Health & Medicine

2015 Obamacare Open Enrollment
2:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Syracuse, New York State Gear Up for Second Round of ACA Enrollment

ACR Health has opened a special office to help uninsured find health coverage under Obamacare...and help others get or renew coverage plans.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Obama care goes into its second enrollment period beginning this Saturday, and one local organization aims to make that process faster and easier.

A-C-R Health opened a new office in Syracuse to assist residents with signing up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.

Assistant Director of Insurance Services Steve Wood, says about 50% of people who sign up, enroll online by themselves, but they do not complete the application correctly. He says that's where A-C-R Health can help. 

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Open Enrollment Look Beyond
6:16 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Learn as Much as You Can about Healthcare Plans During Open Enrollment

Policyholders are being urged to understand their plans during open enrollment season.

It is the time of year for individuals to update, renew and sign up for health benefits for next year. Also, the New York State Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans has released an infographic that encourages people to learn as much as they can about their plans. 

Todd Muscatello, Vice President of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, says Central New Yorkers should review their plans in order to make sure their providers still participate in their insurance network.

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3:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Magnarelli Center and nearby Field to Receive $350K in Upgrades

Assemblymember Bill Magnarelli speaks inside the Magnarelli Center Gymnasium with Mayor Stephanie Miner and others who use the center.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

The Magnarelli Community Center at McChesney Park is one of the busier recreation facilities in Syracuse that’s utilized by Youth and Seniors on the North Side.  Between the gym and an undeveloped green field next to Grant Middle School, residents will have an opportunity to play more basketball games during the cold weather and a soccer field down the road through a $350,000 grant.  Assemblymember Bill Magnarelli secured the funding and says his office received numerous calls for a soccer field.

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11:06 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Upstate University Hospital Designated One of Eight Ebola Treatment Centers in NY


Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse has been chosen as one of eight hospitals across New York State to be  an Ebola treatment center.   It’s part of Governor Cuomo’s Ebola preparedness plan which he announced Thursday. Cuomo says he and the people of New York should not be surprised if a case of the virus occurred within the state.

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5:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Provides Wealth of Options and Information

The Medicare Open Enrollment period began Tuesday and will run through early December.

It is a time of opportunity, and possibly confusion, for seniors and other Central New Yorkers on Medicare.  The annual election period got underway on Wednesday, October 15th. The enrollment period is an opportunity is to move to a Medicare Advantage plan that better fits your health and budget, and Universal American can offer plans and advice about selecting coverage.  Colleen Schmidt, Northeast President for Universal American, advises people in Syracuse to consider what health issues they might face.

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