Issues: Health Care

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

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

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

Legislative Gazette: Reform Jewish Voice Celebrates 10 Years, Meets with Krueger on RHA, Campaign Finance and Minimum Wage

The Legislative Gazette's Alli Sofer covered the 10-year anniversary of Reform Jewish Voice, which marked the occasion during a lobby day for progressive causes at the capitol:

Sen. Liz Kruger, D-Manhattan, spoke to the group about her own Jewish identity in the Legislature.


May 21, 2012


Creation of State Health Care Exchange Also Creates More Uncertainty 


May 21, 2012

Senator Valesky, IDC Release Report to Expand ‘Doctors Across New York’ program

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference, flanked by hospital executives from around New York State, released a comprehensive report today calling on the Department of Health to implement immediate reforms to the Doctors Across New York program New York currently uses to lure new doctors to underserved areas, particularly in Upstate and rural New York.

May 15, 2012

Senate Passes Legislation to Require Inmates to Make Medical Copayments

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.476), sponsored by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette), that would protect the taxpayers of New York State by requiring state and county correctional facility inmates to make copayments for health care visits the same policy that is in place in the federal prison system and two-thirds of the states.

May 14, 2012


Bill Would Protect New York Taxpayers

The New York State Senate has passed a bill (S.476) that would protect the taxpayers of New York State by requiring state and county correctional facility inmates to make copayments for health care visits the same policy that is in place in the federal prison system and two-thirds of the states.

May 14, 2012

The State Senate Declares May as Lupus Awareness Month

(Albany, NY)- Yesterday the New York State Senate unanimously passed a Resolution proclaiming May 2011 as Lupus Awareness Month in the State of New York. The Senate Resolution was sponsored by Senator Joseph A. Griffo and co-sponsored by Senator Jose M. Serrano. The Resolution also passed the New York State Assembly where it was sponsored by Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson.Lupus is a chronic disease that affects the immune system, causing it to become hyperactive and attack normal tissue. Of those affected with the illness, roughly 90 percent are women. Lupus is most prevalent among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asians.

May 11, 2012

New York State Senate Passes Bill To Protect Kodak Retiree Health Care


Legislation sponsored by Senator Robach would provide safety net

 in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated


Rochester, NY - Eastman Kodak’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year has prompted much uncertainty for employees and retirees of the company. If Kodak eliminates health benefits for retirees, those who have not yet reached the age of 65 (when they qualify for Medicare) will be left uninsured. 


May 8, 2012
May 10, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Senator Gallivan Encourages Western New Yorkers to Participate in the National Prescription Drug Drop-Off

The National Prescription Drug Drop-Off will be hosting “drive-in, drop-off” programs at sites throughout Western New York this month. Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is strongly encouraging area residents who have any excess, unused, or expired prescription medications, or over-the-counter drugs, to take advantage of this opportunity to safely and securely dispose of them.

April 20, 2012

Public Health Experts, Human Rights Advocates Join Senator Montgomery in Calling for Law Barring Use of Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution

Albany, NY: Public health experts, human rights activists and advocates for sex workers and the LGBT community, joined with NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in calling for the passage of the Senator’s legislation (S.323/A.1008) that would barr the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution.

April 19, 2012

Senator Martins Meets With Nursing Students from Molloy College

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed nursing students from Molloy College to Albany as he met with them to discuss issues important to nursing. "I commend these student for choosing such a noble career as nursing. I wish them much success and look forward to meeting with them again to discuss healthcare issues that are important to all of us," said Senator Martins

April 18, 2012

Medicaid Relief

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 9, 2012   Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531


Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Strong Medicaid Relief in 2012-2013 State Budget

April 9, 2012
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