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(WXXI) Senator Kirstin Gillibrand says she will introduce a measure to stop the rollback of women’s health care. The New York Democrat plans to file an amendment to the federal budget that would take a stand against rolling back any attempt to take away benefits realized under the Affordable Care Act for women. 

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Broome County Executive Jason Garnar today officially called the area’s opioid epidemic a “public health emergency.” 

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(Harrisburg) -- While Republicans in Washington work out a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Pennsylvania's top insurance regulator is concerned the uncertainty about the future will lead to insurance companies fleeing the individual market next year. 

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The number of New Yorkers signing up for health insurance through the state health exchange continues to climb. In recent weeks nearly 3.5 million people enrolled in plans. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Problem gamblers in New York can now receive in-patient care at six state-run addiction treatment centers. 

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Susan Rahn's doctors first discovered cancer in her back a few years ago. They traced its to her breast, and she's now at Stage 4 - a terminal diagnosis. Rahn changes her medication every three months to fight the pain.

"The pain is going to at some point get substantially worse as the cancer progresses," Rahn said. "Because it's eventually going to get into a vital organs: my lungs or my liver or my brain."

Pennsylvania is making more treatment available for people dealing with addiction to heroin or other opioids. So-called Centers of Excellence have started to open, and more are expected to start operating in January. The centers are located at clinics that are already running in the midstate - from TW Ponessa in Lancaster to Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Chambersburg. 

(WRVO) A new book from a central New York author details the legacy of a group called the the Oswego County Pioneers, the first organized volunteer search and rescue team created in the state. 

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In Betsy Irish’s room, it’s all about the music. There is a big boom box in the corner, framed CD jackets and a special box just for Christmas music. She’s hanging out with her dad, David Irish, at her group house in a suburb of Rochester, N.Y. They’re doing one of their usual activities — reading the dictionary. 

(WXXI) The death this week of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, just one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, has some wondering if you can die of a broken heart. Eugene Storozyski, M.D., a cardiologist at UR Medicine, says the short answer is "yes."

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