Issues: Health

Senator Young to Hold Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital

For Release: Immediate, January 3, 2014

Urging the Community to Attend in Force

IRVING - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th Senate District) announced today that she is organizing a rally to save Lake Shore Hospital at Silver Creek High School on Saturday, January 11 at 12:30 p.m.

The public is strongly urged to come to show their support, she said.

Senator Young said that Assemblymen Andrew Goodell and Joseph Giglio are co-hosting the event. Senator Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman David DiPietro, Congressman Tom Reed, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, and County Legislator George Borrello also will take part. The Seneca Nation of Indians, whose Cattaraugus Territory is adjacent to Lake Shore Hospital, will have a large presence. Medical personnel, emergency first responders, employees, labor and the community at large are expected to be out in force.

January 4, 2014
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Senate Sets Public Hearing On Affordable Care Act Concerns

ALBANY, 12/31/13 – New York Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman James L. Seward will hold a joint hearing on Monday, January 13th to hear testimony on the impact federal health care reform is having on insured individuals, families, and small businesses.

Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) said, “We waited to call this hearing until the deadlines for enrolling had passed so we would not be interfering with the work at hand.  However, there are issues that need to be addressed and we cannot wait any longer.”

December 31, 2013
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Public Hearing: New York State of Health: A Discussion on Implementation

Senate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James L. SewardPublic Hearing: New York State of Health: A Discussion on ImplementationPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany,New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Alison Cooper (518) 455-3131Media Contact: Jeff Bishop (518) 455-3131ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 13, 10:00 AM - 2:45 PM
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Public Hearing: New York State of Health: A Discussion on Implementation

Senate Standing Committee
on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
Public Hearing: New York State of Health:
A Discussion on Implementation
Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B,
Legislative Office Building, Albany,
New York
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Kristin Sinclair (518)
455-2200:
Media Contact: Phil Hecken (518) 455-2200
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 13, 10:00 AM - 2:45 PM
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RESOLVE TO BE HEALTHY IN THE NEW YEAR

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

The New Year is a time for resolutions, and according to recent statistics roughly 45 percent of Americans usually make them.  However, of those who make resolutions, only 8 percent actually stick to them.

December 26, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN CONTINUES PUSH TO KEEP WNY CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC CENTER IN WEST SENECA OPEN

ERIE COUNTY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was joined by several of his Western New York senate colleagues today in calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to again reconsider the closing of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and relocating its patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center in North Buffalo.

“Concerns have been raised across the state about closing and consolidating specialized mental health facilities and in recent weeks we have seen the Governor address those concerns in the Southern Tier and the North Country. I am now calling on him to take a closer look at our facility in West Seneca and to again consider the negative impact its closure could have on the very unique patients it serves – children,” Gallivan said.

December 26, 2013
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Senator Valesky Presents Check to CNY Food Bank

On November 27, Senator David J. Valesky presented Lynn Hy and Liz Occhino from the Central New York Food Bank with a check for $2,486.65. Included in the donation was a portion of the proceeds from the electronics recycling event held in September in partnership with Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Time Warner Cable. Along with him are Alice Kim, northeast government relations director for Time Warner Cable, and Steve Porubek from Time Warner Cable.

December 20, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Signs Klein Bills Tackling Childhood Obesity in New York

ALBANY, NY – Today, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (Bronx/Westchester) announced that three of his signature bills aimed at combating the ills of childhood obesity have been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

December 19, 2013
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STATEMENT ON PLAN TO SAVE ST. LAWRENCE PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

For the people of the North Country, the St. Lawrence Psych Center has been a “Center of Excellence” for more than 100 years.  With today’s announcement, we are ensuring it continues to play a central role in delivering that quality and compassionate care, and serving our community.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE GOVERNOR'S PRESS RELEASE WITH DETAILS OF THE NEW SLPC PLAN

CLICK HERE TO WATCH JOHN MOORE'S TV-7 REPORT

Six months ago, the state Office of Mental Health announced that it was transforming mental health services in Northern New York.  And for six months, members of this community—including clients, family members, employees and a far greater number of ordinary, concerned citizens—rallied, petitioned, organized and appealed for a better idea.

We set just three goals: maintaining inpatient mental health services in Northern New York; providing a stronger mental health safety net in our communities, and preserving and protecting critically needed local jobs.

Today, we achieved all three. With today’s announcement, we are assured that North Country families won’t have to endure an hours-long drive through dangerous winter storms to find appropriate care for our loved ones.

December 19, 2013
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New website -- www.HealthLawHelper.org -- helps answer your health care questions!

There is a new website (www.HealthLawHelper.org) that contains useful, accessible information for consumers with questions about the Affordable Care Act, or health care in general. The website was created by, and is sponsored by, Consumer Reports, a non-partisan, non-profit organization which has a well-deserved reputation for impartiality, honesty and accuracy – and should reassure www.HealthLawHelper.org visitors that the information is reliable.

