Issues: Health

Senate OKs massage therapist continuing education bill

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little to permit licensed massage therapists from other states and countries to provide hands-on clinical instruction at continuing education programs in New York.

Mandatory continuing education for licensed massage therapists became effective in 2012.  There are presently more than 17,000 state licensed therapists who are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years.

June 13, 2014
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Senate Passes Senator Grisanti’s CPR in Schools Bill

The New York State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, Buffalo) that would enable high school students to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated defibrillators (AEDs).

“Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills are among the most critical lifesaving skills that make our communities safer, year after year,” Senator Grisanti said. “It takes only a few minutes to teach CPR. Sixteen states are now ensuring students learn CPR prior to graduation and it’s time to add New York to the list.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Ensuring Medical Care for the State's Most Vulnerable Children

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would ensure that the state’s most vulnerable children receive necessary medical care in the absence of parental consent.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes CPR in Schools Bill

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, North Buffalo), that would enable high school students to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated defibrillators (AEDs).

“Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills are among the most critical lifesaving skills that make our communities safer, year after year,” Senator Grisanti said.  “It takes only a few minutes to teach CPR. Sixteen states are now ensuring students learn CPR prior to graduation and it’s time to add New York to the list.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to End Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

The New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related medical conditions.

June 12, 2014
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Senator Farley Reminds Bicyclists of the Rules of the Road

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) recently enjoyed a bicycling tour with his family and would like to take this opportunity to remind constituents of the importance of bike safety.

"I've seen many people enjoying the local trails such as Fulton County's FJ&G Bike-Hike Trail, Schenectady County's Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail and the Town of Ballston's Veterans' Memorial Bike Path," Senator Farley said. "Whether you want to explore trails in one of our region's parks or ride in your own neighborhood, safety is something to always consider."

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Access to Dentists in Underserved Communities

For Release: Immediate, June 11, 2014

Measure would make dentists eligible for "Doctors Across New York"

ALBANY - Oral diseases left untreated can lead to a number of health problems, some of which can even be life threatening, yet a severe shortage of dentists in underserved areas has left many New Yorkers without access to care, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), sponsor of “Dentists Across New York” which passed the State Senate today.

The legislation, S.2190-B, would alleviate the problem by expanding the successful “Doctors Across New York” program and enabling dentists to be recruited and receive incentives to work in communities lacking dentists.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Legislation to Direct $10m in Supportive Housing Funds Upstate

ALBANY—The State Senate passed legislation (S.7305) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that specifically directs funding to Upstate New York from the supportive housing development program.

Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals and support for residents’ health-related services.

June 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY THAT FIGHT HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE

ALBANY, N.Y.--A package of bills co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that target heroin and opioid abuse prevention and treatment and that expand resources for law enforcement passed the New York State Senate today. The bipartisan Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, of which Senator Valesky is a member, formed in response to the statewide heroin epidemic and recommended action on these specific bills.

June 10, 2014
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State Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release:   Immediate, June 9, 2014 

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Young Will Enhance Treatment and Prevention

            ALBANY - After the successful joint heroin and opioid addiction forum hosted by Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I - Olean) and the Seneca Nation of Indians, the State Senate passed 23 bills to battle the alarming rise in the use of heroin and opioids that has claimed lives and devastated families across New York State.

            “We received great local input at our forum and much of this information is reflected in the bills we passed. Families who have been torn apart by heroin and opioid addiction spoke about changes that are needed to get this epidemic under control. Prevention, treatment, and enforcement all need to be tackled. Our legislation will make a real difference for those struggling with addiction,” said Senator Young.

June 9, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Passes Critical Legislation To Tackle Heroin Epidemic

As Vice Chair of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) authored the successful passage of two pieces of legislation that focus on prevention and treatment options for those who have fallen prey to the recent heroin epidemic.

At hearings across the State friends and family members of victims shared similar experiences of loved ones being denied outpatient treatment for their addiction.  

June 9, 2014
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Seward Bill Key Part Of Senate Heroin Package

ALBANY, 06/09/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a package of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.7662) that would improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services was part of the package.

June 9, 2014
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Valesky-Sponsored Legislation Combating Methamphetamine Production Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate today. The growing use and manufacture of the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

June 9, 2014
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RITCHIE: MEASURE TO HELP FIND VACCINE FOR EEE GETS FINAL PASSAGE

Legislation Will Create 21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation (S.2115) to help find a vaccine to prevent the deadly EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) disease has passed the State Senate.

The bipartisan measure will create the 21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction within the state Department of Health.  The group, comprised of experts in diseases, infection and public health, will be tasked with pushing for the development of effective vaccines against diseases, including EEE, West Nile Virus and Lyme. Included in the new State Budget is $100,000, secured by Senator Ritchie to fund the new workgroup.

June 9, 2014
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Relay for Life at Gates Chili High School

On Friday night, I joined students from Gates Chili High School and the Gates Chili community at their annual Relay for Life Event. This was a great event that brought so many people together to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. Many thanks to the students and facility that helped plan and coordinate this day.

June 9, 2014
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NORTH COUNTRY LEADERS PEER INTO THE FUTURE AT PSYCH CENTER

Ritchie’s Land Transfer Plan Focus of Multiagency Tour

June 5, 2014
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Senator Cathy Young and the Seneca Nation of Indians Join Together to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release: Immediate, June 4, 2014

Forum in Irving Tackles Addiction Treatment and Prevention

            IRVING - Make no mistake - the heroin and opioid epidemic has hit Western New York. Families across the state and nation have been devastated by the deadly effects of addiction, and communities in Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County, the Seneca territories, and the entire surrounding region have not been exempt from the negative impact.

June 4, 2014
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Sen. Krueger, Advocates Applaud Passage of “Boss Bill” in Senate Labor Committee, Call for Floor Vote Before End of Session

Sen. Krueger applauded the Senate Labor Committee’s passage today of her legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578B). Sen. Krueger called on the Senate majority’s co-leaders to follow up on this positive step by allowing a floor vote on the bill before the close of the 2014 session.

June 3, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on HealthSenator Kemp Hannon, Chair12 Noon, Tuesday, June 3, 2014ROOM 332 CAP

This meeting will be called off the floorNOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION OF COMMITTEE MEETING.

June 3, 10:00 AM - 10:11 AM
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Heroin Task Force Releases Report, Legislation

ALBANY, 05/28/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to release a report summarizing the findings of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target treatment, prevention, and law enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at forums held across the state.

May 28, 2014
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