Issues: Health

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.

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Sen. Krueger's Health Care Newsletter

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Small Business Plans Overview

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Health Plan Marketplace Overview

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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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Senator Valesky Visits Welch Allyn

Senator Valesky visited Welch Allyn on December 4, one of the region's largest employers and a worldwide leader in the manufacture of medical equipment.

December 5, 2013
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November 22, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Hosts Senior Golden Gathering

Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) hosted a Senior Golden Gathering event last week to bring free healthcare screenings and informational services to our community’s seniors and their families.

Despite the snowy weather, over thirty vendors representing everything from consumer protection to health and nutrition turned out to answer questions and provide demonstrations of their useful services. CVS of Shirley (pictured above with Senator Zeldin) was on hand to provide free flu shots to defend against the impending season.

November 20, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN PUSHING LEGISLATION TO KEEP WNY CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC CENTER IN WEST SENECA OPEN

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) sponsored legislation today to freeze New York State’s plan to close psychiatric health centers across the state, including the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in the Town of West Seneca.

Gallivan is the third senator to sponsor the “Freeze Unsafe Closures Now Act” (S.5986), which places a moratorium on closing the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and all targeted facilities until April 1, 2015, providing lawmakers, the executive and mental health experts time to devise a plan that is more responsive to the needs and challenges of Western New York’s mentally ill.

November 20, 2013
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Senator Serrano Sponsors Free Flu Shots for the Community

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano, in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), offered free flu shots to the community at his District Office.

“Going into these winter months it is important that we all protect ourselves from the flu virus and remain in good health,” said Senator Serrano. “Many thanks to the great RNs at the VNSNY for providing and administering the shots to constituents from across my district,” concluded Serrano.

If you have not already received your flu shot, please visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's flu prevention website at nyc.gov/flu to identify a provider near you.

 

November 20, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL WOULD BLOCK PSYCH CENTER CLOSING

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced new legislation to stop the state’s plans to close the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center’s inpatient care facilities, and give state mental health officials and community members additional time to seek alternatives.. 

The “Freeze Unsafe Closures Now Act,” S.5986, is jointly sponsored by Senator Ritchie and Senator Thomas Libous, the Deputy Senate Leader, whose district also is hard hit by the state’s plan that slashes inpatient mental health care.

“The state’s plan puts our most vulnerable citizens and children in danger, without a clear alternative that ensures sufficient, continued mental health care services close to home and in our communities,” Senator Ritchie said.

November 19, 2013
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December 19, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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Public Forum Announced

An opportunity for the public to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s proposed reduction in operating hours of the Emergency Department at the Cornwall Campus

Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis announced today that they will host a public forum on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cornwall Central Middle School auditorium located at 122 Main Street in Cornwall.  The purpose of this forum is to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s request to the New York State Department of Health to reduce the operating hours of the emergency department at the Cornwall campus.  

November 6, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: NEW LAW PROHIBITING SMOKING ON HOSPITAL & RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITY GROUNDS NOW IN EFFECT

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that a new law he supported to prohibit smoking on the grounds of general hospitals and residential health care facilities is now in effect.

November 1, 2013
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Understanding the Affordable Care Act Community Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, in partnership with the Community Baptist Church Men's Club, hosted a community forum to discuss and share information about the new Affordable Care Act on Monday, October 28th at the Community Baptist Church in Yonkers, NY. 

November 1, 2013
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NEARLY 1,000 PETS PROTECTED THROUGH RITCHIE RABIES CLINICS

6 No-Cost Events Held in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties 

Nearly 1,000 pets have been protected against rabies through State Senator Patty Ritchie’s no-cost vaccination clinics held recently in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

The clinics—which were made possible through funding Senator Ritchie secured in the state budget in response to an alarming increase in the number of wildlife rabies cases reported in the North Country—were hosted in conjunction with St. Lawrence County Public Health and Jefferson County Public Health.

“Rabies is a deadly disease, and I’m thrilled that through my clinics, we were able to vaccinate nearly 1,000 dogs and cats that may not have otherwise been protected,” said Senator Ritchie.

October 31, 2013
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November 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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