Senator Duane restores over $800 million in health care cuts; saves epic pharmacy coverage, touts preventative health.
Albany, New York – In his first year as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Thomas K. Duane (D WFP-Manhattan) announced that an agreement has been reached on the health portion of the New York State budget – one of the largest appropriations in the budget.
On March 8, Assembly Member Micah Kellner and Senator Duane were joined by New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and disability advocates as they announced legislation (A6489/S2933) that would prohibit local transit authorities, like MTA New York City Transit, from charging more for paratransit services, like Access-A-Ride, than the base rate for regular transit services that are often inaccessible to riders with disabilities.
New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane (D, WFP-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Health Committee, today announced his appointment of Denise Soffel as Health Committee Executive Director and Roger Bearden as Health Committee Counsel effective March 9, 2009.
Soffel comes to her new position from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), where she worked as the Health Policy Coordinator, developing and implementing policy advocacy strategy to improve and strengthen public health insurance programs.