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WANTED:  WARM LOVING HOMES !!!

 Ramsey – Shep/Chow mix 3 years old male/neutered up to date on vaccines. Ramsey loves to play with his toys and go for walks. He is affectionate and playful but would be best placed with older children and a home without other dogs.

 

 

 

  The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming.

 

          

 

 

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Wednesday
Sep172014

FYI - ProPublica - A New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs To The Sick

A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick

By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illness, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

by Charles Ornstein
ProPublica, Sep. 17, 2014, 11 a.m.

This story was co-published with The New York Times’ The Upshot.

Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: by forcing people with a variety of illnesses — including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and epilepsy — to pay more for their drugs.

Insurers have long tried to steer their members away from more expensive brand name drugs, labeling them as “non-preferred” and charging higher co-payments. But according to an editorial to be published Thursday in the American Journal of Managed Care, several prominent health plans have taken it a step further, applying that same concept even to generic drugs.

The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from discriminating against patients with health problems, but that hasn’t stopped them from seeking new and creative ways to shift costs to consumers. In the process, the plans effectively may be rendering a variety of ailments “non-preferred,” according to the editorial. Read Article

Monday
Sep152014

Suffolk County Office Of Women's Services - Lunch And Learn About Ovarian Cancer

photo - American Cancer SocietyDo you know? Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of all female reproductive system cancers. One in 73 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime!

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 21,980 new cases of ovarian cancer and approximately 14,270 deaths due to ovarian cancer in the United States in 2014.  According to the New York State Health Department, there are approximately 129 new cases and 79 deaths due to ovarian cancer in Suffolk County each year. New York has the eighth highest rate of ovarian cancer in the United States.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is sometimes called the silent killer because it is difficult to detect in its early stages. There is no simple way to screen for it. Though ovarian cancer does cause symptoms, those symptoms are often more commonly caused by other conditions. These symptoms include:

v  abdominal swelling or bloating,

v  pelvic pressure or abdominal pain,

v  difficulty eating or feeling full quickly when eating, and/or

v  urinary symptoms (having to go urgently or often). 

 

Ovarian Cancer Awareness: If you are a woman and notice any new symptoms, such as abdominal swelling or bloating, pelvic pressure or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly when eating, and/or urinary symptoms (having to go urgently or often) that is different from how you usually feel, see your doctor.  For more information, visit:

American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/features/ovarian-and-prostate-cancers-what-to-ask-the-doctor-at-a-routine-visit

Want to learn more? Join us for a Lunch and Learn session:

When:          Wednesday, September 17, 2014

                                                12:00 – 12:50 p.m. OR 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Where:        H. Lee Dennison Building Media Room

                                                100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Contact:       631-853-8284 OR 631-854-0087

The Lunch and Learn program is sponsored by the Suffolk County Office of Women’s Services, the Long Island Chapter of National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition!

Monday
Sep082014

Free Smoking Cessation Program Offered Throughout Suffolk County

County Executive, Health Commissioner Promote Free Smoking Cessation Course throughout Suffolk County

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner James Tomarken, MD, MPH, encourage all Suffolk County residents who smoke to sign up for Suffolk County’s Learn To Be…Tobacco Free smoking cessation program. 

“Suffolk County has led the way in tobacco control and will continue to do so,” said Bellone who earlier this year signed legislation to raise the age for the sale of tobacco products to 21 beginning in 2015. “Ultimately, we hope to improve the health of the community and reduce the health-care costs associated with tobacco use.”

Suffolk County’s comprehensive Learn to Be …Tobacco Free cessation program includes educational classes, pharmaceutical support to medically-eligible participants, and continued support upon completion of the program.  Approximately 18,000 individuals have participated in the county’s Learn to Be …Tobacco Free cessation program since its inception in 2000.

“In the last half century, we have seen tremendous change in attitudes and behavior concerning tobacco use, demonstrating that education and health promotion are effective in improving public health,” said Dr. Tomarken. “Our ‘Learn to Be Tobacco Free’ program is one of the most successful programs available to residents who wish to quit smoking and in order to improve their lives.”

Listed below are current Learn to Be…Tobacco Free classes that are open for enrollment:

Middle Country Public Library, 575 Middle Country Road, Selden, NY

Mondays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., September 22, 29; October 6, 20, 27; November 3, 2014

Reunion class, November 24, 2014

Contact: 585-9393 x 218

West Babylon Public Library, 211 Route 109, West Babylon, NY

Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014

Reunion: November 18, 2014

Contact: 669-5445

Suffolk County Health Department, 725 Veterans Highway Bldg. C928, Hauppauge, NY

Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., October 14, 21, 28; November 18, 25; December 2, 2014

Reunion: December 23, 2014

Contact: 853-2928

East Northport Library, 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY

Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 2014

Reunion: November 6, 2014

Contact: 261-2313

Riverhead Library, 330 Court Street, Riverhead, NY
Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 2014

Reunion: November 20, 2014

Contact: 727-3228

Support groups meet at 5:30 on the first Wednesday of every month in Hauppauge, and the third Wednesday of every month in Riverhead, for those who have completed a full program (six weeks) of smoking cessation classes. 

To find out about classes near you, call 853-4017or visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PreventiveMedicine/OfficeofHealthEducation/SmokingCessation/CessationClasses.aspx