Bret Jaspers

Managing Editor

Originally from Rochester, radio has brought Bret back to picturesque upstate New York. He's reported for NPRWYPR News and WYPR's The Signal. Past production work was with WNYC’s On the MediaThe Brian Lehrer Show and Soundcheck. His 2016 story on insurance coverage for addiction treatment won a First Place AP Association award for Enterprise Reporting, as did his collaboration with Crystal Sarakas on the show The Rush: Digging Into Addiction. He won a First Place AP Association award for Best Use of Sound among upstate NY stations for his 2015 story on hospitality students in the Southern Tier. That story also received a PRNDI award. 

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The American Medical Association recently endorsed pilot facilities for supervised injection of drugs. It's a response to the opioid epidemic. 

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The health care bill unveiled in the U.S. Senate today has some particular provisions that relate to New York's Medicaid program. 

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New York State is now accepting public comments on proposed health insurance rates. These are rates for plans sold on the state's exchange.

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With the House of Representatives passing a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, New York’s “Essential Plan” may be at risk. Bill Hammond, Health Policy Director at the think tank the Empire Center, joined WSKG's Bret Jaspers to explain.

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The company Crestwood has stopped its effort to expand natural gas storage under Seneca Lake. 

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When people in Tompkins County need help with withdrawal symptoms, they have to go elsewhere.

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The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Thursday. The count was 217 to 213. 

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Safe or supervised consumption sites are places where people addicted to drugs can use drugs under the supervision of medical staff - and without fear of arrest. They're illegal in New York, but Ithaca gained national attention last year when it proposed one.

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New York has a new plan to control the prices of prescription drugs under its Medicaid program. Medicaid is a government-funded health insurance plan for people who elderly, disabled, children or poor adults.

Here's the full audio for the WSKG News special Safe In Our Arms. Go here for individual segments.