Issues: Insurance

Seward Bill Key Part Of Senate Package To Protect New York's Motorists

ALBANY, 03/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to improve safety on New York’s highways.  The package included a bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3511) which targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.

March 23, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Protect New York's Motorists

The New York State Senate today passed four measures to keep New York’s roadways safe.

March 23, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Insurance
Chair: Senator James L. Seward
Public Meeting: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches
Place: Room 124, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Alison Kane (Hannon) (518) 455-2200;
Natalie Bernardi (Seward) (518) 455-3131
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Insurance
Chair: Senator James L. Seward
Public Meeting: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches
Place: Room 124, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Alison Kane (Hannon) (518) 455-2200;
Natalie Bernardi (Seward) (518) 455-3131
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Sanders Debates Seward Over Insurance Bill

Senator Sanders debates Senator James Seward over his bill (S. 3012), which relates to requirements for directors of a domestic stock life insurance company, during Senate session on 3/16/15. The bill passed.

March 17, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, March 16, 2015 Room 124 CAP

March 16, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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Latimer Discusses Insurance Issues in Westchester

Latimer's guest is Michael Barrett, President of Barrett Associates and an active member of the Independent Insurance Brokers of New York

March 4, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 25, 12:30 PM - 12:41 PM
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Young Named Chair of Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Will Be an Active Member on Ten Senate Committees

 

 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) will again serve in multiple leadership positions as the Chairwoman for the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Senator Young, who serves as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, also will serve on the Senate’s Committees on Agriculture, Children and Family Services, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Health, Insurance, Rules, Transportation, and the Select Committee on State-Native American Relations.

 

January 26, 2015
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/26/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2015 – 2016 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 26, 2015
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Independent Democratic Conference Launches 2015 Policy Agenda

“INVEST NEW YORK”

IDC Unveils 15 Innovative Investments that will Create Long Term Stability, Security and Sustainability for all New Yorkers

Proposals Invest in New York Workers, Students, Seniors and Families and Support a Significant Expansion in New York State Schools, Housing, and Communities

January 20, 2015
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Nearly $4 Million Awarded to Combat Motor Vehicle Theft & Insurance Fraud - $210,900 for Kings County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $3.7 million in grant funding to fight against motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The grant awards will go to district attorneys' offices and police departments in seven counties and New York City, the Fire Department of New York, as well as to two training organizations, all of which will work to enhance their efforts in reducing these crimes

The selected agencies will continue their efforts to combat motor vehicle theft – which has been steadily declining in New York. Law enforcement reported 15,451 thefts in 2013, a 10 percent decrease from 2012 and a 62 percent decrease since 2003. They will also target suspected motor vehicle insurance fraud.

January 8, 2015
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Griffo Bill Benefiting Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Workers Now Law

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the senator’s bill that will provide benefits to firefighters and ambulance workers injured while assisting at a scene before an officer in command is established.

“When there’s an accident, every second is precious,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We simply cannot have volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers withholding critical help because an insurance company may not cover a potential injury. I thank Governor Cuomo for approving this common sense legislation.”

December 19, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Brad Hoylman Applauds Governor Cuomo and Superintendent Lawsky for Their Efforts to Prohibit Private Health Insurers from Discriminating Against Transgender People

NEW YORK, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today released the following statement applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky for issuing a bulletin that will prohibit private insurers in New York from discriminating against transgender people in their health care.

December 11, 2014
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New Law Provides Consumer Protection For Life Insurance Policyholders

ONEONTA, 11/25/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced a major consumer protection measure for life insurance policyholders he sponsored has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  

Senator Seward’s bill (S.7320/A.9915) amends the Life Insurance Company Guaranty Corporation of New York (LICGCNY) Act to protect New York policyholders in the event of an insurance company’s bankruptcy.

November 25, 2014
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Following Record-Breaking Storm, Kennedy Calls on Department of Financial Services to Aid Homeowners’ Insurance Claims

Kennedy to DFS: Bring Mobile Insurance Response Unit to Western New York 

Homeowners Need to Dot the I’s and Cross the T’s – DFS Should Help 

November 25, 2014
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Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014
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Senator O’Brien, women’s rights advocates announce bill to minimize harmful impact of Hobby Lobby decision

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien, joined by leading women’s rights advocates from the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, announced his co-sponsorship of legislation that would require employers to notify their employees before changing their insurance plans to restrict access to contraception. The bill comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision allowing corporations to exclude certain forms of contraception from their health care coverage.

August 18, 2014
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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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