Schumer Visits The North Country Today

Schumer to Tour New Wound Care Center at Adirondack Medical & Push Legislation to Extend Program to Support Rural Hospitals That Treat High Number of Medicare Patients & That Are Critical to Rural Communities

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will tour the hospital’s new Wound Care Center and push legislation that would extend a Medicare payment program that is critical to rural hospitals, like Adirondack Medical Center and others across upstate New York. The Low Volume Hospital Program impacts 24 hospitals across New York, and provides Medicare support to hospitals that are very important to rural communities, though do not necessarily serve a high volume of patients. This program is set to expire on September 30, 2012, and Schumer’s legislation, which he introduced with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), would extend these programs for one additional year, which is critical to Adirondack Medical Center continuing to provide top-notch health care.

Schumer will be joined by Chandler Ralph, CEO of Adirondack Medical Center, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Mayor of Saranac Lake Clyde Rabideau, and Franklin County Manager Thomas Leitz.

Following his tour of The Wound Center at AMC, Schumer heads to Ticonderoga. There he will tour the facility in Essex County and reveal his plan to prioritize the extension of The Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, which is a proven success in incentivizing companies to hire veterans and is set to expire at the end of this year. Schumer applauds International Paper’s goal to hire more veterans and urges other North Country businesses to similarly seek to hire these highly skilled workers that often fall through the cracks when returning home to civilian employment. The Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, enacted in November 2011,  provides tax credits to businesses of up to $9,600 depending on the length of time a veteran has been unemployed, and if that veteran has a service-connected disability. Schumer has fought to include this critical tax credit in the Senate tax extenders package that will be considered on the Senate floor in September. International Paper currently employs over 100 veterans, including 4 in the past year and this federal tax credit would allow them to achieve their goal to hire more veterans in the future.

Schumer will be joined by Garry Douglas, President of the Plattsburgh-North County Chamber of Commerce; Dan Palmer, Essex County Manager; Randy Douglas, Chairman of Essex Board of Supervisors; Debra Malaney, Supervisor for the Town of Ticonderoga; Matt Courtright, Executive Director of Ticonderoga Area Chamber; and Carol Calabrese, Essex County IDA as he launches his push to allow upstate New York businesses to hire more veterans in the near future.

 

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