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Senator Gillibrand Press Conference at Greenburgh Health Center
Monday, 12 November 2018 12:37

As Trump Administration Continues To Sabotage Access To Health Insurance For People With Preexisting Conditions, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality, Low-Cost Basic Health Program For Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Yorkers.

Legislation Would Allow New York State to Offer Its Essential Plan to More Than 400,000 New Yorkers; New York State Is One of Only Two States That Has a Basic Health Program and Has Seen Lowered Premiums and Higher Enrollment as a Result; Legislation Would Build on This Successful Program and Expand Health Care Access for Low-to-Middle-Income New Yorkers

  • White Plains, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Greenburgh Health Center in White Plains to announce the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018. This legislation would allow New York State to expand access to the high-quality, low-cost Basic Health Program (BHP) to low- and middle-income New Yorkers and people across the United States who don’t qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but might not be able to pay for health insurance on their own. Under current law, New York’s BHP is only available to New Yorkers who earn up to $24,280 a year. This legislation would allow New Yorkers who make up to $48,560 to have access to this high-quality, low-cost health care option.
    New York State is one of the only states that has adopted the BHP as an option to cover lower-income residents who do not qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. New York State has seen lower premiums, higher enrollment, and budget savings and participation from many health care providers and insurers as a result of participation in this program. The Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018 would build on the success of the current program and allow New York State to expand coverage offered through New York State’s Essential Plan to more than 400,000 low-to-middle-income New Yorkers and millions of Americans.
    “No matter where I travel across our state, the number one issue I hear from New Yorkers is that they are worried about the enormous cost of health care and whether or not they will have access to affordable health care under this administration,” said Senator Gillibrand. “That’s why I’m fighting to pass the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018, so we can expand access to high-quality, low-cost health care coverage for low-to-middle-income New Yorkers. I believe that health care is a right, not a privilege, and I will always work in Congress to support legislation that makes health care more accessible for families across our state.”
    “The bill as proposed by Senator Gillibrand brings much needed hope to so many  who have been overlooked and left to fend for themselves in the current health insurance environment. We enthusiastically and categorically support this bill,” said Judith Watson, RN, BSN, MPH, Executive Director, Greenburgh Health Center.
    The Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018 that Gillibrand is fighting to pass would do the following:
    Expands BHP eligibility to the state’s income eligibility levels for the Children’s Health Insurance Program in order to cover more lower-income individuals. Currently, a state’s BHP can provide coverage to individuals with incomes between 133 and 200 percent of the federal poverty line (FPL) who do not qualify for Medicaid, CHIP, or other minimum essential coverage. This bill would allow New York State to expand eligibility to people with incomes up to 400 percent of the FPL, which in 2018 was an income of $48,560 for an individual.
    Allows states to use existing federal BHP funds for administrative and start-up costs for up to one year. Provides new flexibility for states to allow them to use existing BHP funds to help with the costs of implementing a new program for up to one year after enactment. Cost sharing and administration of a new program have been cited as barriers to implementing a BHP.
    BHP benefits include all 10 of the essential benefits covered under the ACA:
    Outpatient care
    Emergency services
    Maternity and newborn care
    Mental health services, including drug and alcohol addiction treatment
    Prescription drugs
    Rehabilitative services and devices, such as physical therapy
    Lab services including X-rays, CAT scans, bloodwork, ultrasounds, etc.
    Preventative services
    Pediatric services
 
Engel Announces $4,634,599 for Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network
Thursday, 21 June 2018 17:16

Engel Announces $4,634,599 for Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network

Congressman Eliot Engel today announced the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network has been awarded a $4,634,599 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will help the Network provide critical care to individuals in Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Greenburgh and the surrounding areas.

"On behalf of the patients and staff of the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center we are grateful for being awarded this significant grant that will help us to continue to provide the highest level of care to our most vulnerable patients and families,” said Opal D. Dunstan, Chief Executive Officer, Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network. “Thanks to Congressman Engel for his support of Health Centers and all his efforts in helping to secure funding for Community Health Centers such as the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network, Yonkers Health Center and Greenburgh Community Health Center."

“The Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network does tremendous work in the community, so I am pleased to announce that further federal funding has been allocated to them for that work,” said Congressman Engel. “I have always believed health care is a right, not a privilege. Everyone deserves quality care, and that’s exactly what our friends at the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network provide.”

 
MVNHC Mental Health Professionals Assist Americans to Cope with Mass Shootings
Friday, 09 November 2018 10:40

Mental health professionals helping Americans cope following mass shootings

Posted: Nov 08, 2018 10:23 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 08, 2018 10:23 PM EST
 
MOUNT VERNON -

As mass shootings continue to make headlines nationwide, Americans are struggling to cope with the tragedies.

Thursday's shooting in Thousand Oaks, California was the latest deadly shooting, just days after another shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Mental health professionals across the country are helping Americans get through the deadly acts, even for those many miles away.

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center psychiatrist Dr. Tunde Asemota says some people may become more anxious because access to stories about the tragedies are hard to turn off due to television and internet coverage.

"What we usually tell our patients in situations like this, we help them grieve, or offer support, we offer counseling," says Asemota.

 
Board of Directors Winter Gala 2018
Winter Gala 2018

Board of Directors Celebrates Three Outstanding Westchester Leaders at Annual Winter Gala

The Board of Directors of the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network (MVNHC) a leading provider of community healthcare for over forty-four years, held its Annual Winter Gala on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Glen Island Harbour Club, Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, New York.

This year’s honorees were: The Honorable Barbara G. Zambelli, Judge, Westchester County Court, and Acting Justice of the Supreme Court (Retired). Judge Zambelli recipient of the Achievement Award. Mr. Leonard Polonsky, Chief Executive Officer, MedStock received the Community Service Award and Edward Nana Amelemah, MD, FACOG, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network was recognized with the Leadership Award. Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event was Mr. Richard Giacovas, News Reporter for News12 Westchester.

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