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NYSNA: State Should Reject HHC’s Dialysis Privatization
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NYSNA: State Should Reject HHC’s Dialysis Privatization

February 27, 2014 By Marc Bussanich  Bronx, NY—The president of the Health and Hospitals Corporation testified to the City Council on Monday that privatizing dialysis services would save the hospital millions of dollars. But the head of the New York State Nurses Association said the state should reject HHC’s application because it’ll negatively affect the…

LaborPress’ Health-Care Summit Thursday February 27th from 9AM-1PM  “Navigating Healthcare Today; Charting A Course for Tomorrow”
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LaborPress’ Health-Care Summit Thursday February 27th from 9AM-1PM “Navigating Healthcare Today; Charting A Course for Tomorrow”

February 26, 2014 This conference sponsored by LaborPress will feature more than two dozen notables and experts on health care from politics, labor, and business, including New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; Thomas Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; Mitra Behroozi, executive director of Local 1199 SEIU’s benefit and…

Public Hospital Near Privatizing Dialysis Service
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Public Hospital Near Privatizing Dialysis Service

February 25, 2014 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—The New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council is set to vote soon on whether to allow the nation’s largest public hospital, the Health and Hospitals Corporation, to privatize its dialysis services. HHC’s president said privatization is necessary to save money, but opponents say privatization…

Tips For Handling Digital Eye Strain
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Tips For Handling Digital Eye Strain

February 25, 2014 Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Accounts Nowadays, people, from senior citizens to preschoolers, spend their working hours on desktop and laptop computers, use tablet computers in school, eReaders to read books and magazines and smartphones to stay connected with friends – texting, blogging,…

Gottfried Pushes ‘Medicare for All’
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Gottfried Pushes ‘Medicare for All’

February 24, 2014 By Steven Wishnia It won’t happen this year, but Assemblymember Richard Gottfried is determined to set up a single-payer health-care system in New York State—like Medicare, but with everything covered and no copayments or deductibles. Gottfried’s bill, sponsored in the state Senate by Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan), would set up a system called…

Agreement on Future of Long Island College Hospital
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Agreement on Future of Long Island College Hospital

February 21, 2014 By Mayor de Blasio “For months, we were told the free-fall closure of Long Island College Hospital was inevitable. We fought back. We went to court to keep the padlocks off the doors. We fought shoulder to shoulder with this community and used all the tools of city government to press for…

Community Patient Healthcare Services are Essential
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Community Patient Healthcare Services are Essential

February 20, 2014 By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher New York, NY – New York State was successful in achieving a medical waiver from the Federal government. This will allow for the utilization of 8 Billion Dollars to improve and maintain patient-centered primary care services across the state.

Supreme Court Threatens Union Check-Off
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Supreme Court Threatens Union Check-Off

February 12, 2014 By Stephanie West Washington, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the National Right to Work Committee’s Harris v. Quinn case on Jan. 21. The case, filed against the state of Illinois, SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana, SEIU Local 73 and AFSCME District 31, threatens the right of home…

CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
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CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

February 7, 2014 By Stephanie West CVS Caremark has announced that they will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at all CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S. by October 1, 2014. The American Lung Association applauds this decision and encourages other retailers to eliminate sales of tobacco products in their stores.

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