Issues: Health

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #4: Be A Hero. Donate Blood.

With the new year upon us, here’s an easy resolution to make and keep: Be a hero and donate blood.

My suggestion requires no special powers or gadgets, but you still may get to save a damsel (or even a Don) in distress.

In one hour – the time it takes the watch an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode  – you can donate enough to be a superstar in the lives of up to three people.

Who are these recipients?

They’re fighting cancer. Most of the 1.6 million people diagnosed last year will need regular blood transfusions during their chemotherapy.

January 23, 2014
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Information on Organ Donation

If you have questions about organ donation in New York State, please visit the link below.

http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/patients/donation/organ/

 

January 23, 2014
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Senator Zeldin's Statement on Today’s Budget Proposal

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) just released the following statement following the Governor’s Budget Proposal:

January 21, 2014
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WABC 7 On Your Side: Health Exchange Problems with Empire Blue Cross

WABC 7's Nina Pineda reports on the continuing problems Empire Blue Cross / Blue Shield enrollees have been experiencing with actually receiving their proof of insurance and getting covered. Our office has been trying to assist constituents with the same problems and has gotten the State Attorney General's office involved.

January 21, 2014
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Save a Life by Becoming an Organ Donor

Please consider saving a life by becoming an organ donor. For more information, please visit the organ and tissue donation information page.

January 21, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN, ASSEMBLYMAN KEARNS AND WNY DELEGATION STAND UP WITH PARENTS AND ADVOCATES TO SAVE WNY CPC IN WEST SENECA

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, Assemblyman Raymond Walter, Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo and West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan joined with advocates and parents to decry the New York State Office of Mental Health’s proposal to close the Western New York Chrildren’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and relocate its patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center in North Buffalo.

January 17, 2014
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Petition to Save Lake Shore Hospital!

I support access to quality healthcare in the communities served by Lake Shore Hospital.

I join Senator Young in raising my voice and saying:

“Save our Healthcare! Save our Jobs! Save Lake Shore Hospital!”

January 16, 2014
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Capital New York: A.G. Probes Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Over Health Exchange Complaints

Laura Nahmias reports in Capital New York:

New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman is investigating insurer Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield after complaints from customers who paid for the company’s plans on the state's health exchange, but never received proof they enrolled.

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State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat, said she alerted the attorney general’s office to a potential systemic problem with Empire’s plans after fielding complaints from her constituents and attempting to resolve them through direct talks with the company. “We realized that this had to be much bigger than the individual complaints we were getting,” Krueger said. “Nobody was answering the phones at Blue Cross/Blue Shield,” she said.

January 16, 2014
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CareFirst receives proceeds from last fall's Electronics Recycling Event

Elmira, N.Y., January 16—CareFirst (formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care) announced today that an Electronics Recycling Day held in Horseheads last October by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, has delivered more than $500 to help support the organization’s programs and services.

"A donation of this magnitude will make a significant impact on the quality of life for the local patients we are so honored to serve," says Mary Mosteller-Arnold, Development Coordinator for CareFirst. 

January 16, 2014
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Squadron Announces Legislation to Standardize Cancer Fund Checkoff Programs, Ensure Prostate Cancer Funds Go to Intended Use

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced legislation that would standardize the income tax return checkoff donation programs, bringing the prostate cancer fund in line with others and ensuring that the donations -- which are currently sitting unspent, waiting to be disbursed by a questionable organization that has lost its tax-exempt status -- go to their intended use. The Squadron legislation follows a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that highlighted a number of gaps in the tax checkoff programs, including the major issues with the prostate cancer fund.

January 16, 2014
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Senate Hearing Points Out Healthcare Exchange Trouble-spots

ALBANY, 01/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on a senate hearing regarding the implementation of the health insurance exchange (NY State of Health) as part of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“While New York has been doing a good job when compared with the federal exchange, a number of issues have been brought to my attention.  Individuals, sole proprietors, and small business owners have seen their policies cancelled, costs to obtain new policies have skyrocketed for some, and application counselors have been unable to provide assistance in several cases.

January 13, 2014
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Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital

Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us on Saturday in rallying to save our hospital! I sincerely thank you all. With the incredible showing at the rally and your continued support, we have hope we can save Lake Shore Hospital! Keep the pressure on!

January 13, 2014
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Local Leaders React to Cuomo's Tax Plans and Marijuana Stance

by Jim Kenyon

In order to get into the convention center to hear the State of the State, people had to file past a loud group of protesters calling for a ban on fracking for natural gas, and others opposed to the New York SAFE Act which became the centerpiece to last year's speech.

On Wednesday, the Governor talked about creating jobs by relieving the tax burden on employers He wants to reduce the corporate income tax, abolish it all together for upstate manufacturers and put a freeze on property taxes.

Senator Dave Valesky supports the efforts. " We feel very confident that we'll be successful in providing meaningful tax relief to the taxpayers of our state." he told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon.

January 13, 2014
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Public Hearing: Out-of-Network Coverage: Ensuring a Balanced Approach

Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
Public Meeting: Out-of-Network Coverage: Ensuring a Balanced Approach
Place: Room 124, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Contact: Alison Kane (518) 455-2200
Media Contact: Phil Hecken (518) 455-2200
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 27, 10:00 AM - 11:42 AM
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Room 124 CAP

January 14, 12:00 PM - 12:03 PM
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CAUCUS CHAIR, THE REVEREND AND ASSEMBLYMAN KARIM CAMARA RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2014 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

It was a great pleasure and honor to deliver the Invocation at the State of the State. In his address Governor Cuomo outlined the positive trajectory of the state due to his leadership and the leadership of the legislative leaders. Over the past few years we have demonstrated that New York State government can work in a bipartisan fashion for the betterment of the State. 

January 8, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Time Warner Cable, and Celebrity Contestants from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Announce Measures to Combat Obesity

ALBANY, NY – In marking the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session, Senate Co- Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, along with representatives from Time Warner Cable, celebrities from NBC’s The Biggest Loser,  and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz today doubled down on their efforts to reverse the rising obesity trends among children and young adults in New York.

January 8, 2014
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