advertising. I’ve introduced a bill that would protect the patient by implementing four small changes.

May 22, 2014
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Organizations Representing More Than 200,000 NYS Veterans Urge Passage of Griffo, Brindisi Bill

Bill Creates Criminal Justice Framework to Ensure Veterans with Untreated Mental Health Conditions Receive Treatment & Fair Process

May 20, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Compassionate Care Advocates

Senator Bonacic met with constituents (l to r) Jessica Koock, Cindy Tangney and Eileen Konieczny recently at the District Office to discuss the Compassionate Care Act (SB4406) which would legalize marijuana for a certified medical use, and could only be administered by a certified patient or designated caregiver.  The Senator advised them that he would support the bill if it came to the Senate floor. 

May 20, 2014
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Griffo Asks Governor To Proclaim May As Lupus Awareness Month

"I'm pleased to once again help educate my colleagues in state government about lupus. I advocate in memory of my aunt, who was afflicted by this devastating autoimmune disease. Lupus affects more than 1.5 million Americans - 100,000 of them live right here in New York. And yet, there's so much we still don't know about it. We need to find a way to diagnose the disease quicker, to treat it effectively and to wipe it out completely." - Sen. Joe Griffo

May 12, 2014
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Legislative Report with Senator Parker and Yvonne Graham, NYS DOH Associate Commissioner

 

April is National Minority Health Month. Senator Parker welcomes New York State Department of Health Associate Commissioner Yvonne Graham, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention.

Listen as they discuss the health inequities among various populations and how her office works plan to address these specific issues 2013-2017.

For more information about the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, please call 518-474-2180 or visit www.doh.gov.

 

April 29, 2014
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"Your Voice" with Senator Griffo

On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.

With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.

"Your Voice" is hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

 

April 29, 2014
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Complete Video of Senator Marchione's April 23rd Community Forum at Hudson Valley Community College on Preventing Heroin & Opioid Abuse

Complete video of April 23rd community forum held at Hudson Valley Community College on preventing heroin & opioid Abuse. The community forum, hosted and moderated by NYS Senator Kathy Marchione, was well-attended and featured an expert panel of law enforcement, addiction treatment/recovery specialists, health care professionals, educators and elected officials.

April 28, 2014
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Complete Video of April 23rd Community Forum at Hudson Valley Community College on Preventing Heroin & Opioid Abuse

Complete video of April 23rd community forum held at Hudson Valley Community College on preventing heroin & opioid Abuse. The community forum, hosted and moderated by NYS Senator Kathy Marchione, was well-attended and featured an expert panel of law enforcement, addiction treatment/recovery specialists, health care professionals, educators and elected officials.

April 28, 2014
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