Update: Implementation of PPACA in NY State

May 12, 2011

Lobbyists: New York falling behind on health insurance exchange
5/20/2011
Syracuse, N.Y. — The American Cancer Society AARP New York and AARP say New York needs to speed up efforts to create a state health insurance exchange by passing a law creating a public authority or designating another entity to operate the exchange.

Health insurance exchanges are a key component of federal health care reform. Uninsured individuals and small businesses are supposed to be able to purchase affordable health insurance through the exchanges beginning Jan. 1, 2014. States can set up their own exchanges or use a federal exchange.

Full article here.

California Single Payer Health Care Bill Passes Health Committee

May 12, 2011

5/5/2011
From the Office of Sen. Mark Leno –

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Senate Health Committee today approved the California Universal Health Care Act, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). Senate Bill 810 guarantees all Californians comprehensive, universal health care while containing ballooning health care costs and improving the quality of care and delivery of health services statewide. The legislation passed with a 5-3 vote. Read more

Sen. Sanders Introduces Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All Legislation

May 10, 2011

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced today that he has introduced legislation to provide health care for every American through a Medicare-for-all type single-payer system. The measure, and its companion bill introduced in the House by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), will provide better care for more patients at lower cost by eliminating the middle-man role played by private insurance companies that rake off billions of dollars in profits. Read more

LOCAL EVENT: The Future of Social Security

May 10, 2011

What: Get the Inside Scoop: The Future of Social Security
When: Monday, May 16, 2011 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Camillus Senior Center, 25½ First Street
Camillus, NY 13031

AARP invites you to get the inside scoop on what’s at stake in this national debate from Syracuse University’s Eric Kingson, a national expert on Social Security. Join us on Monday, May 16, at the Camillus Senior Center to discuss:

Proposed changes to Social Security
Cost of living adjustment
Long-term solvency of Social Security
and more…..

The event is free but registration is required. Call AARP Onondaga Chapter #243 at (315) 454-0104 to RSVP.
Brought to you by AARP New York and AARP Chapter #243.

Infoxication!

May 10, 2011

Ever wonder why the people who watch FOX News often think the way they do?  It’s because they’re infoxicated.