Issues: Insurance

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senate Passes Seward Bill To Combat Heroin & Opioid Crisis

ALBANY, 06/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke on the senate floor in support of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The senate passed a package of eleven bills that were part of a three-way agreement between the senate, assembly and governor.  The package includes senate bill 7912, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 19, 2014
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Seward Bill Key Component Of Legislative Agreement To Combat Heroin

ALBANY, 06/18/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced an agreement between legislative leaders and the governor on several bills aimed at fighting the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The package includes a bill, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 18, 2014
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Seward Bill Key Part Of Senate Heroin Package

ALBANY, 06/09/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a package of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.7662) that would improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services was part of the package.

June 9, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, June 2, 2014 Room 124 CAP

June 2, 12:30 PM - 12:33 PM
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Heroin Task Force Releases Report, Legislation

ALBANY, 05/28/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to release a report summarizing the findings of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target treatment, prevention, and law enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at forums held across the state.

May 28, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 124 CAP

May 28, 12:30 PM - 12:37 PM
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Senate Approves Bills to Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

The New York State Senate passed legislation today to crack down on criminals and scam artists who commit auto insurance fraud that costs New Yorkers billion of dollars in higher insurance premiums, and has caused serious injuries and death to innocent victims.The bills, sponsored by Senator James Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, and Senate Coalition Co-Leader Dea

May 7, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, May 5, 2014 Room 124 CAP

May 5, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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Senate Task Force To Convene In 51st Senate District - LIVE WEBCAST AVAILABLE

ONEONTA, 04/25/14- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Otsego County, MONDAY, April 28th, at SUNY College at Oneonta.

Senator Seward, a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, will host a roundtable discussion to solicit input from area stakeholders on the growing epidemic of heroin abuse.  Senator Phil Boyle (R/C/I – Suffolk County), task force chairman, will also take part in the forum along with local health care professionals, addiction experts, law enforcement officials, and concerned citizens.

April 25, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Calls for Investigation into Auto Insurers that Charge Blue-Collar Workers Higher Rates Based on their Income and Education

Following a Report from NYPIRG that Auto Insurers are Targeting Lower-Income New Yorkers for Higher Rates, Senator Kennedy is Calling on NYS Dept. of Financial Services to Investigate.

Big Auto Insurers Charging as Much as $400 a Year More to Insure Drivers without a College Degree.

Kennedy: Insurance Companies are Reaching into the Pockets of WNYers and Speeding Away with the Money.

April 7, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

March 26, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Monday, March 10, 2014  Room 124 CAP

March 10, 12:32 PM - 12:36 PM
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Monday, February 10, 2014  Room 124 CAP

February 10, 12:30 PM - 12:36 PM
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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House's Health Insurance Enrollment Day

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is holding a Health Insurance Enrollment Day on Thursday, February 6!

Meet one-on-one with an application counselor to determine your eligibility for Medicaid, Child Health Plus or financial subsidies. Enroll in health insurance through the online marketplace -- NewYorkStateofHealth.ny.gov

February 6, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN PRESSURES GOV. CUOMO ON FLOOD ASSISTANCE FOR WEST SENECA

In a letter sent over the weekend, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) urged Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-New York) to use existing state disaster relief funds to provide direct relief to homeowners and residents affected earlier this month when the Buffalo Creek flooded in the Town of West Seneca. Specifically, Gallivan is requesting the Governor use funds from a $200 million appropriation  contained in the 2013-14 State Operations Budget that is intended to assist localities that have suffered from a natural or man-made disaster.

February 3, 2014
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WABC 7 On Your Side: Health Exchange Problems with Empire Blue Cross

WABC 7's Nina Pineda reports on the continuing problems Empire Blue Cross / Blue Shield enrollees have been experiencing with actually receiving their proof of insurance and getting covered. Our office has been trying to assist constituents with the same problems and has gotten the State Attorney General's office involved.

January 21, 2014
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Capital New York: A.G. Probes Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Over Health Exchange Complaints

Laura Nahmias reports in Capital New York:

New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman is investigating insurer Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield after complaints from customers who paid for the company’s plans on the state's health exchange, but never received proof they enrolled.

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State Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat, said she alerted the attorney general’s office to a potential systemic problem with Empire’s plans after fielding complaints from her constituents and attempting to resolve them through direct talks with the company. “We realized that this had to be much bigger than the individual complaints we were getting,” Krueger said. “Nobody was answering the phones at Blue Cross/Blue Shield,” she said.

January 16, 2014
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Senate Hearing Points Out Healthcare Exchange Trouble-spots

ALBANY, 01/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on a senate hearing regarding the implementation of the health insurance exchange (NY State of Health) as part of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“While New York has been doing a good job when compared with the federal exchange, a number of issues have been brought to my attention.  Individuals, sole proprietors, and small business owners have seen their policies cancelled, costs to obtain new policies have skyrocketed for some, and application counselors have been unable to provide assistance in several cases.

January 13, 2014
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