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Chris Bolt

A number of Central New York employers provide incentives, programs and facilities so their employees can be healthier. 

Eight were recognized by the American Heart Association with their Platinum-level Award for being a “Fit-Friendly Worksite.”

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A coalition of agencies trying to curb drug abuse focuses tonight on prescription drugs…and the connection they can have to heroin use.  The Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition screens the documentary The Hungry Heart about a rural Vermont doctor treating a number of people addicted to prescription pain and other medications.  

  Rachel Tarr runs prevention programs at Contact Community Services.  She hopes the story can lead to some action locally.

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  The second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act has ended with hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers getting health coverage for the first time. In the state, there are currently 2.1 million people enrolled in health coverage through the state’s marketplace. Of that number, 553,000 who had not enrolled in coverage through the marketplace in 2014, got insured during this open enrollment period which ended February 15th.

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Healthcare representatives and concerned members of the Syracuse and Onondaga County community joined a webcast today from New York City called State of HIV in Black America… the Intersection of Health, Education and Community in the Fight to END Aids.  Sometimes adults who grew up around substance abuse often become drug users themselves. That’s according to V-P of Aids United, Dr. Vignetta Charles.  She explains that makes getting a place to live and staying clean difficult.

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  Central New Yorkers still looking for way to get health insurance through ObamaCare or Medicare might find some help at Kinney Drug Stores today and tomorrow.  Health Navigators will assist people through the New York State of Health exchange.

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Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse has been accredited as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare in Buffalo.  It’s only one of two hospitals state-wide to receive the status.  Upstate has expanded its Stroke care with medical technology that allows for real-time brain images and a specialized suite used by neurosurgeons for more severe cases. Director Dr. Julius Jean Latorre says that strokes are complex; however, his team is ready.

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  2015 is greeting Central New Yorkers with a renewed threat of the flu virus.  Statewide the number of cases almost doubled in the past week, jumping 90 percent.  Onondaga County's Health Department knows how dangerous the disease can be with two deaths just before the New Year.  

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  Two elderly Onondaga County Residents have died and many others are hospitalized due to an outbreak of the flu.  County health officials say state lab tests confirm 88 cases, or twice as many as this time last year.  But that number is likely only a fraction of actual illness in the community.  The primary virus is Influenza "A" H3N2, which is different than the vaccine and the reason for the spike in illness.   Still, Health Commissioner Doctor Indu Gupta says residents should continue to get inoculated, especially the very old and very young.

  Central New Yorkers trying to sign up for medical insurance through the state's health exchange have until Friday night to enroll in order to have that coverage take effect January 1st.  New York Health Benefit Exchange Director Donna Frescatore  says an original deadline was pushed back.

This week phones rang at record pace as people tried to get answers about the various insurance plans or needed help completing applications.  

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