Issues: Health

Senator Grisanti and Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Continue New York State Multiple Sclerosis Registry

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60), a member of the New York State Multiple Sclerosis Legislative Alliance in the New York State Senate, and supporters are advocating for continuation of The New York State Multiple Sclerosis Registry during MS Awareness Week. "This is very personal to me, my brother Richard has MS and I know firsthand the struggles that MS patients go through. We must be able to detect the causes of MS at the earliest stage.

March 15, 2013
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IDC and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

Albany, NY -- At the State Capitol on Wednesday, Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, joined Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein and members of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference to kick-off a Teen Health Awareness Campaign.  The campaign focuses on reducing adolescent obesity, educating students about the health consequences of short and long-term alcohol and substance abuse, and raising awareness among young women and health professionals about endometriosis, an often undiagnosed but debilitating disease.  March is Endometriosis month.  At the press conference, Senator Klein was joined by seventh graders from JHS 141, a middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

 

March 14, 2013
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Press Conference: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, IDC, and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

**Photo/Video Opportunity**

When: Today, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 1:00 PM

Where: Albany, The Capitol, Room 124

March 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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GALLIVAN APPLAUDS SENATE’S 2013-14 BUDGET RESOLUTION

BUDGET PLAN WOULD CHANGE THE STATE’S FILM PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR WNY

The New York State Senate today approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes proposals to implement a two-percent state spending cap and reform the State’s film production tax credit program to level the playing field for Upstate.

March 12, 2013
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New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Join Community Groups to Call for an End to the Marijuana Possession Law

Marijuana possession is the number one arrest is New York City and a top arrest in New York State, leading to racial discrepancies, while costing taxpayers $600 million over last decade

March 12, 2013
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Powell: Can't Fight Teen Pregnancy with Shame and Blame

New York Times columnist Michael Powell agrees with Liz: the City Human Resources administration's new teen pregnancy ad campaign is counterproductive, insensitive, and wrongheaded.

March 12, 2013
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Senate Republicans Will Act to Restore Millions of Dollars Cut From Women's Health Programs in Governor's Budget

Senate Republicans today announced they would restore millions of dollars for important women’s health programs - - including initiatives to help women overcome the trauma of rape, eating disorders and breast cancer- - that were targeted for reduction as part of the Governor’s Executive Budget. Approximately $8 million in cuts in these areas were rejected as part of the Senate’s one-house budget plan, which was expected to be acted on later today. Under the Executive Budget proposal, the Governor recommended shifting funding for 16 women’s health and wellness programs into six discretionary “pools,” and then subjected those “pools” to a 10 percent, across-the-board cut.

March 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Protests Cuts to Developmental Disabilities Programs, Urges Reinstatement of State Support

In recent budget hearing, Kennedy pressed OPWDD Commissioner for answers on how the state will protect the high quality of care in light of a potential six percent funding cut. 

At Kennedy’s urging, Senate Democratic Conference makes restoration of cuts a top statewide priority at negotiating table. 

Kennedy writes letter to Governor urging him to eliminate cuts and restore funding for critical services for people with disabilities.

March 8, 2013
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Senator O'Brien seeks restoration of funding for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator O'Brien stood with local agencies who provide services and support to people with developmental disabilities in calling for the restoration of $120 million in funding cuts proposed in a recent budget amendment.

"Governor Cuomo has led the way in reforming the budget process and returning stability to Albany.  However, as we continue budget negotiations, I believe it is vital that we enable our state’s nonprofits to fulfill their essential roles in our communities. I look forward to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to pass a responsible, yet fair, budget,” Senator O’Brien said.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Felder and the importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure

Senator Felder, Ms. Nina Padmore, R.N., and Ms. Julie Winslow, M.Ed from Beth Israel Medical Center. The Senator learned about the importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure and had his pressure taken.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Kennedy to Sponsor Community Conversation on Future of Sheehan Hospital

Kennedy invites neighbors and community members to attend event Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. to hear about plans for what’s next for the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital site. 

McGuire Development and potential future tenants will be on hand to announce investments and take input from residents. 

Kennedy: The former Sheehan Hospital has a long, storied history in Buffalo. I encourage the community to come hear about its next chapters.

March 8, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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In Journal News Editorial Board Interview, Senator Calls for Action On Reproductive Health Act "Sooner Rather Than Later"

In an extensive interview with the Journal News Editorial Board, Senator Stewart-Cousins discussed the importance of passing the provisions of the Reproductive Health Act in New York State this year. Tracey Brooks, the President and CEO of Family Planning Advocates, also took part in the hour-long interview.

March 4, 2013
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Luthern Medical Center's School-Based Health Consumers Bring Their Funding Request To Albany

Students, faculty, and healthcare providers of P.S. 282 discuss with Senator Montgomery their need for more state funding for school-based health centers.

March 1, 2013
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School-Based Health Consumers of Luthern Medical Center Bring their Funding Request to Albany

Students, faculty, and healthcare providers of P.S. 282 discuss with Senator Montgomery their need for more state funding for school-based health centers.

March 1, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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