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Governor Cuomo invited local leaders and the press to a video conference at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg this afternoon. Over a television screen from Albany, with a bit of dramatic flair, Cuomo announced the St. Lawrence...
A map released today by the New York Times shows, by county, the percentage of people without insurance across the United States. It’s pretty amazing, and the map shows that the North Country, relatively, is doing pretty well: Unlike other...
The law firm that the Massena Memorial Hospital (MMH) Board of Managers hired to do a study on potentially privatizing the hospital has announced that there’s nothing legally preventing it from becoming a private not-for-profit organization....
On Tuesday of this week, members of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force and other local leaders headed down to Albany to urge the state to reconsider its plan to eliminate inpatient beds at the psychiatric facility. Earlier this week, St....
Yes, you read that right. A dress made almost entirely of huge collard green leaves. I couldn't resist when I saw this report. The dress was designed by Nathaniel Johnson, a Rochester based fashion designer. The greens were hand-picked at the...
Dec 20, 2013 — The fate of insurance coverage for millions rests on a form called the 834, the government code for electronic files. It's a number that would never have become a big deal had HealthCare.gov rolled out smoothly in the fall.
Dec 20, 2013 — The White House announced another rule change for people signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Just in time for the holiday rush, the Obama Administration said people whose policies have been cancelled will be allowed to buy so-called catastrophic coverage plans. The high-deductible, low-premium plans that cover the basics and not much more had previously been limited to people under the age of 30 who had demonstrable financial need.
Dec 20, 2013 — People whose health policies were canceled get hardship exemptions that excuse them from penalties. They'll also have the option to buy catastrophic coverage. These little-noticed plans cover only three primary care visits, specified preventive services and medical costs that exceed a high minimum.
Dec 20, 2013 — After the Obama administration announced that Americans who recently had their health insurance canceled can buy "catastrophic policies," the insurance industry said the change will cause more confusion.
Dec 20, 2013 — Credit card companies routinely flag or block suspicious charges as they happen. Yet under Medicare, a convoluted and poorly managed system for catching fraud allows costly scams for prescription drugs to slide by. The federal government has done little to stop the fraud, an investigation by ProPublica found.
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