Issues: Health

BROOKLYN ELECTEDS, CAREGIVERS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO SUPPORT LICH AND SUNY DOWNSTATE

Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open

BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.

Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.

January 25, 2013
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Sen. Krueger Offers Roe v. Wade Anniversary Resolution

Liz sponsored a resolution commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week, but it was blocked from consideration by the leaders of the Republican-dominated majority in the Senate. The Assembly passed a similar resolution without incident.

Read more from the Albany Times-Union and Gotham Gazette, or read on to see Liz's letter to the leaders of the Senate Majority as well as the full text of the resolution.

January 24, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER FIGHT WITH NEW STATE LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that a new law will take effect tomorrow, January 19, 2013, which will require patients to be informed by their health care provider when dense breast tissue has been discovered during a breast exam. Additionally, patients must be informed about the importance of discussing additional screening options with their doctor.

“Dense breast tissue increases the risk of a woman developing breast cancer, and it makes the cancer harder to find. We need to educate women on this fact so that they can take the extra measures necessary in order to detect cancer as early as possible. As we all know, early detection is the key to a positive outcome in the fight against breast cancer,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

January 18, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair Thursday , January 24, 2013 Room 124 CAP

PLEASE NOTE: HEALTH COMMITTEE MEETING WILL START IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION.

January 24, 11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
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Senator Grisanti Introduces Legislation to Expand the Availability of Flu Vaccines

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) today introduced legislation to expand influenza vaccination programs by providing insurance coverage for influenza vaccine and its administration at all authorized locations. The bills are S.1709 and the same as bill A.1090.

January 14, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Declares State Public Health Emergency in Response to Severe Flu Season; Executive Order Issued to Permit Pharmacists to Administer Flu Vaccinations to Patients Between Six Months and 18 Years of Age

Governor  Cuomo has declared a Public Health Emergency for all of New York State in response to this year’s increasingly severe flu season. The Governor issued an Executive Order which allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to patients between six months and 18 years of age. This Order suspends for the next 30 days the section of State Education Law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents only to individuals 18 years of age or older.

January 12, 2013
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Important Information on Seasonal Flu

We are in the midst of the winter months and many people are experiencing flu-like symtoms even though some may have had the flu shot. Here is some information you may find helpful if you are either experiencing symptoms or to help avoid the flu:

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

January 10, 2013
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234th-235th Legislative Session Report

The last legislative session was a very active one for the Senate Standing Committee on Health.  Please see the attached report detailing the Committee's legislative accomplishments, public hearings, roundtable discussions, reports and confirmations.  Hard copies of the report are available by request.

File: 
2011-2012 Senate Health Committee Report 1-7.pdf

January 8, 2013
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Winter Rural Futures Newsletter 2012

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2012 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

January 4, 2013
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SENATOR RITCHIE, FORT DRUM TROOPS MAKE HOLIDAY VISIT TO OSWEGO CHILD BATTLING CANCER

Julian Ross Made Honorary “Sergeant” by 10th Mountain Division Soldiers

State Senator Patty Ritchie, along with members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division, on Tuesday visited the home of Julian Ross, an Oswego County second grader who has been battling cancer for more than a year.

Utilizing her close ties with Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, Senator Ritchie arranged the visit after learning of seven year-old Julian’s fascination with all-things military.

December 18, 2012
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At Hank Carter's annual Wheelchair Charities holiday celebration

Senator Gianaris attended the Hank Carter's annual Wheelchair Charities celebration, spending some time with the attendees and wishing happy holidays to all.

December 17, 2012
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Free Flu Shots

New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assembly   Member Nelson Castro, and Councilmember  Fernando Cabrera along with Union Community  Health, Med Alliance, Montefiore Medical Center  and St. Barnabas Hospital are providing free flu  shots in order to help members of the community  keep healthy this winter.

December 19, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Martins Health Initiative With Valencia Gym, "DJ Monumental" and Sunny Seward a Success

State Senator Jack Martins cooperative effort with Elmont’s Valencia Gym resulted in an outstanding evening of health care education, diabetes awareness and fitness training a few weeks ago. Teaming up with BET’s 106th and Park television show personality "DJ Monumental" and Health Care Advocate Sunny Seward, a special health video seminar was taped in Elmont as part of the ongoing health care initiative aimed at combating diabetes and proper nutrition. Valencia Gym is located on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont and has been the scene of many community health outreach programs.

December 11, 2012
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SENATOR CARLUCCI DISCUSSES AGRICULTURE POLICY AT WESTCHESTER-ROCKLAND DIETETIC ASSOCIATION BREAKFAST FORUM

WEST NYACK, NY - Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today attended the Westchester-Rockland Dietetic Association Breakfast Forum at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack.  He was a featured guest speaker discussing legislation relating to food, dietary and agriculture policies at the state level. 

December 10, 2012
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GALLIVAN HONORS NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES

Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Amherst and Warsaw

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), joined with community leaders and advocates for the disabled in Amherst and Warsaw today to celebrate the first annual “International Day of Persons With Disabilities” in New York State and to recognize the achievements that the community have contributed to the diverse fabric of New York State and Western New York.

December 4, 2012
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DNA Info: Pols File Federal Lawsuits to Stop East 91st Street Garbage Station

DNA Info reported on the latest legal effort to block City's misguided plan to open and operate a garbage transfer facility on East 91st Street, a federal lawsuit led by Councilmember Jessica Lappin and Assemblyman Micah Kellner.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin and Assemblyman Micah Kellner are named as plaintiffs in the first federal lawsuits in the ongoing battle to stop the city from building the marine transfer facility, which is set to break ground as early as next month...

State Sen. Liz Krueger, another opponent of the project, argued that the hurricane should force the city to re-evaluate its infrastructure, especially along the waterfront.

November 26, 2012
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