Issues: Women's Health

Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014
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7th Annual Women's Wellness Fair

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Mall at Greece Ridge for my 7th annual Women's Wellness Fair. It was a great turnout, with a lot of helpful information and knowledgeable vendors.

To see more photos from this great event, click here.

September 15, 2014
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7th Annual Ovarian Cancer 5k

I was pleased to join Cancer Wellness Connections for its 7th annual Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer 5k at MCC over the weekend. For more information on Cancer Wellness Connections, visit their website at www.cancerwellnessconnections.org.

September 9, 2014
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Governor Signs Hannon Bill to Promote Access and Coverage for Women's Health Care Services

Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) announces his legislation to educate the public on women’s health initiatives was signed into law (Chapter 342) by the Governor.  The new law requires the NYS Department of Health to establish an up-to-date website devoted solely to women’s health, including information on the 22 preventive services now covered with no cost to patients under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

September 4, 2014
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Seward Secures Grant Funds To Aid Domestic Violence Victims

ONEONTA, 09/03/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that $75,000 in grant funds he secured will go to local domestic violence programs.

“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need, who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Senator Seward.  “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women.  We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer.”

The funding was set aside in the 2014-2015 state budget.

September 3, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO TO SPONSOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM IN NEW HYDE PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) are sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Tuesday, September 16th from 8:45 am to 12 pm at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park.

     Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results. 

     NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows: 

August 26, 2014
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Breast Cancer Screening Program-New Hyde Park

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) are sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Tuesday, September 16th from 8:45 am to 12 pm at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park.

     Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.

     NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows:

     • The program is open to Nassau County women. 

September 16, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Breakfast

It was great joining the American Cancer Society at their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Breakfast this morning. This is a great event that helps raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.

August 20, 2014
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Senator O’Brien, women’s rights advocates announce bill to minimize harmful impact of Hobby Lobby decision

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien, joined by leading women’s rights advocates from the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, announced his co-sponsorship of legislation that would require employers to notify their employees before changing their insurance plans to restrict access to contraception. The bill comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision allowing corporations to exclude certain forms of contraception from their health care coverage.

August 18, 2014
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Senator Robach Announces 7th Annual Women's Wellness Fair

 

Senator Joe Robach pleased to announce that his 7th annual Women’s Wellness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Mall at Greece Ridge Center. Please use Entrance #9, located between Marshalls and the Food Court entrance, when arriving.

The Women’s Wellness Fair will once again feature free blood pressure checks, chiropractic information, financial information, childcare information, fitness demonstrations and much more!

The first 100 attendees will receive a free gift bag. These gift bags include free products like hand sanitizer and reusable grocery bags, as well as coupons, refrigerator magnets and other healthcare related items.

Participating Vendors:

Erna's Hope

August 11, 2014
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Moms Rally at City Hall in Support of Breastfeeding, Celebrate 20th Anniversary of NYS Civil Rights Law Allowing Women to Breastfeed Anywhere They Have the Legal Right to Be

Today on the steps of City Hall, breastfeeding mothers and families, lactation professionals and advocates from all over New York City participated in the NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council Annual Breastfeeding Subway Caravan, joined by Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios-Paoli and multiple elected leaders, inlcuding Sen. Krueger. After the rally, the caravan traveled on the “A” train to Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza for the Brooklyn Alliance for Breastfeeding Empowerment’s (B.A.B.E.) day-long breastfeeding celebration.

August 8, 2014
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Senator Parker Announces Support For New Mothers And Their Families

(Brooklyn, NY) - Senator Kevin Parker today announced new support by New York for post-partum services to new mothers and their families. The legislation signed into law today was introduced by Senator Liz Krueger, cosponsored by Senator Parker and five other Senators, and passed both houses of the Legislature with bi-partisan support.

August 7, 2014
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Statement on Gov. Cuomo's Approval and Signature of Maternal Depression Legislation

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement upon Gov. Cuomo's signature of legislation she and Assembly Health Chair Richard Gottfried passed to increase screening, diagnosis, treatment, and awareness of maternal depression disorders (S.7234B):

“Many new parents and families aren’t aware of just how common maternal depression is, and too often cases go untreated with new mothers and families needlessly suffering,” said Senator Liz Krueger. “This bill will spur greater awareness, early detection, and treatment of maternal depression. Governor Cuomo has my deepest thanks for signing this important legislation today.”

August 4, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Announces Funding Grant for New Women’s Wellness Program at Riverdale Senior Services

RIVERDALE, NY -  State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 grant he secured for Riverdale Senior Services that will go towards a newly created Women’s Wellness program open to women across the Bronx.

 

July 14, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Announce $250,000 in Funding to Expand Education Campaign on Endometriosis

BRONX, NY – State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Top Chef Host and Co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Padma Lakshmi announced $250,000 in funding secured by Senator Klein to support an education campaign aimed at raising awareness around endometriosis, a painful, and often undiagnosed disorder

June 30, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Sen. Krueger Passes Landmark Maternal Depression Legislation

Sen. Krueger speaks on S. 7234B, her legislation to increase education, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of maternal depression disorders. This bill passed both houses and now awaits the governor's signature. For more information, read this press release!

June 19, 2014
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Gottfried-Krueger Maternal Depression Legislation Passes Both Houses, Will Help New Mothers and Families

Sen. Krueger and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried today announced the unanimous passage of legislation in both the Senate and Assembly that would provide education and promote screening and treatment-referrals for postpartum depression and other maternal depression disorders (S. 7234B / A. 9610B). Despite the widespread nature and severity of maternal depression, our healthcare system has had no system-wide screening and referral procedure.

June 19, 2014
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“Boss Bill” Passes in Assembly with Bipartisan Support; Krueger and Jaffee Call for Senate Vote Before End of Session

Sen. Krueger applauded the Assembly's passage today of legislation she sponsors with Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (A. 8769A / S. 6578B). The bill passed 80-22, with eight Republican members supporting the bill, including Jane Corwin (R-Clarence) who spoke in favor of the bill during floor debate. Sen. Krueger and Assemblymember Jaffee called on the Senate majority’s co-leaders to allow a Senate floor vote on the bill before the close of the 2014 session.

June 19, 2014
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