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Health Committee's April Meeting

The Health Committee will next meet on Monday, April 8th at 10:30am, location TBA.

The committee is planning a public information program on The New York Health Act, which is proposed legislation to establish a single payer health insurance benefit for all New Yorkers.

This legislation has many sponsors in both houses of the legislature and is expected to come to a vote in the upcoming session. We will be planning the program described below.

If you wish to attend our April 8th meeting and do not receive the committee's e-mail announcements, call Carol Furman at 346-2746, for the location of the meeting.

Now is the Time

Now is The Time, Single Payer Health Coverage for All New Yorkers Could Be A Reality!

Join us on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:30-7:30 pm in the McChesney Room, at the Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady to view a film titled "Now Is The Time" and hear speakers:

Dr. George Jolly, area Internist, and member of the Physicians For A National Health Program
Ms. Karen Wojck-Hess, President of the Capital Region Alliance for Retired Americans

They will discuss the proposed legislation in New York. This legislation would establish a single payer health insurance program which would cover all New York residents. The Rand Corporation researchers concluded that such an approach could expand coverage while reducing total health spending. This proposal may come up for a vote in the current legislative session in both houses.

Come and become informed about what benefits and changes it proposes. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County, the AAUW (American Assoc. of University Women), SICM (the Schenectady Community Ministry), and the Schenectady Retired Teachers Association.

New York Health Act

New York Health Act

This is an exciting time for the possibility of passage for the New York Health Act, the single-payer legislation in New York State. Along with other progressive issues the League has been fighting for, the Senate change since the last election increases the chance that the bill will finally be brought to the floor for a vote. Many of the newly elected legislators ran on support of this bill. Our Health Care Committee is working to educate the public through grassroots techniques such as letters-to-the editor, op-ed articles, presentations to various local groups, providing local forums, and lobbying legislators about the facts of the legislation. The current bill is being amended to include long-term care. New York State can serve as a testing ground for the future of American medicine if passage and implementation is achieved.

NY State Voter Health Committee

Falls Prevention Project

The Health Committee has facilitated three meetings of a Falls Prevention Workgroup made up of area organizations that provide services to seniors as part of a collaboration with Schenectady Coalition For a Healthy Community. Work towards the goal of reducing falls among seniors that results in injury and death is being encouraged and supported by the NYS Department of Health.

This year the State Health Department is funding some free training for providers, for programs for increasing balance and strengthening and other interventions to help seniors remain active and in the community as they age.

The Workgroup is focused on increasing the number of persons trained to provide successful falls prevention programs and the access to those programs. In addition, the group would like to identify what resources the County has for both prevention programs and home modification services.

If you are interested in working with the Health Committee on this project, contact Carol Furman, 346-2746.