Issues: Health Care

BROOKLYN DELEGATION: STATE MUST ACT NOW TO SAVE SERVICES, MED EDUCATION AT DOWNSTATE

Electeds Urge Comprehensive Plan to Save Hospital and Medical School

BROOKLYN – Today, a coalition of Brooklyn elected officials sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging immediate action to save critical services and medical training at the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center (Downstate) and its affiliates.

Downstate faces a major operating deficit, and a significant restructuring is necessary for the institution’s survival. Downstate’s Long Island College Hospital has already laid off 150 employees; over 400 more Downstate employees will receive contract-mandated notice of future layoffs this month, with over a thousand layoffs expected in the next year. This will lead to a massive cut in services and the ability to train medical professionals in Brooklyn.

August 9, 2012
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Senator Dilan Announces Legislation Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo

Legislation permits optometrists to certify vision related disabilities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill authored by State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Bushwick).  The legislation, S.1340A, permits licensed optometrists to certify a vision related disability for the purposes of receiving a handicap license plate from the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

August 6, 2012
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LaValle Legislation To Help Breast Cancer Patients Recover From A Partial Mastectomy, Now Law

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle's (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) bill that would help some breast cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover reconstruction for partial mastectomies has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.The bill (S3801A. CH. 302), sponsored by Senator  LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), adds partial mastectomies to the law that already covers reconstruction for full mastectomies. It would ensure that  breast cancer patients who undergo the partial loss of a breast have reconstruction as an option covered by insurance.

August 2, 2012
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Senator Addabbo Op-Ed on 'Changes to EPIC'

EPIC Changes Coming in January

By NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach)

 

August 1, 2012
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SALAND’S PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Closes Reporting Requirements Loophole For Sex Offenses

Senator Stephen Saland (R,I,C - Poughkeepsie) announced today that his bill remedying a significant loophole in reporting requirements for medical professionals has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation, Senate Bill 7456, requires professional conduct officers or investigators of misconduct to report sex offenses committed by mental health professionals to appropriate law enforcement.

Previously, reporting requirements varied according to the license of the offender. Saland said the law will bring consistency to the reporting requirements of similar sex offenses.

August 1, 2012
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Senator LaValle Announces New Law to Help Increase Early Detection of Breast Cancer

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection was recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue may make it more difficult to detect tumors.

July 25, 2012
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Senator LaValle Announces New Law to Help Increase Early Detection of Breast Cancer

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection was recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue may make it more difficult to detect tumors.

July 25, 2012
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Anthony Jordan Health Center Expanding

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to take part in a ground breaking ceremony at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, located on 82 Holland Street. For more information on the services the Jordan Health Center provides to our community, visit their website, http://www.jordanhealth.org/.

July 20, 2012
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8/11/2012: 6th Annual Family & Friends Day

Join Senator Huntley and friends for a FREE day of learning,exercise, games, rides, food, music, entertainment and otherfun-filled activities.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Roy Wilkins ParkFoch and Merrick Boulevards12 NOON – 4:00 PM

For more information, please contact my District Office at (718) 523-3069

August 11, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Far Rockaway Healthcare Workshop

A Healthcare Workshop, featuring:The American-Italian Cancer Foundation(FREE MAMOGRAMS FOR AGES 40 & OVER)

The Samaritan Hands Health Ministry at St. Johns Baptist Church

DATE:     Thursday, July 26, 2012

TIME:     10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location:  Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center    62-00 Beach Channel Drive    Averne, New York 11692

For more information, please contact:

July 26, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Unity Hospital Opens New Cafe

Unity Hospital opened its new bistro style Café.

The new Café has doubled in size - from 4,472 square feet to over 9,000 square feet  - to match the expanding size of the new Hospital that will be complete in 2014. The Café serves approximately 1,100 meals per day, servicing nearly 2,600 Unity employees on the Hospital campus.   

 

This new bistro-style Café was created for the comfort and enjoyment of employees as visitors who need a comfortable space while waiting or in the course of visiting friends and loved ones.

 

. Park Place amenities include:

 

July 9, 2012
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Senator Rivera Congratulates Supreme Court for Historic Decision on the Affordable Care Act

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, including the individual mandate:

"Today is a great day for the residents of the Bronx that I represent and for working people throughout the United States who understand the struggle to find affordable health care in this country. I am incredibly grateful for the Supreme Court's important and historic decision and for President Obama's leadership on ensuring that every American have access to affordable health insurance. Thanks to today's decision, the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act will lead to 32 million more Americans having health insurance by 2014."

June 29, 2012
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson on Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Affordable Care Act

“Today’s decision is great news for working class New Yorkers. I applaud the Supreme Court for their decision. Our conference was proud to stand with Governor Cuomo in supporting theestablishment of a health exchange here in New York in accordance with the federal law.Unfortunately, the Senate Republicans held the health and well-being of New Yorkers hostage byrefusing to pass this exchange legislatively and instead forced the Governor to use his executive prerogative. Thankfully the Senate Republicans’ radical Tea Party agenda has been thwarted. Iwould hope now we can move forward in ensuring New Yorkers are no longer denied access tothe quality and affordable health care they deserve.”

June 28, 2012
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Affordable Care Act

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. huntleyFor Immediate Release: June 28, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Applauds Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Affordable Care Act

June 28, 2012
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Release of Records

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 25, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes Release of Records Legislation

June 25, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLSNew Consumer Protections Would Help Control Unexpected And Costly Medical Charges    The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce costly and unexpected medical charges to health insurance consumers. The bill (S7745) establishes consumer protections to prevent surprise medical bills and ensures consumers have adequate access to necessary services.

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce costly and unexpected medical charges to health insurance consumers. The bill (S7745), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) establishes consumer protections to prevent surprise medical bills and ensures consumers have adequate access to necessary services.

June 20, 2012
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Seward Salutes Grant Awards For Bassett Healthcare, Cortland Regional Medical Center

 

ALBANY, 06/15/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on grants awarded to Bassett Healthcare Network and Cortland Regional Medical Center under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL-NY): 

“Delivering healthcare services to rural, low-income areas is extremely demanding.  The professionals at Bassett Healthcare and Cortland Regional Medical Center know full well the obstacles and strive to successfully meet the challenges. 

June 15, 2012
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Senator Rivera and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Launch the Second Year of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-WF) along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Montefiore Medical Center and other community health partners launched the second year of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative on Saturday, June 2nd at St. James Park. Dozens of Bronxites participated in Saturday's health fair, taking advantage of blood pressure and diabetes screenings, a free Zumba class and the advice of health care professionals.

 

June 4, 2012
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