September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness MonthSeptember 17, 2008 - Hoping to bring better awareness to new breakthroughs associated with detecting ovarian cancer, State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) today noted that New Yorkers need to learn more about the symptoms of early disease. He said ovarian cancer used to be called the ‘silent killer’ because it rarely revealed symptoms in its earliest, most treatable stages. But ovarian cancer is silent no more.
ALBANY, NY – (August 5, 2008) –The fuel and per diem costs for this Friday’s special session is a waste of taxpayer money, said State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany), repeating his call for the Senate Republican Majority to cancel the August 8 session.
ALBANY, NY – (August 1, 2008) – Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) is asking Senate Republicans to call off a second scheduled special session for Friday, August 8, citing high fuel costs and per diem for lawmakers in session.
This week Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Center) called Senators back to reopen dialogue on fiscal reforms. The move will piggyback a Tuesday, August 19 special "economic" session Governor David A. Paterson called for this week after declaring the state was in a recession.
This Father’s Day, women should start a conversation to help Dad get checked
In recognition of Men’s Health Week, which culminates on Father’s Day, State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) today called upon New York women to help increase men’s awareness of prostate cancer. According to a 2006 national study, men are more likely to listen to women when it comes to their own health.
National celebration focuses on notable women who shaped American historyMarch 5, 2008 - State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) today declared March is the right time of year to reflect upon and recognize the remarkable women who have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to all society. March is Women’s History Month.
Month-long awareness campaign focuses on threat of heart disease in womenTo coincide with February’s American Heart Month, State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today encouraged New Yorkers, and women in particular, to get their blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked.
It’s obvious that New York State is going to have to act decisively to reduce a growing budget gap.Next year that gap could be between $3.7 and $4.7 billion and over the following three years the deficit will total at least $18 billion. As the late U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) once jokingly said, "a billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money."Well the time for New York is now. It’s real, and we have to find real solutions.Last week Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith proposed a number of ideas to reduce the shortfall.
Background:Last year, Senate Democrats commissioned an independent study by a well-known actuary to look at HMO profits in New York State. Frankly, we were amazed by what the study revealed. While consumers are paying higher premiums, higher copays and higher deductibles for health care coverage, they are receiving dramatically less coverage for their money.
In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today encouraged New Yorkers to learn the risk factors and early symptoms associated with a debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans, though authorities estimate that about one in three cases goes undiagnosed.
State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Albany) today called on New Yorkers to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month by speaking with friends and loved ones about the deadly disease that one in eight women will develop at some point during her lifetime. Because treatment is more likely to be successful when breast cancer is detected early, screening plays a key role in saving lives. "Every October, we renew our commitment to educating New Yorkers about the importance of breast cancer screening," said Senator Breslin.
State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today reminded constituents that the state’s blood supply usually drops by about 10 to 15 percent during the summer, which can lead to dire circumstances for hospital patients in need of transfusions. He encouraged volunteers to help prevent the rationing of blood supplies by donating blood. "When a personal health crisis hits, blood must be immediately available," said Senator Breslin. "A dwindling blood supply during the busy summer months can literally mean the difference between life and death.
State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) today announced that Whitney M. Young Community Health Center will receive a $64,098 grant from the State Department of Health in support of school-based health clinics, which provide on-site health care services free of charge to students at their local school."In order for preventive health care measures to work, we must find ways to reach our children as soon as possible, since they benefit most from early intervention," Breslin said in announcing the grant.
In recognition of Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week, celebrated each year as the week leading up to it, State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) today called upon New York families to urge Dad to take good care of himself by making sure to get regular medical care. "Between the demands of work, caring for loved ones, and the constant upkeep of cars and home, many Dads put off getting an annual checkup," Senator Breslin said.
State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) today applauded National Safety Month, observed each year during June. In recognition of the annual event, he asked New York parents and guardians to set aside a little time to make sure their homes are safe for little ones. "Most people regard their home as a safe haven in a stormy world, but home can be a dangerous place when it comes to accidental poisoning," Senator Breslin said.
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State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) praised legislation introduced by State Senator John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) that would improve health care in medically-underserved communities, stimulate local economies by helping start-up businesses obtain health insurance and reduce the soaring costs of health care premiums by returning regulation of HMO rates to the State Insurance Department. The Albany lawmaker noted that Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) profits nearly doubled between 2001 and 2005, from $672 million to $1.3 billion, while HMO payment reimbursements decreased.