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Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol to gain support in the state Senate to adopt a statewide single-payer health care system. 

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(Harrisburg) -- A state House committee has taken a step to extend an insurance program for Pennsylvania children who don't qualify for Medicaid. The House insurance committee on Monday unanimously approved the bill to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years. The program is personal for Republican Representative Rich Irvin of Huntingdon County, who is the legislation's prime sponsor. 

2018 Rates For ACA Plans May Climb Even Higher

May 23, 2017
WITF Radio

The more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians who buy insurance onhealthcare.gov can expect to pay more next year, as insurers submit their rate requests today. This is just the first step in the process. But in Virginia, insurance companies have asked to raise premiums about 30 percent for 2018 plans

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Governor Tom Wolf has already been vocal about his opposition to the American Health Care Act--the Affordable Care Act replacement written and passed by Congressional Republicans. 

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Debbie Friday's daughter is in Indiana County jail, waiting for a sentence after violating probation for crimes related to her heroin addiction. Friday - who works full-time as a nurse - has been left to take care of her four grandchildren. It's just another example of the ripple effects of the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s (NY-22) yes vote on the American Health Care Act came down to the last minute. The deciding factor was an issue she has been intimately involved in.

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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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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - New medication-assisted treatment programs are opening across central New York to keep up with the opioid epidemic. The demand for the treatment is so high that a group of clinics is coming together in an effort to get the programs off the ground. 

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

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For people who are on Medicaid, the government pays for their ride to the doctor, but not to pick up their prescription.

So, Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY) is providing vouchers for a free ride. It's the transportation arm of the Rural Health Network.

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