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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Transgender New Yorkers should now have a greater chance of getting medical services covered by insurance. New York State has issued a letter that says insurance companies cannot deny a claim because a consumer identifies as a gender not typically associated with a service.

Study Looks At Why Ear Infection Rates Are Dropping

Aug 12, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A new study in Pediatrics, led by a Rochester General Hospital physician, explores reasons why ear infections rates have been dropping. 

State lawmakers and volunteer firefighters are putting pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would provide better coverage for volunteers who develop cancer because of the job they do.

Brian McQueen has been a longtime volunteer with the Whitesboro Fire Department. When he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma several years ago, he was forced to take on the cost of much of the treatment himself. He doesn’t want any other volunteers to have to face that.

New York state stands to lose nearly $1 billion if President Donald Trump follows through with his threat to “let Obamacare fail” and cut key health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump has the power to end the subsidies, known as cost-sharing reductions, and he’s said he’ll withhold the payments as a way to pressure the Senate to find a way to repeal and replace the ACA.

The subsidies help pay for premiums for lower-income Americans.

The latest numbers of new HIV/AIDS infections in New York State show a dramatic reduction in one particular population. AIDS activists say it’s proof the Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s blueprint to end AIDS in New York by 2020 is off to a good start. 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - At an event Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo defined the conflict over changing the health care laws in Washington as a class struggle, saying it’s all about the rich versus the rest. 

Katko Says Republicans 'Fumbled' Healthcare Reform

Jul 19, 2017
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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) has some harsh words for his fellow Republicans about how they are handling health care reform. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will soon be training doctors who want to focus on treating victims of child abuse and neglect. 

ACR Health Ramps Up HIV Testing

May 31, 2017
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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - It’s been two years since the state announced a goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2020. Achieving that goal is on the horizon, according to one local health agency. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - How the Republican health care bill could play out would look different from state to state. Some states would pursue waivers, meaning they wouldn’t need to cover certain health services. Others, like New York, are not expected to pursue the option to drop coverage programs – but still, the proposed federal budget cuts may force some difficult decisions.

How The GOP Health Care Bill Could Unfold In New York

May 8, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Last week, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act law, the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. This came after several changes to the AHCA, including to the policy on coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. 

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The Medical Society of New York State has decided to ask doctors for their opinions on physician assisted dying. he medical society, which has about 30,000 members made up of physicians and medical students, has maintained its position of opposing physician assisted dying since 1992. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has updated coverage guidelines for infertility treatment that could be especially significant for single women and same sex couples. A letter sent to insurance companies clarifies that all patients – regardless of sexual orientation, marital status or gender identity - are entitled to infertility treatment coverage.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s considering suing the federal government over an amendment to the health care act proposed by two New York congressmen, saying it may violate state sovereignty. 

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A provision to shift Medicaid health care costs in New York from counties to the state as part of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act by Congress is meeting with a cool reception from state leaders.

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ITHACA (WRVO) - A hostile crowd in Ithaca lambasted Finger Lakes Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) this weekend over his support for legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. The Republican said his party’s proposal was just the first step in a long process to reform the country’s healthcare system, but the participants in Saturday’s town hall said congress is heading in the wrong direction.

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A youth mental health task force has identified some of the largest gaps in mental health services in central New York. The lawmakers who launched the study say they will now look for ways to fill those gaps. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - One of the biggest proposed changes in the ACA repeal bill is about Medicaid. Medicaid now functions on a per person basis. If you qualify, you get it. But in the bill released earlier this week, lawmakers have proposed changing over to a block grant program. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The Republican healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will likely change significantly before it comes to the House for a vote, according to Rep. John Katko. The central New York Republican said he has concerns with the legislation, which he has shared with House leadership. 

NYS Health Exchange Sees Busy Final Days Of Sign-Ups

Feb 3, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The window to sign up for health insurance through the New York state Marketplace has come to a close. Even though there are lots of questions about what may happen to the current health care system - the marketplace was busier than ever. 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a crowd of cheering Planned Parenthood advocates that he’s proposing an amendment to put protections from the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into the state’s constitution.  

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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. 

In NYS, More Medicaid Coverage for Transgender Services

Dec 9, 2016

Increased  coverage for transgender medical care and services are taking effect for Medicaid plans in New York. The Department of Health has established that young people, under the age of 18, will now receive coverage for hormone therapy deemed medically necessary, according to the notice filed in the NYS Register.

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(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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(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. 

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Two-thirds of New Yorkers who have been diagnosed with HIV now have undetectable levels of the virus, according to the state health department. 

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The north side of Binghamton is a food desert. There hasn’t been a grocery store there in 20 years. Both residents and city officials want a grocery store in the area, but it’s a tough sell to companies. 

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(WRVO) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state, promoting a new law that provides free breast cancer screenings. Cuomo made a stop in Syracuse last week with his partner Sandra Lee who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Lee is now cancer free.

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(WRVO) Changes in the field of developmental disabilities are coming fast and furious, and they are affecting some mainstay programs offered by local agencies.

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Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is seeking an increase in funding for addiction prevention programs in the upcoming New York state budget. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Lupardo focuses on two Binghamton programs that she says have worked in the past. The Student Assistance Program, or SAP, is a school-based program from Lourdes Hospital that puts certified prevention counselors into schools.  

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