Issues: Health

August 2013 Newsletter – What You Should Know Before Getting Admitted To A Hospital

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August 29, 2013
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ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, CAUCUSSAYS PROGRESS MADE, BUT WE HAVEN'T REACHED MOUNTAINTOP

The 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was organized in support of civil rights legislation, and also to call attention to significant economic inequalities. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington”, inspired by its victories (the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965), we must also acknowledge that there is still much progress to be made as a society and pervasive inequalities that must be addressed.

August 28, 2013
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New York State of Health: What You Need to Know About Healthcare Reform

Join us for a forum on what the new federal health care law means for New Yorkers. Starting January 1, 2014, New York will run a health plan marketplace, called New York State of Health. Individuals, families, and small business owners will be able to enroll in new, affordable health insurance plans through the marketplace. This system will bring a tremendous number of uninsured New Yorkers onto the insurance rolls.

Find out if you're eligible, how and when to apply, what benefits and plan options are available, details on financial aid to help pay qualified New Yorkers' insurance premiums, and details on tax credits for small businesses. Counselors will be on site to make an appointment to help you enroll.

Please join us Tuesday, October 8th, to find out more! Click here to RSVP.

October 8, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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CALLING ALL SENIORS: RITCHIE ANNOUNCES HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIRS

First Event to Take Place September 11th at Watertown Fairgrounds Arena

State Senator Patty Ritchie will offer area seniors tips for living healthy, active lifestyles at her annual Jefferson County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Watertown Fairgrounds Arena on September 11, 2013.

The free event—which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.—will feature dozens of local organizations as well as lunch and entertainment by the Country Stompers, both sponsored by Senator Ritchie.

“I am thrilled to once again be able to host this annual event, which is something that area seniors truly look forward to,” said Senator Ritchie.   

“Whether you want to check your blood pressure, find new ways to improve your diet, get a flu shot or learn about local organizations that can help improve your well-being, this event is a one stop shop for learning how to get and stay healthy.”

Last year, nearly 2,000 seniors attended Senator Ritchie’s Health and Wellness Fairs held in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties. 

August 27, 2013
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Senator Stewart-Cousins' Visit to Regency Extended Care Center

On Monday, August 26th, Senator Stewart-Cousins paid a visit to the residents of the Regency Extended Care Center who were very excited to be greeted by their Senator in person. Regency Extende Care Center is a rehabiliation center that provides the "highest quality short and long-term care for people who are elderly, convalescent, handicapped or chronically ill" located in Yonkers, NY.

August 27, 2013
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FIGHT THE BITE: MORE THAN 2,000 TIRES COLLECTED AT RITCHIE-HOSTED RECYCLING EVENTS

Central New York residents disposed of more than 2,000 tires at free recycling events, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events—which were funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—allowed Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived. 

“With one tire acting as a breeding ground for an estimated one million mosquitoes, the more than 2,000 tires we were able to dispose of represent a big step in this year’s fight against insects and the diseases they carry,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am thrilled to have been able to host these events, and the turn out really speaks volumes to the necessity of providing people with ways to protect themselves—and their loved ones—from mosquitoes, especially during the summer months.”

August 27, 2013
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Universal Primary Care to Open New Olean Office

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SOUTHERN TIER COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER NETWORK

August 26, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS IN OSWEGO COUNTY SATURDAY

Events Come in the Wake of Discovery of EEE, West Nile Virus

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding people in Oswego County that she will be hosting free tire disposal events on Saturday August 24th to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

The events—which are being funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—will allow Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived.  Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces.

August 22, 2013
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Squadron Statement on LICH Court Ruling

Brooklyn -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest's ruling to vacate the 2011 order that approved the State University of New York (SUNY) as the operator of Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

"For months, we've fought to keep LICH open for care as SUNY tried to sell it off for parts. 

August 20, 2013
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Senator Kathleen Marchione Announces “Golden Gathering” for Columbia County: Saturday, October 12, at Columbia Greene Community College, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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(518) 455-2381, marchione@nysenate.gov

August 20, 2013
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Decision to close immunization clinics shows Bloomberg administration's ill will

As reported by the Daily News:

Closing down two of only three remaining immunization clinics in the city seems especially thoughtless and cruel even for an administration that, like Mayor Bloomberg’s, is notorious for its blindness when it comes to the most vulnerable New Yorkers.

