In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) 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. "Given the condition’s enormous impact, we should probably make every month diabetes awareness month," said Senator Oppenheimer.
In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) announced today that screening mammograms are available at little or no cost to eligible local residents. She urged women to learn more about the early detection tests for breast cancer, which play a key role in saving lives. "It certainly saved me; I'm a 20-year breast cancer survivor," said Senator Oppenheimer.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) 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. She 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 Oppenheimer. "A dwindling blood supply during the busy summer months can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Saying that "millions of old cell phones in drawers and closets throughout the country can be put to better use," State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today urged her constituents to donate their unused phones and batteries to the Secure the Call Foundation. The nonprofit group collects and distributes used cell phones to individuals and organizations for use as emergency phones."I do this to help others and to protect the environment," said Senator Oppenheimer.
Despite early agreements on major issues that had been blocked for years, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today said the 2007 legislative session ended in disappointment and frustration for Democratic senators who have been pushing for legislation critical to their 9-to-5 working family agenda."Senate Democrats helped negotiate and pass a flurry of important bills early this legislative session, including civil confinement of sex offenders, workers’ compensation reform and ethics reform," said Senator Oppenheimer.
June is National Safety Month. In recognition of the annual event, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today reminded New York parents and guardians that young children are especially vulnerable to unintentional poisonings, though not necessarily from toxic chemicals that conjure up a skull and crossbones image. "Home can be a remarkably unsafe place when it comes to an accidental poisoning," said Senator Oppenheimer. "The truth is, many poisonings result from the ingestion of ordinary household products in toxic amounts.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today called upon New Yorkers to join her in celebrating Mother’s Day by urging loved ones to get a mammogram. Regular screening plays a pivotal role in the fight against breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among women. "Breast cancer kills more Westchester woman than any other type of cancer except respiratory related cancers," Senator Oppenheimer noted. "The good news is that about 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today praised a new plan introduced by Senate Democrats to improve health care in under-served communities, stimulate local economies by helping startup businesses obtain health insurance and reduce the soaring costs of health care premiums by returning regulation of Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) rates to the State Insurance Department. The Westchester lawmaker noted that HMO profits nearly doubled between 2001 and 2005, from $672 million to $1.3 billion, while HMO payment reimbursements decreased.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today expressed disappointment that two progressive property tax measures, recently introduced as amendments by Senate Democrats, were rejected by the Senate's Majority. "Once again, we had a real opportunity to target tax relief to those who need it most -- primarily senior citizens and middle-class working families-- and once again our measures landed on deaf ears," Senator Oppenheimer said. TwoSenate Minorityproperty tax measures had been offered as amendments to a proposal offered by Senate Republicans (S.1-A).
Do you have more frequent flier miles than you know what to do with? State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is encouraging you to donate those unused miles to help our armed service personnel and their families this holiday season.
Earlier this week, the State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission, issued their recommendations to restructure New York’s hospital and nursing home systems in an effort to cut the state’s massive health care costs. Their proposed plan --18 months in the making -- calls for nine hospitals and seven nursing homes to close, with dozens more recommended for downsizing, merger or restructuring.
As fall begins its slow cascade of colors, we’re reminded that winter’s miseries can’t be far behind. High up on the list of the season’s maladies is influenza, which causes approximately 36,000 deaths nationwide each year. The "flu" is a respiratory illness that spreads mainly from person to person through coughing and sneezing. But did you know that individuals can pass the virus to others even before the telltale signs of fever, runny nose, headache and cough appear? It’s just one more reason to take decisive action against a highly contagious, sometimes deadly disease.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) encouraged Westchester residents to take a moment to learn about lupus, a chronic disease that, for unknown reasons, causes inflammation and serious damage to different parts of the body. While many women know the signs and health risks of breast cancer, few know about lupus, which mostly affects young women between ages 15 and 45. October is national lupus awareness month.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today praised a new law extending health insurance coverage to children diagnosed with autism, a neurobiological condition. Under existing law, many health insurance plans that routinely cover similar neurobiological disorders do not cover autism treatment.
As a regular blood donor, State Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today encouraged constituents to remember that while the summer is coming to an end, the need for blood supplies continues year-round. "Regardless of the season, there are always people who need blood," said Senator Oppenheimer, noting that blood donations typically decline by 10 to 15 percent during the busy summer months.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today hailed a series of new laws designed to increase the number of organ and tissue transplants available for desperately ill New Yorkers. The newly-signed laws make it easier for people to give the gift of life, eliminating legal red tape and offering tax breaks to living donors to offset expenses. "The Organ and Tissue Donor Registry will now change from listing individuals who have indicated an intent to donate to those who have provided consent," Senator Oppenheimer said.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) said the 2006 legislative session ended with a flurry of agreements on tough new anti-crime measures, critical child and family funding, and a property tax rebate program, but brought no significant reforms to create a more transparent and open government.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced the creation of an independent Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), with broad new powers to hunt down and prosecute fraud and abuse in New York’s $45 billion-a-year Medical Assistance program for the frail, elderly and poor.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today expressed her strong support for legislation expanding the list of criminals who must submit DNA samples to the State DNA database. The bill (S.8446) was one of a series of tough new proposals designed to fight crime that were passed by the Senate in the waning hours of the 2006 Legislative Session. The legislation was agreed to after extensive negotiations between the Senate, State Assembly and the Governor’s office. "New York State now has the means to prosecute more crimes than ever.