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Miller to Empire BlueCross BlueShield: Stop Putting Profits Before People

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller was proud to join South Nassau Communities Hospital’s (SNCH) rally to fight Empire BlueCross BlueShield for fair reimbursement rates and to keep SNCH within the Empire BlueCross BlueShield network. The rally was held on hospital grounds on Thursday, June 21. Currently, SNCH is in the middle of contract discussions with Empire BlueCross BlueShield, which have gone on for much longer than expected and could affect members ‘ability to receive non-emergency care coverage at SNCH starting July 1.


“Healthcare companies should be focused on the health and care of their members, not their bank accounts,” said Miller. “Empire BlueCross BlueShield needs to stop putting profits before people. This is our community, we need this hospital and the ancillary services they provide throughout this entire area for our families, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield doesn’t have the right to take them away. I will continue to fight alongside my fellow legislators and Long Islanders until this company provides the same reimbursement rates and coverage that it does to other hospitals in the area.”


Last year, Anthem, Inc., the owner of Empire BlueCross BlueShield, reported a profit of $3.4 billion, which is a 55 percent increase from 2016. The company also received a $1 billion credit in corporate tax relief under President Trump’s tax reform. Compared to SNCH, other hospitals in Nassau County receive up to 40 percent more in coverage from Empire BlueCross BlueShield for the same medical conditions and procedures. For the past few years, SNCH has lost $11 million in revenue from Medicare cuts.


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Hempstead Town Kicks Off Senior Citizen Vaccine Program

Flu season has arrived, and Hempstead Town is doing its part to protect senior citizens from the health risks posed by the dangerous illness. Supervisor Kate Murray today kicked off Hempstead Town’s 2014 Senior Flu Shot program at the Wantagh Senior Center.


In partnership with South Nassau Communities Hospital and the Nassau University Medical Center, the Hempstead Town Senior Flu Shot Program is providing vaccines to Town of Hempstead senior citizens aged 60 and older. There are no out-of-pocket costs for residents who receive the vaccine.


“Our senior citizens are among the most vulnerable segment of the population when it comes to the risks associated with seasonal flu,” Murray said. “Thanks to our partners at South Nassau Communities Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center, we are able to provide mature residents with opportunities to protect themselves from the flu.”


According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, adults aged 65 years and older are more susceptible to the flu. In fact, the agency says that “90 percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people aged 65 and older.


“We are delighted to join with Supervisor Murray and with South Nassau Hospital in encouraging all seniors to receive the influenza vaccine, helping to save lives by preventing the spread of flu,” Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, President/CEO of the Nassau University Medical Center. “Receiving the annual flu vaccine remains the single best method for flu prevention.”


“Flu season is upon us, and whether you opt to get a flu vaccine or not, prevention should be your goal when it comes to the flu. A proactive approach is the most effective way to keeping yourself and your family healthy this winter,” said Ms. Gina Kearney, PhD, RN, director of Community Education at South Nassau Communities Hospital.


Hundreds of town seniors are expected to take advantage of the free vaccine, so space is at the remaining locations is limited and pre-registration is suggested. However, based on availability, walk-in registrants will be accepted on the day of each program. For more information, call the Department of Senior Enrichment at 516-485-8100. Also, for updates related to the town’s Flu Shot Program, listen to media sponsor WHLI 1500AM weekdays from 7 a.m. to noon.


Remaining 2014 Flu Immunization Schedule


Immunizations will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:


  • Monday, November 10: Levittown Senior Center, at Newbridge Gardens, 555 North Newbridge Road, Levittown (516-433-5454)
  • Thursday, November 13: Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick (516-868-4777)
  • Tuesday, November 18: Franklin Square Senior Center, at Dogwood Terrace, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square (516-328-3010)


“Our Flu Shot Program can be a life saver for seniors,” Murray said. “Protect yourself from the flu bug and register for our immunization program now.”


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