Senator announces funding Tuesday, meets with seniors, staff at skilled nursing facility
WATERTOWN (September 21, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine visited the Samaritan Keep Home today to meet with seniors and announce a $100,000 legislative grant to help the nursing home facility with the digitization of its patient’s medical records.
I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.
In reviewing what summer 2010 will be remembered for, I am struck by the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the hottest summer on record in New York City and a disturbing upsurge in Islamophobia throughout the US, including right here in New York City.
Early September this year brings the Jewish New Year (L’SHANA TOVA 5771 to those of you who are celebrating) and so too the end of Ramadan for the Muslim community, which is celebrated with a big feast, that happens to fall on September 11th this year. Jewish and Muslim holidays move dates every year due to solar changes.
Funding protects Clinic’s vital programming to maintain services to uninsured, underinsured
WATERTOWN (August 17, 2010)—The North Country Children’s Clinic and State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today announced that the clinic has received a $200,000 legislative grant secured by the Senator to help the clinic cover the cost of medical and dental care for uninsured and underinsured children.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he will be hosting his annual Fall Community Health and Wellness Expo for families and seniors throughout Northeast Queens on Sunday October 3, 2010. The expo will take from 12 pm to 3 pm at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church located at 34-45 202nd Street in Bayside.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) and members of the Suffolk County Legislature announced today their proposal for the creation of a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) for the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility. This proposal would protect the public mission of the facility by avoiding its sale to a private entity, while relieving the county of the responsibility for operating the facility.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that a new insurance program to assist those individuals who have pre-existing health conditions is now accepting applications for coverage. The NY Bridge Plan, as the new program is known, will start providing coverage on October 1st to those people accepted into the program.
Senator Parker partnered with New York Blood Center and college intern Shamika Yearwood to encourage Flatbush residents to donateblood at the Senator’s constituent service day event. To incentivize would be donors, the New York Blood Center promised Ms. Yearwood a $250 scholarship towards her tuition if she could help them collect 40 pints of blood.
Action taken by the United States Senate today is welcome news for New York and other states struggling to overcome historic budget deficits. I urge the House of Representatives to act as quickly as possible and applaud Speaker Pelosi for indicating the House will return from recess to take a vote on this critical funding. Those who supported SA 4575 on FMAP and education funding for state governments understand what the consequences of inaction would mean to our state’s health care services, education programs, and organizations that provide for the needy throughout New York. The Senate’s legislation will also secure jobs for hundreds of thousands of firefighters, police officers, and teachers, keeping our communities safe and economy growing.
Today’s action by the US Senate on SA 4575 on FMAP, Education, and SNAP funding for state governments is a welcome sign Washington understands the fiscal pressures New York and other states are struggling to overcome.
State Senator Jeff Klein and Weill Cornell Community Clinic present FREE cardiovascular screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol, at the Throggs Neck Community Center on Saturday, July 31st. To RSVP, contact Senator Klein's office at 718-822-2049. WALK-INS WELCOME.
**Overnight fasting is required to participate in the screenings.**