medicare

nyhcampaign.org

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.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Republican Congressional Candidate John Katko Thursday tried to clear the air about any confusion or misconceptions about his support for senior citizens.  He held a campaign event where he said he hopes to implement policies that enhance the lives of senior citizens while improving independent living options. Katko plans to help elderly Central New Yorkers by reauthorizing the Older Americans Act.

thagroup.org

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.

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.