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A new state law for 2017 allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to sign up as organ donors can make a significant improvement in the ability to get a life-saving organ to a patient waiting for one.  The law brings New York in alignment with most other states, allowing the teens to sign as donors on a driver’s license or permit.  Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Marketing Director Nancy Ryan stresses the importance of accessing young peo

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A set of new laws that went into effect at the start of 2017 can make it easier for people with heroin and opioid addictions to get help…and for treatment providers to help them.  One change for treatment involves whether insurance will cover it.  Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare CEO Jeremy Klemanski will have one less hurdle when trying to provide treatment to an addict…and having to prove they need it.

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When Chris Arnold and Ellen Yeomans handed a donation to the Golisano Children’s Hospital Wednesday,  it marked the 20th year of supporting child cancer treatment.  Paige’s Butterfly Run and the proceeds are also a way to remember their daughter who died of cancer.

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Kelli Maher has never thought she would able to do this while she’s alive.

On the Friday before Christmas at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, she met with a eight-year-old girl who’s survived because of her help.

Maher donated her kidney to Cecilia Brown, who was diagnosed with Stage III renal failure at the age of five.

“The power to save somebody’s life is incredible,” Maher said with tears in her eyes. “It’s the true meaning of Christmas right here.”

Scott Willis / WAER News

An attorney with Legal Services of Central New York says the Onondaga County Justice Center continues to place 16 and 17-year olds in solitary confinement three months after they filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the practice.  So, legal services staff attorney and case co-lead counsel Josh Cotter says they’ve requested an expedited order in district court to stop the justice center from isolating teens. 

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Onondaga County’s health commissioner and the American Cancer Society say a recent report issued by the U.S. Surgeon General confirms that more teens are using e-cigarettes and likely getting addicted to nicotine.  Bill Sherman is Vice President of Government Relations with the cancer society out of Albany.   He calls the report a watershed moment that indicates the potential harm of e-cigarettes.

Repealing Obamacare Would Have Big Financial Consequences for New York

Dec 9, 2016
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President elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with something else. While no one really knows what that means, one health care analyst with a prominent Albany think tank says New York could be billions of dollars in the hole as a result.

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Central New Yorkers can expect better emergency medical care after a several hundred-thousand-dollar investment by American Medical Response. The company acquired Rural Metro last year and is now expanding Syracuse emergency medical service facilities and upgrading equipment.  AMR's East Region CEO Tom McEntee  says EMS improvements are not only AMR’s efforts but also from the support of other health care providers.

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The spread of technology is about to start changing medical care more rapidly…and in the process, possibly save patients and the healthcare system money. One local insurer will be rolling out Tele-medicine for the families it covers this coming year.

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Officials at ACR Health in Syracuse are urging clients not to hesitate to enroll in a health care plan despite the uncertainty of the affordable care act under a President Donald Trump. 

"The Affordable Care Act is still law.  Until that changes, we are going forward," said Brian Van Benschoten, Insurance Programs Coordinator

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