Issues: Health

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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Taking the Road to Eliminate Health Disparities Conference: A Multicultural Approach to Providing Cancer Care

6th Annual Taking the Road to Eliminate Health Disparities Conference - A Multicultural Approach to Providing Cancer Care 

November 4, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Senator Martins Health and Fitness Day at Valencia Gym Draws Hundreds

Senator Jack Martins “Athletic Health and Fitness Day” was a huge success this past Saturday where hundreds of members of the Elmont, Franklin Square, South Floral Park and Floral Park communities came out to learn about health and wellness issues at Elmont’s Valencia Gym. The program was developed by Martins and Elmont’s Valencia Gym, located on Hempstead Turnpike, to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for people of all ages.

“The turnout was sensational and a lot of fun was had by all,” said Senator Martins adding, “the specialized classes were filled and many people took the time to talk the outstanding staff of fitness experts at Valencia Gym about health issues. I‘m really glad I was able to partner with Valencia on this annual event.”

October 17, 2011
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STATE WILL LOOK TO STEP UP EEE EFFORTS

At Ag/Health Roundtable, Officials Pledge to Develop Comprehensive Plan to Protect New Yorkers

October 13, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO PROTECT CANCER PATIENTS

Law Requires Insurance Companies to Provide Equal Coverage for Oral Chemotherapy

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation which would give cancer patients greater access to oral chemotherapy. The law, which Senator Fuschillo supported in the Senate, requires insurance companies to provide the same coverage level for oral chemotherapy as intravenous chemotherapy.

October 13, 2011
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CAPACITY CROWD FOR SENATOR RITCHIE’S HEALTH EXPO FILLS WAR MEMORIAL

Seniors Flock To Fulton To Learn About Services In Oswego County

Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Expo at the Fulton War Memorial Wednesday drew a capacity crowd.

The event offered seniors and their families free flu shots, cancer screening and an introduction to a variety of services, including health care, senior nutrition, fitness, even square dancing.

Over 50 exhibitors attended the one-stop event to learn about programs available to help them stay healthy,

October 12, 2011
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EEE ROUNDTABLE MOVES TO OSWEGO SCHOOL OFFICE

11 A.M. Forum Bringing Top Experts On Deadly Disease

The location of State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senate Roundtable on Eastern Equine Encephalitis on Thursday has been moved to the Oswego City School District Office at 120 East First Street.

The 11 a.m. forum, sponsored by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and the Senate Health Committee, was originally scheduled for the Oswego County Legislative Chambers. It was moved to provide more seating.

Top state and local experts on the deadly mosquito borne disease will discuss how New York State can better coordinate and improve efforts to monitor and control potentially deadly outbreaks of the disease in Central and Northern New York.

October 12, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: To discuss the incidence of EEE, its impact on human and animal health and possible policy changes to minimize infection and spread of the virus in New York State.

SUBJECT:    State and Local Response to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and its Impact on Public and Animal Health in Central and Northern New York

PURPOSE:    To discuss the incidence of EEE, its impact on human and animal health and possible policy changes to minimize infection and spread of the virus in New York State

WHEN:          Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Legislature Chambers of the Oswego County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY     

October 13, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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