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The annual World AIDS Day Service was observed at LeMoyne College on Thursday morning.  The “Service of Remembrance” was filled with reflective readings, stirring music and handmade quilts bearing the names of loved ones.

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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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It’s time to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act…and a Syracuse health agency is offering some help and clearing up some confusion.  A-C-R Health has 15 health navigators that help with open enrollment for people renewing a plan or signing on.  Director of Insurance Programs Steve Wood encourages people to come in to clear up income guidelines and potential tax penalties. 

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About two dozen health services providers and other Syracuse-area stakeholders gathered Wednesday to discuss strategies to make hepatitis C screening and care more of a priority in New York State.  About 200,000 New Yorkers are living with chronic hepatitis C, and half of those infected are unaware of their status. Policy analyst at the grassroots group VOCAL-NY Clifton Garmon says the state needs to know hepatitis Cis a problem.

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One display at the New York State Fair Wednesday was trying to help people save lives in the face of the national heroin and opiate overdose epidemic.  A-C-R Health employees know all too well the impacts of the addiction.

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  Two of the community’s longest-serving leaders in the human services field are retiring Thursday.   Michael Crinnin has been executive director of ACR Health, formerly Aids Community Resources, for more than 26 years.  Before that, he served as founding executive director of Arise for 10 years starting in 1979.  Meanwhile, Tom McKeown has been executive director of Arise since 2002.  Both men have spent their careers in human services, and both have seen significant, perhaps monumental changes concerning those with disabilities and HIV/AIDs during their long careers.

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  Qualifying Central New Yorkers will be able to sign up for new low-cost health insurance starting Nov. 1.

The Essential Plan is an extension of the Affordable Care Act and will cover people who have enrolled starting January first. Any working person who makes under $24,000 qualifies. With the plan, people would receive free insurance from one of the major carriers that covers all essential health benefits.

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  A local healthcare professional strongly supports a new plan to lower HIV and AIDS within the state. The new blueprint comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo and  aims to lower infections from 3000 a year to 750 a year and to eventually end new AIDS cases by 2020.

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  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. 

  ACR Health’s second annual Red Carpet Extravaganza will have song, dance and drag performances, while also educating the community about HIV and AIDS.  Intervention specialist Daniel Reed says statistics show which people are more likely to contract the disease. 

In 2010, young gay bisexual men accounted for 72 percent of the new HIV infections among all persons aged 13 to 24…even though they represent just two percent of the U.S. population.  Reed says the statistics should inspire the community to get involved in finding solutions. 

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