Stefanik votes for bill to improve veterans' dental care

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and fellow House members passed a bill to provide a waiver to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "to begin a pilot program to improve dental care access and services for enrolled veterans who are currently ineligible," according to a press release.

The bill would allow the VA to work with the American Dental Association and federally-qualified health centers to offer pro bono and discounted dental services to veterans.

“Our veterans put their lives on the line for our freedom – we must ensure they have the ability to receive comprehensive health care through the VA," Stefanik said in a statement.

"I was proud to deliver this bipartisan result for our veterans, and I applaud the House for coming together to pass this important legislation."

Jones votes for limousine safety bills

ALBANY — On Jan. 14, Assemblyman D. Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that he had joined fellow Assembly members in unanimously passing several bills to enhance limousine safety.

The bills were prompted by the October 2018 Schoharie County crash in which 20 people, including some with ties to the North Country, lost their lives, a press release said.

The package of bills included one piece of legislation that would require the installation of approved seat belts that are accessible, visible and in good working condition in all stretch limousines. 

"It’s truly crushing – careless oversight and lax regulations caused the death of 20 people, several of whom left their lasting impact on all those who knew them in the North Country," Jones said in a statement.

"While we can never bring back the lives lost, legislation like this can help prevent future tragedies from occurring and ensure no community has to suffer a heartbreaking loss."

Gillibrand announces legislation to help student parents

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Jan. 14, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced legislation she has cosponsored which would help expand access to high-quality child care services at no cost to student parents enrolled in community colleges and minority-serving institutions, according to a press release.

Among other provisions, the Preparing and Resourcing Our Student Parents and Early Childhood Teachers (PROSPECT) Act would fund $9 billion in new grant programs to provide infant and toddler care to low-income student parents.

Gillibrand's announcement followed a report that revealed one in five college students are raising a child younger than five while in school.

"Parents shouldn’t have to choose between getting a college degree and affording child care," Gillibrand said in a statement.

"However, many student parents have trouble finding and affording high-quality child care services, particularly for infants and toddlers.

I urge my colleagues to support this bill and help provide child care to student parents."

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