Medicaid en Final enrollment day was busiest for state's health care exchange <p>March 31 was the busiest day for New York's new health insurance marketplace. It was also the final day of the six month open enrollment period.</p><p>Almost 470,000 people visited the site and 39,000 signed up on that last day, according to the state's exchange, to bring the total to 926,000 enrolled.</p><p>Those newly covered signed up for a combination of the expanded federal Medicaid program, Child Health Plus, or a private provider.</p><p>The exchange is crediting its early success in enrollment with a functioning website, something the federal exchange was plagued with.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:20:50 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54084 at Loss of Medicaid transport funding threatens some county public transit <p></p><p>It’s a drizzly day in Cortland. Joyce Dowd is leaning against the bus stop shelter in front of the courthouse waiting for the number 5.</p><p>Today’s like every day – Dowd catches the 2:30 bus to head about 15 miles down the road. &nbsp;</p><p>"My daughter lives at the trailer park there," says Dowd. "But I go to Cincinnatus because she works at the dollar store and I go out there and see her a lot.”</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:15:12 +0000 Monica Sandreczki 53684 at Loss of Medicaid transport funding threatens some county public transit Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is only one week away <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:39:36 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53156 at Oswego County Legislature votes to oppose Cuomo's tax freeze plan <p></p><p>The Oswego County Legislature is joining several other counties across New York to oppose Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed property tax freeze plan. They voted to support another option proposed by the New York State Association of Counties, to eliminate the cost of state funded mandates instead. The final vote was 16 to 8, with 1 absentee.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:22:03 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52700 at Oswego County Legislature votes to oppose Cuomo's tax freeze plan Governor proposes offering low-cost 'basic health care plan" <p></p><p>People who are finding it difficult to pay for a health insurance policy offered through New York sate’s health care exchanges, may find a more affordable plan, if a proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget goes through.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:08:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52471 at Cuomo begins new push for tax freeze proposal, counties have alternative plan <p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:20:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52025 at Dr. Sharon Brangman on The Campbell Conversations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">The American population is rapidly aging, and this has enormous implications for our health care system.&nbsp; Among other challenges, there are fewer workers contributing to Medicare and Medicaid, relative to the population using those programs.&nbsp; On this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Geriatric specialist Dr. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Grant Reeher 51385 at Dr. Sharon Brangman on The Campbell Conversations Federal funding for ambulance services at risk <p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:45:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Gino Geruntino 48542 at Study finds New York analyzing tax dollar usage well <p>New York has been labeled a "leading" state for effective use of cost-benefit analysis in a new study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative. That means New York is doing a better job of making sure tax dollars are spent well, than other states.</p><p>Cost benefit analysis is determining the return on an investment. In this case&nbsp; it's determining how much the taxpayer benefits from each public dollar spent.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:45:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 41817 at Study finds New York analyzing tax dollar usage well How New Yorkers will fare under the Affordable Care Act <p></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:02:59 +0000 Catherine Loper 40966 at AIDS agency to offer services for patients with other chronic diseases <p>The agency that has helped victims of HIV/AIDS for the past 30 years in central New York will soon be taking on a new responsibility. AIDS Community Resources will be a foot soldier in a revamped Medicaid system in New York state.<br><br>In the next month or so, ARC will begin offering case management services for Medicaid eligible individuals who don't necessarily have AIDS, but who have any chronic health issue.<br><br>It'll mean a name change for AIDS Community Resources, but more importantly, Executive Director Michael Crinnen says it will allow the agency do what it does best -- coordinate care for sufferers of a chronic disease, and hopefully keeping them out of the emergency room. Thu, 30 May 2013 09:25:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38643 at Privatizing aged care is controversial, as counties feel the financial pinch <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Civil Service Employees Association, or <a href="">CSEA,</a> is currently involved in several law suits across New York state with counties, including Onondaga County, that are trying to get out of the business of running nursing homes. Now Ontario County may now face legal action from the union over its decision to put its county-run <a href=";ID=335564&amp;loc=14424&amp;lat=42.8343683&amp;lng=-77.3094674&amp;AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1">nursing home</a> on the market. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:02:46 +0000 Kate O'Connell 36714 at Despite agreement, budget talks go on <p>Even though state lawmakers announced a budget agreement Wednesday, they spent the day Thursday trying to pin down details and print the bills in time to be through over the weekend. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:52:19 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35137 at Deaths from Alzheimer's disease increasing in the region <p>More and more people across the country are dying from Alzheimer's disease -- and central New York is not immune to the trend. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:13:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34957 at Area state senator wants Medicaid reform <p>No state spends more on Medicaid than New York, earning it the nickname of the Cadillac of Medicaid programs. But that may soon end. One of the reasons the state spends $54 billion a years on the federal health care program for the poor, are 31 optional services that the state can sign on for -- ranging from transportation, to prescription drugs, to private nurses. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:14:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34802 at Disabled lobby for funding restoration <p>One of the areas of disagreement in the state budget centers on funding for services for New York’s developmentally disabled people.&nbsp; Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:11:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34681 at Cuomo, lawmakers meet on budget <p>With just three weeks and one day to go before a state budget deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders met to assess how far they have to go to reach a deal. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:44:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34005 at Cuomo to make budget changes with 30-day amendments <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will make several changes to his budget using 30 day amendments, including imposing a teacher evaluation plan on New York City, and cutting the cost of hunting licenses. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33676 at Some hospitals worry as Affordable Care Act becomes reality <p>Some of the larger hospitals in New York state are worried about one aspect of the Affordable Care Act: academic medical centers are slated to lose millions of dollars in a particular kind of Medicaid payment over the next few years.</p><p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:19:52 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31110 at New Medicaid program aims to cut costs, improve care <p>New York state's attack on ballooning Medicaid costs has started with a program that offers coordinated care for certain Medicaid patients.&nbsp; State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson says the program called Health Homes, is aimed at the people who have the most complex Medicaid charts. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:59:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 29511 at State says Medicaid waiver will "transform" New York's health care <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo&rsquo;s aides announced Monday they are asking the federal government for a Medicaid waiver that they say will help make the state a &ldquo;national model&rdquo; for health care.<br /><br /> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:07:38 +0000 Karen DeWitt 23833 at