Issues: Health

Deadly Ties: IDC Proposes Hospital Ban on Infection Causing Neck Wear; Other Bacteria Carrying Clothing

The Independent Democratic Conference today urged a prohibition on doctors and other healthcare professionals wearing neck ties, jewelry and other items that studies indicate are carriers for potentially deadly hospital-borne infections.

 

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Deadly Ties

May 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Helen's Walk

On Sunday morning, May 1, under beautiful skies, hundreds participated in Helen's Walk, a stroll through Sands Point Preserve to benefit the Helen Keller National Center, which offers invaluable services to the blind and deaf.

Senator Jack M. Martins, whose Senate District encompasses Port Washington and Sands Point, participated in the walk. The Senator walked with two of his four daughters, Kaitlin and Vanessa, as well as Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink. "It was my honor to walk for the Helen Keller National Center. The center does incredible things and I was proud to support it. It was beautiful weather and a great turnout," he said.

For more information on the Helen Keller National Center, visit www.hknc.org.

May 2, 2011
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5/2/2011: Healthy Workplace Bill

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 3, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley wants to StopWorkplace Bullying

(D-Jamaica) On May 2, 2011 Senator Huntley spoke out against workplace bullying/ harassment at a press conference in Albany, New York.  Several guests and relatives talked about their loved ones who suffered through abuse and harassment at work, and in a few unfortunate cases, took their own lives.  

May 1, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Room 123 CAP

May 3, 12:00 PM - 12:04 PM
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Senator Farley Urges Mammograms for Mother's Day

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) has joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in its annual Mother’s Day campaign to urge women to get mammograms.

"Mother’s Day is a significant time to remind women to get mammograms," said Senator Farley. "I hope that this Mother’s Day women will take the time to make an appointment for a mammogram. Some 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal."

For more information and to locate an accredited mammography facility nearby, call the Adelphi New York State Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at (800) 877-8077. Callers can also get emotional support from the hotline’s specially trained volunteers, most of whom are women who have had breast cancer.

April 28, 2011
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May 20, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Oppenheimer and Latimer Team Up to Require Insurance Companies to Cover Cost of Bone Marrow Testing

Legislation will eliminate financial burden on potential donors

Each year, more than 10,000 people require bone marrow transplants to treat life-threatening diseases such as lymphomas, leukemias, anemias, immune deficiency disorders, multiple myeloma and tumors.  Approximately 70% of them cannot find a suitable match within their own families and must look elsewhere.  To encourage new bone marrow donors, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye) have introduced legislation (S.4350/A.6459) that would require health insurers to cover the cost of testing potential donors.

April 26, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO ORGAN DONATIONS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the State Senate recently passed legislation to help increase the number of organ and tissue donors in New York State. The legislation would help increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision. 

April 21, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Lee Zeldin's Roundtable Discussion on MRSA

WHO: Senator Lee Zeldin, High School Athletic Directors, Wrestling Coaches and members of Section XI

WHAT: Roundtable discussion on how to help schools combat MRSA

April 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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April 20, 2011
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Public Hearing: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance Exchange

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp Hannonand Senate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James L. SewardPublic Meeting: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance ExchangePlace: Room 124, Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M.Contact: Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2200 or Alison Cooper (518) 455-3131Media Contact: Laura Brookmeyer (516) 739-1700 or Jeff Bishop (607) 432-5524ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Public Hearing: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance Exchange

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp Hannonand Senate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James L. SewardPublic Meeting: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance ExchangePlace: Room 124, Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M.Contact: Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2200 or Alison Cooper (518) 455-3131Media Contact: Lauren Brookmeyer (516) 739-1700 or Jeff Bishop (607) 432-5524ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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KLEIN FIGHTS TO GET REFUND FOR PELHAM PARKWAY RESIDENT

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced this week that he helped Pelham Parkway resident Anna Scully get a refund check for over $400 from United Healthcare for an advanced premium payment she made before she was accepted into the EPIC Fee program.

April 15, 2011
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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Sponsors Free Skin Cancer Screenings

In celebration of National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will be holding free skin cancer screening on Thursday, May 12 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Hauppauge, 800 Veterans Memorial Highway, 2nd Floor Hauppauge, NY 11788.

This event is by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, call 631-863-5100.

Please click here for additional information.

May 12, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senate Passes Lauren's Law to Increase Organ Donation

In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields and passed life-saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.

"The bottom line is that organ donation saves lives. We all have seen it in our own communities. The ability to give life to another is extremely powerful. We need to bring attention to this issue. It is that important," said Senator Jack M. Martins.

April 14, 2011
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WIFFLEBALL, "RED ROVER" NOT DANGEROUS

Asks Health Commissioner To Reconsider New Regulations

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the New York State Department of Health to ease new regulations that could close down local summer youth programs by classifying traditional children’s activities and games like “capture the flag,” horseshoes, cooking, wiffleball and even “red rover” as posing “significant risk of injury.”

State health department officials want to reclassify many summer youth recreational activities as “children’s day camps” that would give agency officials broad regulatory authority over them.

April 14, 2011
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Senator Gianaris and Community Rally to Protest Placement of Asphalt Plant in Long Island City

The Western Queens Gazette wrote about a rally to protest the placement of a dirty asphalt plant in Long Island City.The rally was hosted by Senator Gianaris along with Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley.

Elected officials and community leaders are asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to rescind a permit it issued to an asphalt plant in Long Island City until a proper Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is issued.

April 13, 2011
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Lauren Shields' Birthday a True Celebration

On Thursday, April 13th, in honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields. Senator Robach was proud to support life saving legislation passed by the Senate today. Bill S.3885 would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver's license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision. Also, Senator Robach took part in a special birthday celebration for Lauren along with his Senate colleagues.

April 13, 2011
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