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A repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act would have a drastic impact in Pennsylvania: hundreds of thousands of low-income residents could lose their Medicaid coverage. Repealing the ACA means also ending federal support for Medicaid expansion. 

New York State Continues Push For Breastfeeding

Nov 22, 2016

The New York State Department of Health continues to push for breastfeeding initiatives. On Monday, the department announced it will allocate more than $7 million toward promoting breast feeding.  

New Study: Electronic Cigarettes Linked To Gum Disease

Nov 21, 2016
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Researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health have linked electronic cigarette vapor with gum disease.  

Karen Shakeridge

(WXXI) David Hutchinson got health insurance for the first time in his life about a year ago. Now he’s worried he might lose it. 

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Healthy food advocates and nutritionists in the Southern Tier want to try a program where doctors prescribe fruits and vegetables to their patients who have low incomes.

Leaders from VINES, Lourdes Hospital and the Food and Health Network of South Central, among others, met Thursday to consider the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program.

Matthew Desmond

Eviction is not a condition of poverty; eviction causes poverty. That’s according to Matthew Desmond. He’s a sociologist at Harvard and he just wrote the book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” In it, Desmond says poor families are more susceptible to evictions. Evictions force kids out of schools, parents from jobs and families into worse neighborhoods.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

(WRVO) While New York would not be as greatly affected as other states if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, there could be some changes to the health exchange. Republicans, controlling the House, Senate and soon the presidency, are now positioned to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law. 

Ben Allen, WITF

A package of bills recently signed into law by Governor Wolf takes aim at the opioid crisis. They'll restrict how many opioids you can get, and add more checks for prescribers.One law limits opioid prescriptions for patients discharged from the emergency room. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) Regardless of politics, New York state will most likely continue with its New York State of Health official health insurance marketplace, according to Steve Wood, director of insurance programs at ACR Health in Syracuse. He said New York is committed to the program that grew out of the Affordable Care Act.

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Venessa Rodriguez of Endicott is happy with her health insurance. But one thing she’s not thrilled about is that it’s not always clear what she owes when she goes to the doctor.