Issues: Health

Swine Flu Update (Updated May 22nd, 2009)

As the H1N1 flu outbreak has developed, it has caused concern among many New Yorkers. The New York State Senate has put together this information sheet to help understand the current situation and the response on all levels.  Please see the attached document for further details.

File: 
H1N1_memo_5.22.09.pdf

May 20, 2009
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Swine Flu Update (Updated May 22nd, 2009)

As the H1N1 flu outbreak has developed, it has caused concern among many New Yorkers. The New York State Senate has put together this information sheet to help understand the current situation and the response on all levels. Please see the attached document for further details.

File: 
H1N1_memo_5.22.09.pdf

May 20, 2009
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New Pfizer Inc. Program Gives Families Access to Free Medication

Helps to maintain prescription coverage despite loss of job

(Albany, NY)—Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is spreading the word of yet another prescription assistance program, this time by the graces of private industry.

Pfizer Inc., recently announced that it will help families who have lost health insurance maintain access to any Pfizer drugs prescribed to them at no cost. The new program, Medicines Assistance for Those who Are in Need (MAINTAIN), gives access to Pfizer medicines for free to eligible unemployed Americans and their families.

May 19, 2009
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Swine Flu Update

As the H1N1 flu outbreak has developed, it has caused concern among many New Yorkers. The New York State Senate has put together this information sheet to help understand the current situation and the response on all levels. Please see the attached document for further details.

File: 
H1N1 UPDATE NY SENATE 5.20.09

May 19, 2009
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Senate Standing Committee on Health Meeting

The committee will consider the following nominations:

Michael Fassler, Public Health Council Anderson Torres, State Hospital Review & Planning Council Ingrid M. Allard, MD, Minority Health Council Richard D. Milone, MD, Administrative Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct

The committee will discuss the following bills:

May 19, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Dilan Urges New Yorkers to Explore New Low-Income Prescription Benefits

New drug discount card for eligible New Yorkers, ages 50 to 64

 

May 18, 2009
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Additional NYC School Closings Due to H1N1

“Today, I was informed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that New York City has made the decision to close three more schools in response to increased influenza-like symptoms related to H1N1. I would like to express my deep concern with the evolving situation and applaud the Mayor, Governor and city and state health agencies for their immediate and decisive response.  

May 17, 2009
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Island senator is behind push for medical marijuana, Savino's position tied to her experience with both parents' battles with terminal cancer

Island senator is behind push for medical marijuanaSavino's position tied to her experience with both parents' battles with terminal cancerSunday, May 17, 2009By JUDY L. RANDALLSTATEN ISLAND ADVANCESTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When state lawmakers vote on legalizing medical marijuana later this month, state Sen. Diane Savino expects to be front and center in favor.After all, Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) is a bill co-sponsor.

May 17, 2009
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In Celebration of National Hospital Week:

In Celebration of National Hospital Week:University Hospital of Brooklyn to Hold Community Health Fair

May 16, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program kicks off Mammography Campaign

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program urges all women to schedule a mammogram.  Early detection is the most effective weapon against breast cancer, and the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program Hotline is there to answer your questions.  Call 800 877-8077.

May 12, 2009
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SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: SENATE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW ALLOWS PATIENTS GREATER FLEXIBILITY; Organ Donor can Designate Non-relative to Consent to Donation

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) applauded the Governor’s approval of Senate bill 3910, which allows patients greater choice and control over who can determine their status as an organ donor.

May 12, 2009
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Klein Plan to Increase Access to Healthcare

Proposes Expanding EPIC eligibility Coverage for An Additional 5,000 Seniors ALBANY, NY-Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Ruben Diaz Sr., Chairman of the Aging Committee, joined with AARP and the Statewide Senior Action Network to call for passage of his legislation which would increase medical coverage for thousands of seniors by raising the income threshold of EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage).

May 12, 2009
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Addabbo Announces Prescription Saver Discount Card

For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Patricia A. McCabe, 718-738-1111

May 11, 2009
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Adelphi Breast Cancer Program Saved

Senator Johnson, Assemblyman Alessi, Announce Much-Needed State Funding has been secured for Important Statewide Initiative

    GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- State funding that had been vital for the continued operation of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program has been restored under the 2009-2010 budget, Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) and Assemblyman Marc Alessi (D-Wading River) announced.

May 11, 2009
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5/05/2009: Senator Huntley attends OASAS Recovery Rally (Your Story Matters)

Hosted by Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, Commissioner of NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair of Mental Health and Developmental Disablities          

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

May 9, 2009
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Senator Duane Addresses the Health Care Association of New York State

On February 25th, 2009, Senator Duane addressed the Health Care Association of New York State at their annual Legislative Advocacy Day.  Senator Duane voiced his support for applying FMAP dollars towards home health services, saying, "We are in tough times, but sledgehammer cuts are a terrible idea. When it comes to FMAP dollars, my job will be to make sure that we get to keep those dollars where they need to be."

May 7, 2009
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Sports and Fitness Expo to Help Battle Childhood Obesity

Join NYS Senator Adams and Team Adams for a sports and fitness expo.

Enjoy sports clinics in basketball, archery, jumprope, tennis, fencing, golf, hulahoop, track and field, baseball, wrestling, volleyball, football and more! (last clinic starts at 3pm!)

Professional instructors, health screenings, nutrition/weightloss counseling, gift bags, prizes and live entertainment.

Learn more here, at bodysculpt.org.  Or call 718 346 5852.

June 13, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Lupus Awareness and Education Forum

New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith with co-sponsor The Jamaica Neighborhood Center's Southeast Queens Lupus Connection present to you a Lupus Awareness and Education Forum.

May 28, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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World Asthma Day 2009 “A Healthy Mind Takes An Easy Breath

New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley and Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith presents World Asthma Day 2009.

May 5, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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