Issues: Health

SENATOR RITCHIE HAILS SIGNING OF AUTISM BILL

New York Now 29th State To Provide Coverage To Families

State Senator Patty Ritchie hailed the signing of a new law she supported that will insure that families dealing with autism can obtain the kind of treatment they need.

“Early diagnosis and treatment can make a critical difference for the one out of 110 children and their families affected by autism spectrum disorder,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “With more than 30,000 children under the age of 19 in New York State identified with autism, this legislation will insure that families can obtain the care they need when they need it.”

November 1, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LAW TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR TREATMENT OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

New Law Requires Coverage of Autism Disorder by Health Insurance ProvidersGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a law that will require health insurance providers to offer coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. The legislation will help families afford the expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders. Under the new law, health insurance companies will be required to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders, though coverage may be subject to deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance consistent with those imposed on other benefits.

November 1, 2011
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Calendar Quirk Won't Cost Taxpayers

ONEONTA, 11/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded an administrative decision to reschedule the due date for an “extra” mandated Medicaid payment from counties in 2012.  The slight postponement will save homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars statewide.

“Local elected leaders are already dealing with enough bureaucratic red tape and increased costs without adding an unintentional calendar quirk to the equation,” said Senator Seward.  “By reversing the mandate that would have forced counties to write an additional check in 2012, taxpayers will avoid a costly expense.”

November 1, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Signs Law to Expand Health Care Coverage for Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law that will require health insurance providers to offer coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

The legislation will help families afford the expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders. Under the new law, health insurance companies will be required to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders, though coverage may be subject to deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance consistent with those imposed on other benefits.

November 1, 2011
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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Dear Constituents:The brisk winds of fall are blowing steadily, and as we near Thanksgiving, I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday is one where food takes center stage, and while indulging every now and then is no issue, it is important to monitor your food intake. As November has been designated as National Diabetes Awareness Month, I wish to take this time to educate everyone about the risk factors and warning signs of this disease.

November 1, 2011
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SENIORS KICK IT UP AT SEN. RITCHIE'S HEALTH EXPOS

Nearly 2,000 seniors turned out for my health and wellness expos in Fulton and Watertown.

Attendees were treated to a wealth of information about staying fit and healthy, and a great time.

I can't wait 'til next year!

October 27, 2011
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Senator Krueger Talks Health Exchanges

The Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus wants to make sure women still have quick access to family planning and other services once the Affordable Healthcare Act is fully in place. As caucus founder Senator Liz Krueger explains, their concerns is connected to the state-level health insurance exchanges.

October 26, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Pro-Choice Caucus Push Obama Admin On Care Inclusion

Fifty-four Assembly members and senators have signed on to a letter circulated by the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus urging the Obama administration to interpret the health care reform law such that state-level health care exchanges include all family planning essential community providers in their networks.

The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Donald Berwick, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, notes wait times increased most significantly – up to 70 days in the Boston area – for women’s health care providers when Massachusetts implemented its version of health care reform. The lawmakers don’t want to see that replicated here in New York.

October 26, 2011
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ADDABBO BRINGS FREE MAMMOGRAPHY VAN BACK TO WOODHAVEN

Urges Women: Make an Appointment During Breast Cancer Awareness Month   

 

 

October 25, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND’S EYE DROP BILL BECOMES LAW

Ensures continuity of treatment for patients using prescription eye drops

State Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) recently announced that his legislation that ensures continuity of treatment for patients using prescription eye drops (S.1430) has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

October 24, 2011
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Higgins, Kennedy Take Action to Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

Congressman, Senator join the family of Michael David Israel, other local advocates to encourage Western New Yorkers to fight the epidemic

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and N.Y. State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (58th District) announced actions they are taking to address the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. This announcement comes just days after U.S. Attorney William Hochul and N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hosted a summit calling for action to fight the prescription painkiller problem and as the nation kicks off Red Ribbon week (October 23-31) an annual anti-drug awareness campaign.

October 24, 2011
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Senator Martins to Sponsor Flu Shot Program November 4 at the Port Washington Library

Senator Jack M. Martins will be sponsoring a flu shot program on Friday, November 4 at the Port Washington Library. Flu shots will be given out, in conjunction with CVS Pharmacy, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hagedorn Room. The library is located at 245 Main Street in Port Washington.

According to the New York State Department of Health, getting immunized will protect you from catching the flu, a serious illness that can make you very sick. It will also help protect your loved ones. The best time to receive the flu shot is between early fall and December. The flu shots will be available for those 18 and over.

October 21, 2011
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Bronx CAN Final Weigh In

October is the final month of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative and we will be hosting a final health fair on October 29th - Please join us for free massages, a healthy food demonstration, and fun fitness activities for the whole family. This event is sponsored by the Montefiore Medical Center.

October 29, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: National Food Day

State Senator Gustavo Rivera launches the Bronx CAN Family Health Challenge. Senator Rivera has been partnering with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.and other community partners as part of the Bronx CAN (Change Attitudes Now) Health Initiative. The Bronx CAN Family Health Challenge was designed by the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center and Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR-SEIU). The guidebooks will be distributed to schools throughout the district through Montefiore Medical Center's school-based health clinics and provided to any one wishing to join the challenge

October 24, 11:00 AM - 12:04 PM
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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Few things in life are more frightening, confusing or devastating than a diagnosis of cancer. The word alone is enough to send shivers down the spine of most people, especially when it strikes close to home, either in yourself or a loved one. Yet the outlook for people with cancer is often better than ever before.

The Senate is committed to providing important information about breast cancer, along with pertinent web sites and phone numbers where you can gather additional reference material as well.

October 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports National Psoriasis Foundation

Senator Jack M. Martins met with representatives from the National Psoriasis Foundation to discuss World Psoriasis Day, which takes place on October 29. There are 7.5 million Americans affected by psoriasis. The National Psoriasis Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about psoriasis and assisting those who are living with the disease.

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.

October 19, 2011
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Seward Pledges Real Property Tax Relief Through Major Medicaid Reform

ONEONTA, 10/17/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5889-B) that will reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system through a phased-in state takeover - gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments and funded by property taxes.

“After working for years to convert the masses in Albany, a property tax cap is finally in place,” said Senator Seward.  “The cap is a major milestone but it needs to be linked to substantial mandate relief for local governments – a step we can take by exorcising the biggest mandate demon – Medicaid.”

October 17, 2011
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