Issues: Health Care

Opening Of The Justice Center For The Protection Of People With Special Needs

New State Agency Will Implement the Toughest Standards and Practices in the Nation to Protect Over 1 Million New Yorkers with Special Needs and DisabilitiesGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, a new state agency that will implement the toughest standards and practices in the nation to protect the special needs community from abuse and neglect. The Justice Center was created through legislation the Governor spearheaded last year to reform how the state cares for people with special needs. The agency will begin operations tomorrow, Sunday, June 30th.

July 1, 2013
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Senator O'Brien commends local appointees to state boards

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Four constituents of Senator Ted O'Brien have been appointed to vital new state advisory boards, where they will help to guide state agencies overseeing the care of special needs groups.

"Our region is a leader in providing quality care for individuals with special needs and in having specialized knowledge about a variety of medical areas," Senator O'Brien said. "It is an honor for these individuals, and our region, to have them bring their expertise to New York State government. I congratulate the four appointees and I know that they will serve this state well."

Justice Center Advisory Council Appointees

June 20, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill to Protect OPWDD From Funding Cuts

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts. The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.

June 18, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO TEST NEWBORNS FOR CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS THROUGH PULSE OXIMETRY SCREENING

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would require all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects (CHDs) through a process called pulse oximetry screening. The bill (S.270B), sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), will save lives through earlier detection of possible heart defects.

“Pulse oximetry screenings are painless, and take one minute to perform,” said Senator Larkin. “By performing this simple test, doctors can take the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure that newborns get the care they need, should they have heart defects. Simply, this measure will save lives.”

June 12, 2013
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American Heart Association's Heart Heroes Visit the Capitol

The American Heart Association, along with the March of Dimes, Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther joined families lobbying for passage of the Pulse Oximetry bill (Senate bill S.270-B) at the Capitol.  The legislation would require that a pulse oximetry test be performed on all newborns to screen for potentially fatal congenital heart defects.  The Heart Heroes who attended the press conference are children who did not have pulse oximetry tests and were later diagnosed with serious congenital heart defects.

June 10, 2013
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Video: "There Are No Excuses" for Failure to Vote on Gov. Cuomo's Women's Equality Act

Sen. Krueger joined colleagues from both houses to demand a vote on Gov. Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act at a large rally held at the state capitol by the Women's Equality Coalition.

June 10, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS EXPERTS, COLLEAGUES TO EXAMINE STATE OF NEW YORK’S RURAL HOSPITALS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined colleagues, health professionals and rural health experts from across New York State for a Rural Hospitals Roundtable, taking place at the Capitol on Monday. 

The group, which included members of the bipartisan Rural Resources Commission and Members of the Senate Health Committee, explored ways to strengthen rural hospitals and preserve access to quality healthcare in underserved communities.

June 3, 2013
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May 21, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses the Dentists Across New York program; her Woman of Distinction, Francie Potter; the Annual Maple Festival in Franklinville; and the Genesee River Wilds Transit Bridge Launch Site in Belfast.

May 22, 2013
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RITCHIE PRESENTS PETITION INCLUDING 2,100 SIGNATURES, PERSONAL STORIES TO ALBANY OFFICIALS AT PSYCH CENTER LISTENING SESSION

Joins More than 300 to Speak in Support of Psych Center

State Senator Patty Ritchie delivered a petition including 2,100 signatures and personal stories in support of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to Albany officials at Wednesday’s “listening session” held at the Center.

The signatures and stories were collected via www.savethecenter.net, a website Senator Ritchie created to allow people to sign her petition as well as share news and updates on the center.

May 15, 2013
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MORE THAN 2,000 SIGN RITCHIE PETITION TO SAVE ST. LAWRENCE PSYCH CENTER

Ritchie to Deliver Signatures, Statements of Support

to State Officials at Wednesday Listening Session

***Click Here to Sign the Petition***

State Senator Patty Ritchie will deliver more than 2,000 signatures and statements in support of St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to Albany officials at Wednesday’s listening session to be held at the facility.

The signatures and stories were collected via www.savethecenter.org, a website Senator Ritchie created to allow people to sign her petition as well as share news and updates on the center.

May 14, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Access to Dentists in Underserved Communities

Measure would make dentists eligible for “Doctors Across New York”

ALBANY - Untreated oral diseases can lead to a number of health problems, some of them even life threatening, yet a severe shortage of dentists in underserved areas has left many New Yorkers without access to care, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,Ind-Olean), sponsor of “Dentists Across New York” which passed the state Senate yesterday.

The legislation (S.2190) would alleviate the issue by expanding the “Doctors Across New York” program and enabling dentists to be recruited and receive incentives to work in communities with dentist shortfalls.

May 8, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH LOCAL LEADERS ON ST. LAWRENCE PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with community leaders and union representatives about their plans to advocate on behalf of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center at the New York State Office of Mental Health Listening Tour on May 15th  at the facility’s Unity Center.

The group is urging supporters of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to register to attend the public meeting that will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m on May 15th.  Those wishing to sign up to speak may do so here.

May 3, 2013
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SQUADRON RESPONDS TO SUNY'S WITHDRAWAL OF LICH CLOSURE PLAN

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and its surrounding communities, released the following statement upon the State University of New York's decision to withdraw its closure plan for LICH. Instead of pursuing the closure plan, SUNY will work on securing a sustainability plan without an active closure plan on the table -- creating the possibility of collaborative process:

It's good news that SUNY is withdrawing its closure plan for LICH. Now there's a real opportunity for a collaborative process that engages the community and local leaders on LICH's future.

We've been making our voices heard loud and clear: LICH is vital to Brooklyn. And it's clear we're being heard.

April 26, 2013
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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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