December 19, 2013
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RITCHIE SECURES $100,000 FOR FORT DRUM REGIONAL HEALTH PLANNING ORGANIZATION

Funding to Strengthen Health Care System for Ft. Drum, Surrounding Communities 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in special funding for the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) to help strengthen the local health care system in the communities around Fort Drum and support the continued growth and expansion of the post.

“FDRHPO plays a vital role here in the North Country, supporting our troops and their loved ones by ensuring they have access to quality health care,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Quality health care is a big part of the puzzle when it comes to the continued growth of Fort Drum and the surrounding communities.  I’m pleased to be able to secure this funding, which represents an investment in the post and shows the state’s commitment to protecting and strengthening Fort Drum.”

FDRHPO is an agency that strengthens the North Country health care system for Fort Drum soldiers, their families and the surrounding civilian community by connecting the Military Treatment Facility with the regional health care system and evaluating, planning and strengthening the link between Fort Drum community members and quality health care in Northern New York.

December 18, 2013
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Syracuse Post-Standard on Sen. Krueger's Maternal Depression Legislation

The Post-Standard's Marnie Eisenstadt reports this morning on Sen. Krueger's maternal depression legislation, which passed this year and awaits the governor's signature.

December 16, 2013
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Sen. Krueger Introduces Bill to Regulate and Tax Marijuana in New York State

Joined by a broad spectrum of drug law reform advocates and fellow elected officials, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced that she will be introducing the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) today. The legislation would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana under state law along lines similar to the state’s current system regulating alcohol, and would represent a new approach for New York State after decades of costly, counterproductive policies that have produced racially discriminatory outcomes.

“Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, and it’s time to have an honest conversation about what we should do next,” said Sen. Krueger. “The illegal marijuana economy is alive and well, and our unjust laws are branding nonviolent New Yorkers, especially young adults, as criminals, creating a vicious cycle that ruins lives and needlessly wastes taxpayer dollars. Worst of all, this system has resulted in a civil rights disaster: African Americans are dramatically more likely to be arrested for pot possession than whites, despite similar rates of marijuana use among both groups.”

December 11, 2013
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TASK FORCE TAKES FIGHT TO SAVE THE PSYCH CENTER TO THE CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie and members of the St. Lawrence Psych Center Task Force met with Gov. Cuomo Tuesday to discuss the Office of Mental Health’s plan to change the future of mental health care in New York State. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH CH. 7's REPORT ON THE TASK FORCE MEETING WITH GOV. CUOMO

The current plan would shrink the state’s system of 24 psychiatric hospitals to just 15, with none located north or south of the Thruway, leaving millions of New Yorkers without sufficient nearby treatment options in their communities.

“Today’s meeting—which was attended not only by members of the St. Lawrence Psych Center Task Force, but also by representatives from Senate offices across the state—shows that we are unified against the current OMH closure plan,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m thankful that so many members of the Task Force made the trip to Albany to send a loud and clear message to our state’s leaders that this plan puts our most vulnerable citizens in danger and just doesn’t work.”

December 10, 2013
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Seward & Hannon Fight For Children With Special Needs

ALBANY, 12/09/13 – New York Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman James L. Seward today introduced legislation to preserve New York State’s Early Intervention Program and make certain that children with special needs receive the care they need. 

The legislation (S.6002) requires the state to make prompt payment to early intervention providers and ensures that retroactive payments will be made to providers who have been waiting for reimbursement since a new state system went into effect on April 1.

December 9, 2013
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Uninsured Yonkers Families Enroll for Health Care Under the New Affordable Care Act/Obamacare (Source: Yonkers Tribune)

Source: Yonkers Tribune

More than 100 of Yonkers working families flooded the Riverfront Library in downtown Yonkers on Saturday to learn more about new and affordable health care options through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare.

December 7, 2013
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Newsletter and Resources: What Federal Health Care Reform Means for New Yorkers

I know how confusing healthcare and insurance issues can be, and with reforms from the federal government’s 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) rolling out, things may be even more complicated as we “kick the tires” on this new system. I recently circulated a newsletter (also linked below), to provide an overview of ACA benefits including New York’s new Health Plan Marketplace and answers to some of the main questions my office has received.

In addition, I held a community forum in October with over 200 attendees to discuss New York’s Health Plan Marketplace. You can find links to the presentations our three speakers gave at the bottom of this page.

File: 
Sen. Krueger's Health Care Newsletter

File: 
Small Business Plans Overview

File: 
Health Plan Marketplace Overview

File: 
Help Applying for Plans

December 6, 2013
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Public Hearing: Examination of the Laws Governing the Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility

Joint – Assembly Standing Committee on CodesChair: Assembly Member Joseph R. LentolAssembly Standing Committee on JudiciaryChair: Assembly Member Helene E. WeinsteinAssembly Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Assembly Member Donna LupardoAssembly Standing Committee on EducationChair: Assembly Member Catherine T. Nolanand New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative CaucusChair: Assembly Member Karim CamaraPublic Hearing: Examination of the Laws Governing the Age of Adult CriminalResponsibilityPlace: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Rebecca Mudie (518) 455-4313Media Contact: Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

December 6, 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM
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