Yet that’s what the city’s Department of Health is planning to do at the end of this month.

The clinics are in Corona, Queens, and Tremont in the Bronx, and thousands of people visit them for free vaccinations every year. Their disappearance will impact mostly poor immigrants and low-income people, who will be left with only one immunization center miles away in Fort Greene.

For full artilce, click here. 

August 19, 2013
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Corona Health Clinic Slated To Shut Down

As reported by the Queens Tribune:

According to plans set in place by the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Corona Health Center on Junction Boulevard is set to close weeks before the start of school.

The services provided by the Corona and Tremont Health Center in the Bronx will no longer be available to children, particularly low-income and immigrant families, in need of a public health functions.

On Aug. 14, elected officials along with Local 436 at District Council 37 rallied in front of the Corona Health Center, demanding the City to push back the closing date.

“We are hoping to keep the pressure on the City at least through the school rush,” said Judith Arroyo, president of Local 436 at District Council 37.

For full artilce, click here.

August 19, 2013
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STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA & BOROUGH PRESIDENT RUBEN DIAZ JR. LAUNCH THIRD YEAR OF BRONX CAN HEALTH INITIATIVE CHECK-IN

(Bronx, NY) –  State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., together with Montefiore Medical Center and other community health partners, will launch the third annual Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check-In on August 17th at Crotona Park, which is located in the new part of Senator Rivera’s district.

August 16, 2013
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Immunization clinic slated for closure

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

Barring mayoral intervention, the only Department of Health and Mental Hygiene immunization clinic in the borough, located in Corona, will be shut down as of Aug. 21.

Many elected officials and community leaders protested the closure on Wednesday outside the fated clinic — the Corona Health Center at 34-33 Junction Blvd.

The clinic provides vaccinations recommended for those older than 4 years old from Hepatitis B to pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

The Tremont Clinic in the Bronx is on this month’s chopping block, leaving Ft. Greene Health Center in Brooklyn as the only DOHMH clinic to remain.

For full article, click here.

August 15, 2013
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Shutdown of Corona clinic causes uproar

As reported by the Times Ledger:

At the height of the back-to-school vaccination rush and in a month dedicated to spreading immunization awareness, the city Department of Health is shutting down the only free-immunization clinic in Queens next week.

Closures at both the Corona, Queens and Tremont, Bronx health centers are scheduled to take place at the crucial time before children need the required immunizations to attend school. The families depending on these services must make their way to the Fort Greene Health Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn starting Aug. 21.

District Council 37, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Commissioner on the Public’s Health System Anthony Feliciano, and other community leaders gathered at the Corona Clinic Wednesday to protest what they called “a threat to public health and safety.” The threat came without warning or community input, according to District Council 37.

For full article, click here.

August 15, 2013
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Senator Parker Celebrates FDA Rulemaking for Gluten Free Labeling

Senator Parker Celebrates FDA Rulemaking for Gluten Free Labeling

August 14, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Holds “Let’s Get Fit” Health and Wellness Day

(Brooklyn, NY)  In an effort to provide Brooklyn residents with the information and resources to get fit and stay healthy, Senator Kevin Parker held “Let’s Get Fit” Health And Wellness Day today at his district office at 1300 Flatbush Avenue.

August 14, 2013
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NYS Department of Health issues important bulletin for regional, statewide early intervention providers

On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, the State Department of Health (DOH) issued an important bulletin for early intervention providers throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

According to DOH, state-funded "safety net payments" will be issued to early intervention providers in response to provider concerns about the lack of payment of claims submitted to insurance companies. 

The department's action is in response to a large number of insurance companies' lack of compliance with recently enacted Early Intervention Program reforms.

August 14, 2013
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FIGHT THE BITE: RITCHIE ANNOUNCES FREE “TIRE AMNESTY DAY” IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Announcement Comes in the Wake of Discovery of EEE, West Nile Virus

 

In the wake of the discovery of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile virus in Oswego County, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced “Tire Amnesty Day,” a free event that will be held on Saturday, August 24 to help people dispose of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The event—which is being funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—will allow Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived.  Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces. 

August 14, 2013
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Letter to the Editor

Senator Ranzenhofer's Letter to the Editor appeared in the Amherst Bee on August 14, 2013.

 

August 9, 2013

August 14, 2013
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