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Obamacare has provided health insurance for some New Yorkers, but there’s a new proposal that one State Assembly member, some doctors and others say would be a better way to deliver healthcare.  State Assembly Health Chair Richard Gottfried authored an act that would bring state-wide universal healthcare to New York.  He says under the program, people with employer funded health insurance would save even more. 

They would not pay a premium; they would not pay a deductible; they would not pay a co-pay.  If they go out of network , they would not pay out-of-network charges.  The system would be entirely funded by brad-based assessments based on ability to pay."   

Robert Ostrander is a doctor with a family practice and teaches at Upstate Medical University who supports the plan.  He thinks it would simplify the healthcare system and cut his overhead costs in half.  He says that taxpayers already pay enough…

"When you consider Medicaid, Medicare, Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, the State Exchange Subsidies and health insurance for government employees on every level, taxpayers are already purchasing a large percentage of health care coverage in an unnecessary complicated and inefficient manner."  

Ostrander adds that most physicians, employers and patients favor a single-payer healthcare system… even with some misgivings.

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

Nov 6, 2014
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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.

  Patients in New York hospitals and doctors' offices are seeing more nurses conducting more of the direct care.  A coalition of members of the profession is trying to improve both the training nurses undertake and the practice of their skills.  Registered Nurse Julie Carter is part of the 'Future of Nursing Action Coalition' working on improved, ongoing education.

Upstate University Hospital's website

Upstate University Hospital is hoping to save time and money for both its health care centers and its patients through technology. The institution has reached a milestone implementing Electronic Medical Records.  

Ad Campaign tells Central New Yorkers to Take Medication as Directed

Feb 19, 2014
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

It may not be long before you start seeing signs of a brand new health campaign being rolled out by Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.  The company seeks to shed light on an easily preventable medical issue that affects those who take medication.

UnitedHealthCare

Central New Yorkers who are on Medicare need to make any changes in their plans by the end of open enrollment, December 7th.  Officials with UnitedHealthCare Medical and Retirement in Syracuse want to make sure people aren't confused about enrolling through the Health Care Exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act.

The health insurance marketplace opened on October 1st, and Central New Yorker’s got a chance to learn about and register for New York State of Health, New York’s version of the health care exchange.

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Central New Yorkers will be among 2.4 million residents statewide who can start enrolling for some form of financial help as parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act kick in. Beginning October 1, 2013 individuals are able to enroll and secure financial benefits, which begin at the start of 2014.


Ron Pollack, with Families USA, says most will be eligible for financial help:
 

Upstate Unveils Emergency Department for Seniors

Jun 26, 2013
Christian Bersani, WAER News

The future of medical care for senior citizens in Central New York took a big step in the right direction  today as staff and patients  gathered to officially open the area’s first geriatric emergency department at Upstate’s Community Campus.  Emergency Medicine Director Jamie Ciaccio will help lead the new eight bed  unit called Gem Care that will offer geriatric-specific equipment and emergency care to those 65 and older.  With state of the art technology, Ciaccio says Gem Care’s staff members will work as a team to encourage quick and efficient discharges.