Issues: Health Care

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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Senator Liz Krueger’s Senior Roundtable: Part V

Join us for Part V of our Five-Part Series for Boomers and Seniors, "Who Will Care for Me? Redefining Aging and How We Care for our Elders." Presenters will include: Alice Fisher, Community Outreach Director for the Office of State Senator Liz Krueger; and Frederic Riccardi, Director of Programs and Outreach for the Medicare Rights Center. A light breakfast will be served.

RSVP is required -- for further information or to RSVP, email Dore Mann, doremann@gmail.com or call (212) 490-9535.

March 22, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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2/29/2012: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Public Hearing

Topic: To solicit information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat.

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a  person has experienced a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a horrible, scary, or life threatening event that a person experiences personally. It is common for US military personnel and veterans to experience PTSD symptoms. These symptoms may include:

March 1, 2012
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Senator Grisanti receives support from New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists

The New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA), the statewide professional association representing over 1200 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)  and students, announced today their support and honor of Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) for his work in the New York State Senate.  The mission of NYSANA  is to promote and protect the scope of practice of Nurse Anesthetists through advocacy and education.   The group met with the Senator at the Fort Orange Club where they made the presentation during a morning breakfast.

February 29, 2012
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Applications for Funding Awards Being Sought to Educate Small Businesses about Health Insurance Options

Community Health Advocates (CHA) invites mission-driven business service organizations throughout New York State to apply for grants of $20,000 to $60,000 to provide outreach and assistance to small businesses in their communities about health insurance coverage, health reform and small business health insurance tax credits. CHA seeks to establish a small business assistance program (“SBAP”) to educate small businesses about the ACA, provide assistance to small businesses about health insurance and help inform the design and development of the State’s SHOP Exchange. Possible applicant organizations would include Chambers, Business Improvement Districts, local and economic development councils, and other groups that provide services and support to small business

February 21, 2012
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2/14/2012: NYS Legislative Joint Budget Hearing on Mental Hygiene

 

(Albany, New York) - On February 14, 2012 the New York State Senate held the Mental Hygiene budget hearing based on the Governor’s budget proposal. Testimony was heard from a myriad of individuals and organizations regarding the overall budget of Mental Hygiene, as well as specific provisions and actions within it.  The Office  of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) all received increases of 1% or less in their respective budgets. Yet, one of the main discussions during the hearing was about the closure of Kingsborough Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn.

February 17, 2012
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2/14/2012: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Budget Hearing

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 14, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

February 14, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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New Bipartisan Pro-Choice Bloc Announces Leadership

Today, the newly-organized Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC) announced its new leadership team of four new co-chairs: Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) and Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro), and Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers).

The BPCLC is a bloc of more than 75 members of the state legislature committed to advancing women's health and reproductive choice in New York. The caucus counts among its members representatives from both houses and both the Republican and Democratic parties. The BPCLC's priority in the 2012 legislative session is the Reproductive Health Act, A. 6112 / S. 2844.

February 9, 2012
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HELP SAVE A LIFE - GIVE THE GIFT OF BLOOD

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

February 3, 2012
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Senator Robach Introduces Bill to Protect Kodak Retiree Health Care

Legislation would provide safety net in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated

Eastman Kodak’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month has prompted much uncertainty for employees and retirees of the company. To try to mitigate these fears, Senator Robach joined with Assemblyman Reilich and Brighton Securities last week to host an informational forum which addressed potential implications Kodak’s bankruptcy may have on employees, retirees, vendors and local municipalities.  The one concern heard over again, which there was no clear answer to, was the potential fate of health benefits for retirees. 

February 3, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Greg Ball: Health Care 1/9/12

January 9, 2012 - Senator Ball welcomes guest Maureen Kenney as they discuss medicaid insurance.

January 31, 2012
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THE PATCH: BALL BACKS BILL FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FINANCIAL REFORM

 

By Tom Auchterlonie

Citing a large cost that his constituents recently got from their insurer, state Sen. Greg Ball came to Northern Westchester Hospital on Friday to outline a bill that would limit such practices.

January 28, 2012
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DAILY POUND RIDGE: BALL UNVEILS NEW HEALTHCARE BILL

 

 

by Alex Birsh

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — After the Friday rain subsided near the entrance of the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, Greg Ball stepped up to the podium on the sidewalk and spoke of the bill he has been promoting to make health insurance companies become more transparent to their patients.

January 28, 2012
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STOP HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM ABUSING NEW YORKERS

 

Let's stop allowing insurance companies to use and abuse the citizens of New York! 

January 26, 2012
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Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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$1.5 MILLION IN NEW STATE FUNDING WILL ENHANCE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Senator Saland credited with facilitating the new funding from Albany

Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene will work with the New York State Office of Mental Health and various community partners to improve and expand mental health services in Dutchess County, utilizing an additional $1.5 million in continuous funding from New York State secured through the advocacy of New York State Senator Steve Saland.

January 17, 2012
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Statement from NYS Senator Eric Adams on Lenox Hill Hospital's Treatment of New Parents in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

"It is regrettable that what should have been a joyous and memorable occasion for new parents and their families was turned into affont at Lenox Hill Hospital on January 6.  In an effort to secure the privacy of a celebrity couple - who themselves had just witnessed the birth of their daughter unperturbed, Neil Coulon was allegedly denied access to visit his wife and newborn daughters in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

January 10, 2012
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