Thomas F. O'mara's posts related to Health

NYS Department of Health issues important bulletin for regional, statewide early intervention providers

On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, the State Department of Health (DOH) issued an important bulletin for early intervention providers throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

According to DOH, state-funded "safety net payments" will be issued to early intervention providers in response to provider concerns about the lack of payment of claims submitted to insurance companies. 

The department's action is in response to a large number of insurance companies' lack of compliance with recently enacted Early Intervention Program reforms.


CareFirst receives proceeds from last fall's Electronics Recycling Event

Elmira, N.Y., January 16—CareFirst (formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care) announced today that an Electronics Recycling Day held in Horseheads last October by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, has delivered more than $500 to help support the organization’s programs and services.

"A donation of this magnitude will make a significant impact on the quality of life for the local patients we are so honored to serve," says Mary Mosteller-Arnold, Development Coordinator for CareFirst. 

O'Mara: Let's work to approve 'Compassionate Care Act'

Albany, N.Y., March 4— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will work with his Senate colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, this session to gain legislative approval of the “Compassionate Care Act” – landmark legislation that would create the most tightly regulated, highly restrictive medical marijuana system in the nation.   


Donate Life!

Based on statistics from the 2013 Donate Life America state-by-state comparison, New York State ranks 47th in the nation in state organ donation. In fact, the most recent statistics show that 22% of New Yorkers are in our donor registry compared to an average of 48% for states nationally.  And we’re far, far behind the state of Montana, for example, where 84% of adults have registered to donate.


Summer Blood Drives

The summer months, right through the official end of the season in late September, is an urgent time to donate blood.  

According to the American Red Cross, which this year is running a “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” public awareness campaign, blood donations decrease significantly in the summer and shortages can reach critical and emergency levels.    s a result, numerous blood drives are taking place throughout the month of August across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Find Out More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- and it's important for patients and their families to know where to turn for information and support. 

Read more from the:

Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

National Breast Cancer Foundation 


NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch today's discussion live, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The New York State Senate Health Committee is holding a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch it live beginning at 2:00 p.m., CLICK HERE.


And see yesterday's announcement on New York State's Ebola preparedness HERE.


NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch a replay of the October 17th discussion ~ A new state Health Department website ~ A warning on Ebola-related fundraising scams

The New York State Senate Health Committee held a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch a replay of today's roundtable, HERE.


See the new NYS Department of Health website, "Get the Facts About Ebola"


May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month ~ Read more from the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Find out more from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HERE.

Senator O'Mara continues to serve as a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.