Issues: Health Care

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE INMATES TO MAKE MEDICAL COPAYMENTS

Bill Would Protect New York Taxpayers

The New York State Senate has passed a bill (S.476) that would protect the taxpayers of New York State by requiring state and county correctional facility inmates to make copayments for health care visits the same policy that is in place in the federal prison system and two-thirds of the states.

May 14, 2012
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The State Senate Declares May as Lupus Awareness Month

(Albany, NY)- Yesterday the New York State Senate unanimously passed a Resolution proclaiming May 2011 as Lupus Awareness Month in the State of New York. The Senate Resolution was sponsored by Senator Joseph A. Griffo and co-sponsored by Senator Jose M. Serrano. The Resolution also passed the New York State Assembly where it was sponsored by Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson.Lupus is a chronic disease that affects the immune system, causing it to become hyperactive and attack normal tissue. Of those affected with the illness, roughly 90 percent are women. Lupus is most prevalent among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asians.

May 11, 2012
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New York State Senate Passes Bill To Protect Kodak Retiree Health Care

 

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robach would provide safety net

 in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated

 

Rochester, NY - Eastman Kodak’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year has prompted much uncertainty for employees and retirees of the company. If Kodak eliminates health benefits for retirees, those who have not yet reached the age of 65 (when they qualify for Medicare) will be left uninsured. 

 

May 8, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Encourages Western New Yorkers to Participate in the National Prescription Drug Drop-Off

The National Prescription Drug Drop-Off will be hosting “drive-in, drop-off” programs at sites throughout Western New York this month. Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is strongly encouraging area residents who have any excess, unused, or expired prescription medications, or over-the-counter drugs, to take advantage of this opportunity to safely and securely dispose of them.

April 20, 2012
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Public Health Experts, Human Rights Advocates Join Senator Montgomery in Calling for Law Barring Use of Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution

Albany, NY: Public health experts, human rights activists and advocates for sex workers and the LGBT community, joined with NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in calling for the passage of the Senator’s legislation (S.323/A.1008) that would barr the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution.

April 19, 2012
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Senator Martins Meets With Nursing Students from Molloy College

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed nursing students from Molloy College to Albany as he met with them to discuss issues important to nursing. "I commend these student for choosing such a noble career as nursing. I wish them much success and look forward to meeting with them again to discuss healthcare issues that are important to all of us," said Senator Martins

April 18, 2012
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Medicaid Relief

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 9, 2012   Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Strong Medicaid Relief in 2012-2013 State Budget

April 9, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 4, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov |(518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTHSenator Huntley Supports Autism Advocacy

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month and encourages New Yorkers to learn more about autism and its effects on children and their families, as well as what can be done to help the cause.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Presents Pen Certificate to NYC's Nurse Practitioners

Senator Montgomery presents nurse practioners from NYC with a pen certificate commemorating the enactment of the 2011 Montgomery law that authorizes nurse practitioners to sign death certificates.

March 28, 2012
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3/27/2012: Session

Senator Huntley speaking in support of this resolution:

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2012, as Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2012, as Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, "Autism Spectrum Disorders", or ASDs, refers to neurobiological conditions including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett's Synrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders; and

March 27, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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