Issues: Health Care

Senator Smith meets with New York State Nurses Association

(Albany, NY) State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) met with over 25 members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to discuss two bills affecting healthcare, both of which the lawmaker supports. The Safe Patient Handling Act (S.1123) would establish a statewide safe patient handling policy for health care facilities in the state, and creates the New York State safe patient handling work group.

April 17, 2013
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Senator Bill Larkin Welcomes Constituents from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to the Capitol

Students from Orange County attending the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences visited the Capitol and met with Senator Bill Larkin to lobby in support of increased access to immunizations and collaborative management of drug therapy.

April 16, 2013
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Anthony L. Jordan Health Center Opens Urgent Care Center

On Friday morning, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony of the new Urgent Care Center that is now offered at Anthony L. Jordan Health Center in Rochester. To learn more about the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center and all it offers to our community, visit http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/.

April 15, 2013
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April 2013 is Autism Awareness Month

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that autism has risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States.

In order to raise awareness about the programs and services available to families affected by autism, the New York State Senate has commemorated April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month.

April 12, 2013
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Critical Student Health Program Receives State Funding

 

RICHFIELD SPRINGS, 04/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2013-2014 state budget includes, at his insistence, $150,000 to establish a Bassett Healthcare Network school-based health center (SBH) at Richfield Springs Central School. 

“School-based health centers fill a great void in rural areas like those I serve,” said Senator Seward.  “Bassett Healthcare has developed a successful operating model, the largest rural SBH program in New York State, and expanding services to Richfield Springs Central School will mean healthier children and added peace of mind for parents who choose to utilize the care option.”

April 5, 2013
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Universal Health Care for New York Introduced

New York Health” Single Payer Bill Provides

March 15, 2013
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Senator Kathleen Marchione speaks in support of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling Program

On Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013, Senator Kathleen Marchione attended and addressed the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual legislative lobby day rally in Albany to support of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling Program that she has strongly advocated for.

March 13, 2013
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Press Conference: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, IDC, and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

**Photo/Video Opportunity**

When: Today, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 1:00 PM

Where: Albany, The Capitol, Room 124

March 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Kennedy to Sponsor Community Conversation on Future of Sheehan Hospital

Kennedy invites neighbors and community members to attend event Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. to hear about plans for what’s next for the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital site. 

McGuire Development and potential future tenants will be on hand to announce investments and take input from residents. 

Kennedy: The former Sheehan Hospital has a long, storied history in Buffalo. I encourage the community to come hear about its next chapters.

March 8, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Stavisky Celebrates March As Women’s History Month

 

Senator Stavisky Celebrates March As Women’s History Month

March 1, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE AUDIT OF STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM, ANNOUNCE SENATE ROUNDTABLE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF “COMPLACENT” OMIG

Call to Action Comes in the Wake of Congressional Report on Alleged Waste, Fraud and Mismanagement Within NY Medicaid Program, Inaction of OMIG, Resulting in Potential Loss of Billions in Federal Dollars

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

February 25, 2013
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Senator Serrano Advocates for Funding of School-Based Health Centers

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met student and parent advocates on behalf of The Children's Aid Society to discuss the important role they play within New York schools. They were among hundreds who rallied in Albany in support of preserving funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs). SBHCs are preventive health care centers that deliver onsite care to school children. 

February 12, 2013
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SQUADRON RESPONDS TO LICH VOTE: 'OUR FIGHT ISN'T OVER'

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the SUNY Board of Trustees vote to authorize Downstate's president to propose a plan to the New York State Department of Health that could close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and sell off the hospital for real estate development:

"Our fight isn't over. 

February 8, 2013
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SENATOR SQUADRON TESTIFIES ON LICH: "IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE COMMUNITY FEELS LOOTED"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill and its surrounding communities, testified at the State University of New York's public board meeting on Downstate Medical Center and LICH.

February 7, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces New Addiction Treatment Services for Western New York

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to add 25 new residential treatment beds for young adults in WNY. 

At August forum, Kennedy called attention to the dramatic lack of treatment beds in WNY, has been pushing for more resource for region.   

Kennedy: Rx drug addiction is a local public health crisis. The addition of 25 new beds is an important step toward ensuring WNY families have access to the treatment services they need.

February 6, 2013
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Sign Up to Support the Women's Equality Act Agenda

Governor Cuomo has proposed a comprehensive Women’s Equality Act, bringing together a number of key measures that have failed to move in Albany in the past, including protecting women's reproductive choice, achieving pay equity, stopping sexual harassment, and ending family status, source-of-income, and pregnancy discrimination.

This is a comprehensive and compelling agenda, but it needs your support.  Anti-choice advocates have mobilized in opposition to the reproductive health provisions of the governor’s proposal, and many other aspects of the proposal have long been obstructed by the business lobby.

Please sign up to support the Women's Equality Act agenda.Your support is vital to passing this long-overdue legislation and advancing the cause of equality in New York State.

February 6, 2013
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS, CAREGIVERS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO SUPPORT LICH AND SUNY DOWNSTATE

Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open

BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.

Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.

January 25, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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