(Albany, NY) Just days after new research from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of 140,000 women, indicated clear health benefits relating to breastfeeding for the mother and newborn, the New York State Senate has passed the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights (S1107A).
New York- State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) joined the New York City Breastfeeding Promotion Leadership Committee (NYCBPLC) today for their annual Breastfeeding Subway Caravan. The Subway Caravan began in 2004 as a means to highlight the importance of breastfeeding and reinforce a women's right to breastfeed wherever they have a right to be. This year the Caravan celebrated the passage of Senator Krueger's Breastfeeding Bill of Rights (S1107), which is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. The legislation codifies mothers' rights to breastfeed into a single, concise
Bill would allow giving vaccine to minors without parental consentBy RICK KARLINALBANY -- The debate over making cervical cancer vaccines available to young women is coming to the state Legislature today.A group of anti-vaccine activists plans to attend this morning's Senate Codes Committee hearing to protest a bill that would let health care professionals give the vaccine to women younger than 18 without parental consent.
By Cara MatthewsSenators approved a bill this week that sets up a legal mechanism for designating a surrogate to act on an incapacitated person's behalf, legislation supporters say is long overdue and will reduce additional stress placed on friends and families during crises.Passage of the bill is a "monumental achievement that should be celebrated by all New Yorkers," Gov. David Paterson said in a statement. He pledged to sign the legislation, which was previously approved by the Assembly.
Senator Liz Krueger Marks National Healthcare Decisions Day by Signing Own Health Care Proxy
(New York, NY) Today, New York State Senator Liz Krueger filled out a Health Care Proxy to show support for National Healthcare Decisions Day and to ensure her own medical treatment preferences are honored in the future. National Healthcare Decisions Day seeks to empower individuals by raising awareness so that persons may start a conversation and discuss their medical wishes.
(New York, NY) - This year on Mother’s Day, when we take the time to honor the women who have done so much to care for others, State Senator Liz Krueger urges us to remind these same women to take care of themselves by getting regular mammogram screenings. Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for woman, and while many women schedule regular screenings – including self examinations – more than 41,000 women die annually from this disease.
(New York, NY) Those who are struggling under a rising tide of healthcare costs can finally breathe a sigh of relief. In an effort to slow the increasing burden of healthcare costs, Senator Liz Krueger helped pass “Prior Approval” legislation (S8088) which will enact new standards of oversight and accountability of the health insurance industry, making coverage more affordable for individuals, families and small businesses.
In late 2009 I sponsored and pushed through Legislation (S1107) to establish a Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights. All too often women are made to feel ashamed when they breastfeed, which can lead them to quit breastfeeding their babies prematurely.
My Breastfeeding Mother’s Bill of Rights is common-sense legislation that empowers and supports new mothers by providing them with the information they need prior to, and after they give birth so they can make the best decisions for their child and themselves.
Recently, I sent an open letter to President Obama expressing my concern over abortion restrictions to the high-risk insurance pools established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPAHC) was passed, I felt that we, as a nation, were establishing the beginning of a caring, and needed, response to a serious abuse inherent to the health insurance delivery system. But, the recent announcement applicable to this Act by the Obama administration, prohibiting abortions excepting cases of rape, incest and life endangerment to the mother, carves out a legal medical procedure that has serious implications for a population that is already medically compromised.
I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.