Sens. Greg Ball and Liz Krueger debated the state’s creation of a health benefit exchange, one of the major items left dangling at the end of the 2011 legislative session, on Susan Arbetter’s “Capitol Pressroom” on Wednesday morning. Depending on who you talk to, the exchange — required by the federal Health Care Reform Act — is either the camel’s nose under the tent of Obamacare or an absolutely necessary resource to reduce the cost of health insurance for small businesses.
Nearly three months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers forged an agreement on legislation to set up a health-insurance exchange in the state, the GOP-controlled Senate has yet to indicate whether it plans to return to Albany to vote on the bill. States are required to set up health-care exchanges to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.
State and county politicians gathered in White Plains Monday in an effort to raise awareness for Smiling on America’s Heroes—a new program that provides discounted dental and eye care for retired military veterans.
Joined by veterans and veteran’s advocates earlier today, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino promoted the “Smiling on America’s Heroes,” a discount dental and eye care program that is available to veterans and their dependents. Also endorsing it was State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, and Assemblyman Bob Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge.
With 2.6 million uninsured residents, a popular Democratic governor and tens of millions of federal dollars at stake, New York would seem to be one of the least likely states to join a growing revolt in the nation’s capitals against facilitating a federal overhaul of health care.
PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. – At a meeting held last week with local officials and residents, state Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) said government should use Tropical Storm Irene as a “teaching moment” to prepare for future disasters.
“Going into this anniversary, the sad reality is that there are those who seek to destroy the United States of America, harm innocent men, women and children and ultimately change our way of life. While we must always be prepared, on this anniversary all New Yorkers should take recent threats extremely seriously, and always remember if you see something, say something,” said Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “I commend the Department of Homeland Security, the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, and other first responders who stand on the front lines of our nation’s defense. We now have credible information suggesting New York City and Washington, D.C.
State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, plans to hold hearings in a few weeks to find out why power companies struggled to keep up with the damage from Hurricane Irene. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, might do the same.