Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that will better protect baby boomer New Yorkers from Hepatitis C by requiring hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for the virus to all patients born between 1945 and 1965.
Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) is a co-sponsor of the law.
"Hepatitis C is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease that disproportionately affects the baby boomer generation in New York and nationwide," Governor Cuomo said. "This new law will help fight Hepatitis C and keep New Yorkers safe by providing testing to those most likely to have this virus whenever they visit a medical facility."
Rachel Sica, who lives in Senator Montgomery's district, is a volunteer with the American Heart Association. She visited the Senator in Albany to discuss the Association's budget recommendations for fiscal year 2014-2015, including an increase in dedicated funding for:
Tobacco Control Program
Healthy Heart Program (hypertension)
Senator Montgomery announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State. The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.
Senator Montgomery is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which was passed by both the Senate and Assembly on June 20, 2014.
The bill passed by the State Legislature and supported by Governor Cuomo will:
• Establish a certification and registry process for physicians to administer medical marijuana;
• Put in place a process for patients to obtain, and manufacturers to dispense, medical marijuana;
Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.
-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.
During a healthcare advocacy day in Albany, Lutheran Family Health Centers' patients and medical and administrative staff call on the Legislature to invest $350 million of the $1.4B in Capital Funding for Community-Based Safety Net Providers.