Affordable Care Act

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The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain in Washington, and there are several scenarios under consideration. The latest possible changes could impact New York’s relatively healthy health care system.

The good news is that the Affordable Care Act in New York is doing quite well, according to state officials.  The health insurance exchanges are functioning, with 17 carriers offering plans in 2017. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, at a recent rally to preserve the ACA, said New York has built “one of the best health care exchanges in the country”.

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The collapse of the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has officials at one Central New York agency breathing a sigh of relief…for now.  Director of Insurance Programs at ACR Health Steve Wood says while the future is still uncertain, ACR Health will continue to provide insurance to anyone in need.

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New York’s top elected Democrats rallied against the Republican Congress’s proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop it.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, speaking before a crowd of unionized health care workers at Mount Sinai hospital, says if the plans to repeal and replace Obamacare in the GOP led Senate and House do become law, he will sue on behalf of New Yorkers.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leader of the opposition in the legislature, Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan, both agree that a new provision in the federal health care act repeal will harm the state and its taxpayers. Cuomo calls it a “targeted war on New York”.

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About 400 people showed up at a Town Hall on Preserving Democracy to share opinions and ask questions of Congress Member John Katko – who wasn’t there. 

People voiced concerns about health care and not wanting a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, about funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning services, about climate change and other environmental concerns, about education, and about honesty of the President.

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Governor Cuomo’s health department is analyzing the plan in the Republican Congress to overhaul Obama care, and finds it carries a heavy price tag for New York.

Congressmember John Katko hosted a roundtable discussion with health care providers Monday to find out the potential pros and cons of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  But Katko doesn’t appear ready to support any plan just yet.

Katko says all the major hospitals in the 24th District were represented at today’s meeting at Saint Joseph’s hospital. He says the biggest concerns revolved around potential cuts to Medicaid and what it might mean for hospital budgets… and patients.

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  Several Central New York health, labor and civic groups joined Mayor Stephanie Miner Thursday to warn against a huge interruption of health care.  They want to make sure before congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, there’s a replacement in place.  A big part of their message is that many things are impacted if people lose insurance.  Miner highlights some of the concerns she’s heard.

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Upwards of 35,000 people in the area are getting medical care from the Syracuse Community Health Center. The organization is celebrating its role and its future at an event this weekend.

How can the work of doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses, therapists other health providers be helped out by music?

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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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