Health and Safety

Enforcing The Law
Health and Safety

Enforcing The Law

January 23, 2013 By Ed Koch The National Rifle Association which announced it had enrolled 100,000 new members in one week after the national tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, is apparently so strong in Congress that, according to The New York Times of January 11, "The White House has calculated that a ban…

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Doctors Orders: Pass Paid Sick Time Now!

January 21, 2013 Joe Maniscalco  With New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn refusing to allow an even watered down version of the Paid Sick Time Act to come to a vote after 1,000 days, advocates for the measure took to the steps of City Hall on January 18, bringing along with them a cadre…

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Empire Had Your Back When Sandy Struck…

January 17, 2013 
Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Accounts When super storm Sandy rampaged through New York and New Jersey in October, Empire responded quickly to meet the needs of members who needed medical services, but were caught in the midst of the maelstrom.

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Breidbart – Flu Demands Respect

January 15, 2013 Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Medical Officer, Empire BlueCross BlueShield In the universe of infectious diseases, influenza, or flu, doesn’t usually gather interest. Ebola kills almost all infected people, isn’t in the United States, and had a best seller written about it. Tuberculosis, or consumption, is worldwide, continuously threatens to become immune to…

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Mental Health Assistance for Court-Involved

December 24, 2012 By Stephanie West, City Hall Reporter Under the City's new mental health initiative, Court-based Intervention and Resource Teams in each borough will collect and quickly relay information on defendants’ mental health care needs, risk of flight and risk of re-offense to the court-based teams to recommend appropriate judicial responses for each defendant’s specific risks and…

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Panel – Hurricane Sandy Could Be A Lost Opportunity For Labor

December 13, 2012 By Joe Maniscalco While card-playing National Guardsmen stationed in Far Rockaway, Queens waited for orders to act following Hurricane Sandy, volunteers from the New York State Nurses Association [NYSNA] were going door-to-door in darkened hi-rise buildings throughout the storm-ravaged community assessing the medical needs of frigid residents still stranded in powerless apartments.

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