Issues: Health

THE PATCH: BALL BACKS BILL FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FINANCIAL REFORM

 

By Tom Auchterlonie

Citing a large cost that his constituents recently got from their insurer, state Sen. Greg Ball came to Northern Westchester Hospital on Friday to outline a bill that would limit such practices.

January 28, 2012
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DAILY POUND RIDGE: BALL UNVEILS NEW HEALTHCARE BILL

 

 

by Alex Birsh

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — After the Friday rain subsided near the entrance of the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, Greg Ball stepped up to the podium on the sidewalk and spoke of the bill he has been promoting to make health insurance companies become more transparent to their patients.

January 28, 2012
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GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL PARTNERS WITH SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON FOR LIFESAVING BLOOD DRIVE

West Islip, NY – Walter Baraclough donates blood at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center several times a year.  More than 10 years ago, his wife was told she could no longer be a blood donor due to a medical issue.  This motivated Baraclough even more to be a regular donor.  Someone in this country needs a lifesaving transfusion every three seconds.  New York Blood Center requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 regional hospitals.  Each donation of blood can h

February 27, 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair  Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Room 124 CAP

*Please note change in time and location*

 This meeting will take place immediately following session in room 124 CAP.

January 31, 12:55 PM - 1:03 PM
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STOP HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM ABUSING NEW YORKERS

 

Let's stop allowing insurance companies to use and abuse the citizens of New York! 

January 26, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Meets with Reality Check CO2 in Albany

Members of Reality Check CO2 (Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego counties) met with State Senator John A. DeFrancisco on January 24, 2012, during Legislative Day at the Capital.  Reality Check is a New York youth-led anti-tobacco group.   

January 26, 2012
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Sen. Krueger Calls for Federal Action on Food Safety and Animal Welfare as U.S. Supreme Court Overturns “Downer” Livestock Law in California

New York – Today, Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) called for new federal legislation in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision yesterday overturning California’s downer livestock law.

January 25, 2012
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Sen. Krueger Statement in Support of “Trust Women Week”

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) released the following public statement in support of the Silver Ribbon Campaign’s Trust Women Week, a week-long collaborative effort and ‘online mobilization’ for women’s reproductive health and reproductive rights:

“Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which acknowledged common sense – women have a right to govern themselves, their health, and their bodies.

January 24, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES BLOOMBERG SUPPORT FOR NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP FUNDING

Senator Squadron Has Long Championed Funding for NFP, But Critical Program Faces $5 Million Shortfall

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's support for $5 million in state funding for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in testimony at today's Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Budget. 

January 24, 2012
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P.S. 234 Elementary School Gym Repaired

The Queens Gazette article announces that the P.S. 234 School Gym, which has been closed since September due to flood damage, was finally repaired as a result of the efforts made by parents and elected officials.

Following a joint effort by Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. and state Senator Michael Gianaris, the gymnasium at the Astoria Elementary School, P.S. 234, which suffered substantial flood damage, has been repaired and is now in use.

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January 20, 2012
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Dems: Senate GOP Bowdlerized Women's Health Resolution

By Casey Seiler

Albany Times Union 

Krueger noted that most of the Senate Republicans have already endorsed Mitt Romney for president, and suggested that the effort to squelch Stavisky’s resolution was a miniature version of assaults on reproduction rights on the federal level. “This is the beginning of their little national Planned Parenthood moment, so to speak,” she said.

January 19, 2012
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GOP Silencing Abortion Talk

By Glenn Blain

New York Daily News

Democrats said a resolution submitted late last week by Queens Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky seeking to proclaim next week “Reproductive Rights and Justice Week” was scrubbed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' office to take out any mention of abortion, family planning and reproductive rights.

Instead, the GOP offered a re-written resolution that proclaimed it "Women's Health Week."

"They took my resolution, censored it, and gave us a sanitized version," Stavisky said at a press conference with fellow Democratic Senators Liz Krueger of Manhattan and Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers.

January 19, 2012
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Gianaris Announces Legislation Expanding Good Samaritan Laws

An article written by the Queens Gazette looks into the new legislation proposed by Senator Gianaris, which would expand on current New York Good Samaritan laws in order to protect local businesses and non-profits from being held liable for damages or injuries that could occur while helping a victim.

Continuing his fight to ensure safety in the neighborhood, state Senator Michael Gianaris announced he has introduced new legislation expanding New York’s Good Samaritan laws.

 The legislation would protect local businesses and non-profits offering themselves as safe havens from being held liable for damages or injuries that may have occurred while helping a victim.

January 18, 2012
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Parents from P.S. 234 angry over unusable school gym

The Queens Courier wrote an article about the delay in reopening P.S. 234’s school gym, which has many parents concerned. Senator Gianaris believes the handling of the situation is unacceptable.

Parents from P.S. 234 are exercising their voices in disapproval of the delay in reopening the school’s flood-ravaged gymnasium.The elementary school, located at 30-15 29th Street in Astoria, has been without a gym since September due to damage caused by severe rain storms. The flooding produced “bumps” in the gym floor and has prevented the facility from being used thus far this semester, prompting many parents to wonder whether their children are receiving the proper physical education.

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January 18, 2012
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Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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Senator Adams with Planned Parenthood constituents during a visit to the Capitol in support of the Reproductive Health Act.

Senator Adams with Planned Parenthood constituents during a visit to the Capitol in support of the Reproductive Health Act.

January 17, 2012
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$1.5 MILLION IN NEW STATE FUNDING WILL ENHANCE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Senator Saland credited with facilitating the new funding from Albany

Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene will work with the New York State Office of Mental Health and various community partners to improve and expand mental health services in Dutchess County, utilizing an additional $1.5 million in continuous funding from New York State secured through the advocacy of New York State Senator Steve Saland.

January 17, 2012
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Elected Officials Seek Construction Funding For P.S. 2, P.S. 11

The Queens Gazette wrote an article drawing attention to a School Construction Authority (SCA) budget ammendment proposal, which reduces construction funding for schools in desperate need of assistance. Senator Michael Gianaris, along with parents and other elected officials, urges the SCA to include these schools back in the capital plan in order to ensure that the needs of the children are satisfied. 

While supporting needs throughout District 30, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and state Senator Michael Gianaris spoke in support of two especially beleaguered schools: P.S. 2, Jackson Heights and P.S. 11, Long Island City.

January 13, 2012
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Damaged gym at PS 234 Astoria means students watch movies, do jumping jacks in classrooms

The New York Daily News article investigates a school gym repair delay that has deprived students at Public School 234 of physical exercise. Senator Gianaris speaks out against the delay, stating that physical exercise is an educational requirement. 

While a Queens elementary school waits for the city to fix its gym, the phys ed program consists of jumping jacks in the classroom and movies in the auditorium.

A city Education Department official said work on the the gym at Public School 234 in Astoria is expected to begin over the winter break and should be completed within the next three months. The facility was damaged by April storms.

January 13, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Mental Hygiene"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Mental Hygiene

February 14, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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