Issues: Health

Gallivan Takes Part in Roundtable Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis in New York State

Senate Passes Series of Bills To Curb Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I- 59th District) was among a handful of Senators to take part in a Senate Roundtable on New York State’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, hosted in Albany today by Senators Kemp Hannon and Jeffrey Klein, Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, respectively.

The Roundtable included doctors, pharmacists, medical professionals, addiction specialists, law enforcement officials, drug abuse prevention organizations, and parents of victims whose deaths were attributed to prescription drug abuse, including, Avi and Julie Israel of North Buffalo.

February 15, 2012
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Community Service Society: How to Fix NY's Hospital Indigent Care Program

The Community Service Society just published an alarming report detailing hospitals’ widespread failure to comply with a charity care law that went into effect in 2007. The law addressed the need for financial assistance to reduce the hospital bills of  low-income New Yorkers who are uninsured or underinsured. According to The New York Times:

“The entire system is corrupted, and it isn’t working for patients,” said Elisabeth R. Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at the Community Service Society of New York, a nonprofit antipoverty group, which is releasing the two-year study on Monday.

 

February 14, 2012
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UCCA Holds Annual Breakfast

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the United Community Civic Association's annual breakfast, where executives and elected officials gathered to discuss various regional issues.

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its third annual Legislative/Executive Breakfast on February 3. Civic and community leaders, community board representatives, major commercial, industrial and hospital chief executive officers and administrators were invited to speak on various topics from the city budget, hydrofracking, garbage pick up, education and quality of life issues.

 

February 14, 2012
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Flying Tips for Older Passengers

An editorial by the New York Times discusses some of the difficulties senior citizens may encounter when travelling by air and how some of these issues can be avoided. Senator Gianaris recommends that when flying, be sure to tell TSA officials about any medical conditions in advance of going through security.

FLYING, as most travelers know all too well, can be arduous. But while some of us may grumble about cramped airline seats and security pat-downs, simply navigating an airport can be downright disorienting for elderly travelers.

 

February 14, 2012
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Senate Targets Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

ALBANY, 02/13/12 – With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers.

Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 14, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Health and Medicaid Issues on Your Voice in Albany

Following the Legislative Public Health and Medicaid Hearing, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined the television program, Your Voice in Albany, to discusses Medicaid reform and ways to reduce cost without reducing quality of care.  The Senator also addressed solutions for making home healthcare more cost effective. 

February 14, 2012
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I-Team: Lawmaker Wants Answers in Botched C-Section

NBC 4 covered a story on the need for greater regulations and oversight in New York hospitals in light of a mismanaged incident regarding a C-section procedure that was performed on a woman who was not pregnant. Senator Gianaris was interviewed for the story.

Watch the interview here.

February 14, 2012
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2/14/2012: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Budget Hearing

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 14, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

February 14, 2012
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Commentary: It’s About Women’s Health Care, Not Religion

By Ellen Jaffee, Liz Krueger, Teresa Sayward and Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Albany Times Union

The Obama administration made the right decision when it announced it would protect access to affordable birth control for women, no matter where they work.

Both in its initial decision and in efforts late last week to accommodate religious concerns, the White House has held to a key principle: reproductive health care is legitimate health care, and all Americans have a right to accessible, affordable health care.

February 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Bills to Curb Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers. Senate approval of the bills, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I - Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers, held today by Senator Hannon and Senator Jeff Klein, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 13, 2012
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From the Desk of NYS Senator Eric Adams

Senator Adams, along with the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus have reached out to the Governor in opposition to the proposed budget language for bill A.9056/S.6256 (Part O) which would allow the Office of Mental Health to close the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Additionally, this bill recommends the elimination of the in-patient services of SUNY Downstate Hospital, an institution that has served the Flatbush community since 1967, relocating it to Long Island Hospital. Kingsboro Psychiatric Center is the only state-operated in-patient psychiatric center in Brooklyn.  Closing it will deny mental health care services to hundreds of seriously and persistently mentally ill and their families.  The pr

February 10, 2012
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First Aid Supply Drive

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is partnering with the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in sponsoring a first aid supply drive to help individuals in need. All first aid items collected through the drive will be used by the INN to serve families in need throughout our communities.

        Residents are invited to donate any of the following new, unused items:

        * alcohol swabs

        * gauze pads

        * cotton balls

        * band-aids (adult & child)

February 1, 12:00 AM - February 29, 12:00 AM
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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New Bipartisan Pro-Choice Bloc Announces Leadership

Today, the newly-organized Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC) announced its new leadership team of four new co-chairs: Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) and Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro), and Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers).

The BPCLC is a bloc of more than 75 members of the state legislature committed to advancing women's health and reproductive choice in New York. The caucus counts among its members representatives from both houses and both the Republican and Democratic parties. The BPCLC's priority in the 2012 legislative session is the Reproductive Health Act, A. 6112 / S. 2844.

February 9, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: New York’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis

 

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Chair: Senator Jeffrey D. Klein
Roundtable: New York’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis
Place: Room 124, State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Contact: Roslyn Martorano (518) 455-2200
Media Contact: Phil Hecken (516) 739-1700

ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 13, 10:00 AM - 12:21 PM
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February 7, 2:00 PM - 2:49 PM
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Resolution J.3181 Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 7, 2012, as Black HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York in Senate Session

Feb 07, 2012 -- Senator Bill Perkins comments on Resolution J.3181 Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 7, 2012, as Black HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York in Senate Session

February 7, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Community Health Fair Slated for April 10th

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be hosting his annual health fair on Tuesday, April 10th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the lower level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.

"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said. "I’m currently in the planning stages for this year’s event and am looking for local non-profit and health organizations to participate."

The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate. Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s office to obtain brochures and weblinks on health topics.

February 7, 2012
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HELP SAVE A LIFE - GIVE THE GIFT OF BLOOD

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

February 3, 2012
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