Issues: Health

NYS Health Department Awards $500,000 in Doctors Across New York Funds to Support Physicians Practicing in Underserved Communities

Five health care providers in New York State have been awarded grants totaling up to $500,000 over two years to support physicians who practice medicine in underserved communities through the "Doctors Across New York" Program. The announcement was made by NYS Health Commissioner Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.

"The Doctors Across New York Program is a critical program to help ensure that New Yorkers in every community in the State have access to high quality health care services," Commissioner Shah said. "These grants will help these institutions increase access to vital health care services in rural and urban areas."

January 3, 2012
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OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL UNVEILS YEAR-END REVIEW

Review Cites Progress For New York On Taxpayer Protection, Public Safety, Economic Justice, Public Integrity, Civil Rights & Environmental Protection

The Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued an end-of-the-year review detailing many of its accomplishments in areas including public safety, economic justice, taxpayer protection, public integrity, civil rights and environmental protection.

December 29, 2011
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CBS News: Sen. Espaillat and Elected officials help to provide housing to Octavio Estevez

NYC Father in need of life-saving kidney transplant gets new home

By Alex Silverman

Friday, December 24, 2011

 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Just days ago, he was pleading for his life on the steps of City Hall. Now on Christmas eve, Octavio Estevez and his family have a place to live and a chance at a future together.

Estevez is in need of a kidney transplant and had to leave his job because of his health. Because he couldn’t afford his rent, he and family have been living in a shelter.

Without a permanent home, hospitals have said they can’t perform the kidney transplant surgery Estevez needs to stay alive.

But now, that’s all changed.

December 27, 2011
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Manhattan Times: Sen. Espaillat and elected officials help Octavio Estevez recieve housing one day before Christmas, hopefully saving a life

A Christmas Miracle

By Sandra García 

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Christmas came a day early for Octavio Estevez.

Estevez, 54, in the terminal stages of renal disease, is in dire need of a kidney.

For the last week, and long before, Estevez’s life has taken a series of dramatic, and sometimes harrowing, turns.

But this past Sat., Dec. 24th, on “Nochebuena,” or Christmas Eve, Estevez, who’d been living with his family in a Bronx shelter for months, received keys to a new apartment in Washington Heights – keys which may very well save his life.

December 27, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Participates in Schumer-Gianaris Press Confernence

The Senators requested the TSA investigate what actually occurred during incidents of alleged inappropriate strip-searching of elderly women as well as the implementation of a "passenger advocate" program at all airports

December 27, 2011
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Senator Gianaris tours City Harvest's new facility in Long Island City

Senator Gianaris speaks with David Levy, VP of Distribution, in the facility's giant fridge.

December 20, 2011
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Rural Futures Fall 2011 Newsletter

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 2011 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!

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Rural Futures Fall 2011 Newsletter

December 16, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Telehealth/Telemedicine Roundtable

New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Chair: Senator Catharine M. Young Vice Chair: Assemblywoman Aileen M. GuntherNew York Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair:Senator Kemp HannonRoundtable Description: This Roundtable will bring together industry leaders, providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the existing telehealth system and explore further enhancements and/or applications to ensure unserved and underserved rural New Yorkers have access to the care they need. Place:Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building Time:10 a.m.

January 9, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Telehealth/Telemedicine Roundtable

New York Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair:Senator Kemp HannonNew York State Legislative Commission on Rural ResourcesChair: Senator Catharine M. YoungVice Chair: Assemblywoman Aileen M. GuntherRoundtable Description: This Roundtable will bring together industry leaders, providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the existing telehealth system and explore further enhancements and/or applications to ensure unserved and underserved rural New Yorkers have access to the care they need. Place:Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building Time:10 a.m.

January 9, 10:00 AM - 12:12 PM
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Bronx CAN Health Initiative Healthy Holiday Party & Toy Giveaway

Join Senator Gustavo Rivera and our Bronx CAN Health Initiative partners to celebrate the holidays with a healthy holiday party & toy giveaway on December 18 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at the Mary Mitchell family and youth center (2007 Mapes Avenue).

Please bring your kids!

 

 

December 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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NY Lawmakers Want Passenger Advocate At Airports

CBS 2 did a story on the Sunday press conference Senator Gianaris and Senator Schumer held at JFK Airport.

Watch the video here.

December 15, 2011
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Senator Maziarz touts anti-mandatory mail order pharmacy bill signing

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that (S.3510-B/A.5502-B) would prohibit health insurance providers from requiring that their customers obtain prescription drugs from mail order pharmacies only.

December 13, 2011
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TSA Passenger Advocates Sought By New York Lawmakers

Associated Press wrote about Senator Gianaris' and Senator Schumer's are call for an investigation of the alleged strip-searching incidents by TSA agents at JFK Airport. They are also calling for a designated Passenger Advocate at all airports.Huffington Post picked up on the story:

Two New York lawmakers have called for a passenger advocate at airports to immediately act on complaints by passengers over security screenings.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens want the Transportation Security Administration to create the position at all airports.

December 12, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaking at Schumer-Gianaris press conference at JFK Airport.

Senator Gianaris joined Senator Schumer to request the TSA conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation into what actually occurred during the three alleged strip-searching incidents.

December 11, 2011
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Uptown food truck vendors and customers welcome grades

Daily News reports

Bring on the Health Department letter grades, uptown food truck vendors and customers told the Daily News.

The reaction comes as State Sen. Jose Peralta proposed legislation last week which would require food trucks and carts to display letter grades similar to the ones posted in restaurants.

Read full article here

December 8, 2011
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State Senator Wants Food Carts To Display Health Dept. Letter Grades

NY 1 reports

Queens Senator Jose Peralta is introducing a bill so that food carts get letter grades from the city Department of Health, akin to those received by restaurants.

View full video here

December 8, 2011
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Community Comes Together to Help Family of Teens with Cerebral Palsy

Event held to celebrate renovation work being done to serve the needs of Depew family. DEPEW, N.Y. – Twin sisters Amber and Ashley Geary know what it’s like to overcome great adversity. Since birth, both girls have lived with cerebral palsy – a debilitating disease that has forced them to endure struggles, but has failed to deter their spirits.

December 7, 2011
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