Issues: Health

SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND ULSTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRAIG LOPEZ ANNOUNCE FULL RESTORATION OF $8.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH

(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) and Ulster County Legislator Craig Lopez (R/C/I – Shawangunk) announced today that the 2015-2016 New York State Budget will include a full restoration of $8.5 million in funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program. 

March 30, 2015
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March 25, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

Along with an update on the on-going State Budget process, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses her efforts to protect employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, the recent expansion of the rural dentistry program and a local resident who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on this week’s edition of “Your Voice.”

 

March 25, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Assembly Passage Of Women’s Reproductive Health Legislation

“I congratulate Speaker Heastie and the State Assembly for passing common sense legislation that will protect women’s rights. It is deeply disappointing that the Senate Republicans continue to stand against efforts to simply codify the Roe v. Wade decision into New York State law. Unfortunately, my Senate Republican colleagues have taken a step backwards. In 1970, when the issue of reproductive health was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. Today, apparently not one Republican Senator will stand up for full equality for women.”

March 25, 2015
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VACCINATE YOUR PETS TO STAY SAFE FROM RABIES

It's not too soon to think about vaccinating your pets against rabies.

Rabies is an incurable disease that is nearly always fatal. It's spread through contact with an infected mammal, such as a racoon, bat, fox or skunk. It's also been known to infect cattle and other livestock. That's why it's especially important to make sure your pets are properly vaccinated to help keep rabies out of your family's home.

Unfortunately, cases of wildlife rabies have been on the rise. From 2010 through 2013, there were 109 confirmed cases of wildlife rabies in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, according to the state Health Department's Wadsworth laboratories. That's nearly 7 percent of the total number of wildlife rabies cases discovered statewide!

March 25, 2015
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Senator Comrie, Community Board 12 and Christ Church International Ministries Host Care Expo for Jamaica

Community Health Fair What the Doctor Ordered 

 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: words to live by for those hundreds that flocked to Community Board 12’s first annual Health Fair yesterday, February 19th, 2015, in Jamaica, Queens. The inaugural health fair, offering screenings, services and advice from local health providers, was held at Christ Church International Ministries, and sponsored by Queens Community Board 12, State Senator Leroy G. Comrie (D-Hollis), Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Members I. Daneek Miller (D-Jamaica), Ruben Wills (D-Ozone Park) and Rory I. Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Pathmark Supermarket.

March 20, 2015
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Senator Young Announces Expansion of Rural Dentistry Pilot Program

Rural dentistry pilot program will increase access to dental care for students

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) said she is thrilled that the $250,000 she secured in last year’s state budget has expanded children’s dental services across the Southern Tier.

A ribbon cutting at Cuba-Rushford Elementary School on Friday celebrated the widening of the Rural Dentistry Pilot Program that is operated by the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

Senator Young, Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, worked with University at Buffalo Dean Michael Glick to help ensure that children in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties’ rural communities receive the dental care they need.

March 20, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Insurance
Chair: Senator James L. Seward
Public Meeting: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches
Place: Room 124 CAP, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Alison Kane (Hannon) (518) 455-2200;
Natalie Bernardi (Seward) (518) 455-3131
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Insurance
Chair: Senator James L. Seward
Public Meeting: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches
Place: Room 124 CAP, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Alison Kane (Hannon) (518) 455-2200;
Natalie Bernardi (Seward) (518) 455-3131
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET BUDGET EQUITY XXIII

PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE BUDGET 2015-2016 BY THE NEW YORK STATE BLACK, PUERTO RICAN, HISPANIC, AND ASIAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS

File: 
BPRHA Budget Equity 2015.pdf

March 20, 2015
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Senator Carlucci & Nyack Hospital Host Free Cancer Screenings

Senator David Carlucci and Nyack Hospital are hosting free cancer screenings on Friday, March 20th from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Nyack Hospital, located at 160 North Midland Avenue, in Nyack, NY.

The Breast Center at Nyack Hospital will be providing free clinical breast exams, mammograms, and if needed, pelvic exams with PAP tests for uninsured or underinsured women, ages 40 and over.

"Breast cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer for women,” said Senator Carlucci. “As a community it is critical we provide women with the tools they need for early detection and treatment. In previous years, the professional, hard working staff of Nyack Hospital has saved lives at our screenings, and I look forward to another successful event.”

March 20, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - Greenburgh

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

May 6, 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - White Plains

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

May 4, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - New Rochelle

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

May 2, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - Yonkers

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

April 23, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors - Tarrytown

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork.

The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include:

April 6, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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March 19, 2:15 PM - 2:28 PM
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Senate Makes Fashion Statement For World Down Syndrome Day

ALBANY, 03/18/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined his colleagues in the state senate in recognizing the tenth anniversary of “World Down Syndrome Day” and called on the governor to proclaim March 21, 2015 as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the State of New York.

March 18, 2015
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Lawmakers Announce Legislation Helping New Yorkers Who Suffer from Chronic Wounds

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Kassandra Mayhew | mayhew@nysenate.gov | 718-629-6401 | 718-629-6420 fax

March 18, 2015
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Kidney Disease -- Early Detection Important

Today, March 18, Senator Bonacic participated in a health screening, in Albany, hosted by the Northeast Kidney Foundation. The kidney health screening is free and serves as an early intervention program that identifies individuals at increased risk for kidney disease and those who are in early stages of the disease. It is vitally important to take advantage of free screenings like this, because, if caught early, the progression of kidney disease can be slowed dramatically. Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million nationwide, with 59% of our population at risk.

March 18, 2015
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