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Last year, Glens Falls Hospital opened partnership talks with Albany Medical Center. The community's largest employer has experienced "significant strain" as admissions plummeted.
Last year, Glens Falls Hospital opened partnership talks with Albany Medical Center. The community's largest employer has experienced "significant strain" as admissions plummeted.

Will your North Country hospital survive health care reform?

Yesterday we reported that Lake Placid's emergency room will be the first in New York State to operate on a part-time basis. That experiment is part of a revolution in health care that's sweeping hospitals in the region.

From Ogdensburg to Saranac Lake to Glens Falls, hospitals are seeing far fewer patients and those who come through the door are staying for shorter periods of time. Experts say those changes are positive, meaning better care at a lower cost. But there's a risk that some hospitals won't survive the transition.  Go to full article
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS

NY health exchange insures thousands more

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state's new health exchange reports nearly 481,000 New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance while more than 241,000 of them have enrolled for specific coverage starting Jan. 1.

The Health Department says enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes 175,146 New Yorkers in the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers in the exchange and 66,376 in government-funded Medicaid.  Go to full article

Thousands get 2014 insurance from NY exchange

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With insurance through New York's health exchange starting next year, thousands of policyholders have to change coverage while even more uninsured are signing up for new policies.

Facing a late influx of applications, the exchange has pushed back enrollment deadlines twice, most recently to midnight Tuesday for policies effective Jan. 1.  Go to full article
 Bill Owens' political fortunes have been married to the Affordable Care Act since November 2009.  NCPR file photo
Bill Owens' political fortunes have been married to the Affordable Care Act since November 2009. NCPR file photo

NY21: Democrat Owens will campaign on health reform

The Affordable Healthcare Act is expected to be front and center in next year's congressional campaign. Republicans are hoping to turn dissatisfaction with the law into a wave of victories in 2014.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been pressuring President Barack Obama to improve the program sometimes known as "Obamacare," which was designed to make insurance more affordable to millions more Americans.

Some Democratic lawmakers have even been distancing themselves from the policy.

But North Country's congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, appears comfortable campaigning on his support for the Healthcare Act and says the program is working for people in his district.  Go to full article
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS
Home page of the NY health plan marketplace. Photo: NYS

New Yorkers picking health plans face deadline

NEW YORK (AP) New Yorkers whose health insurance policies were cancelled because of federal health care reform are facing a deadline to pick a replacement plan if they want to avoid a lapse in coverage on Jan. 1.

Monday is the last day people can purchase a plan through New York's new online insurance marketplace if they want coverage to be in effect on New Year's Day.  Go to full article
US District Court in Brokklyn. Photo: <a href="http://www.panoramio.com/photo/72769135">Adam Elmquist</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
US District Court in Brokklyn. Photo: Adam Elmquist, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Catholic groups win NY contraceptive ruling

NEW YORK (AP) A Brooklyn judge has granted a permanent federal injunction that exempts four organizations with ties to the Catholic Church from being required to provide contraceptive care to its employees through a third party.

The Daily News says the ruling released Monday by Judge Brian Cogan in Federal District Court in Brooklyn affects more than 25,000 employees at two high schools, six hospitals, three nursing homes and several nonprofits.  Go to full article

Vermont health care group says most small biz covered

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The group implementing the new health insurance system in Vermont says 75 percent of small business employees in the state are enrolled in a Vermont Health Connect plan for next year.

The Department of Vermont Health Access says the figure includes Vermont small business employees and their dependents affected by federally-mandated health care reforms come.  Go to full article

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Rep. Bill Owens was a key vote for Obamacare and calls efforts to dismantle the law "irresponsible." NCPR file photo
Rep. Bill Owens was a key vote for Obamacare and calls efforts to dismantle the law "irresponsible." NCPR file photo

Owens a key vote for Obamacare, still supports it

Congressman Bill Owens, the Democrat from Plattsburgh, was elected in a special election in 2009, riding the wave of Democratic momentum sparked by Barack Obama's election a year earlier.

Owens was one of the key votes helping to push the Affordable Care Act through Congress.

And while he's pushed for major changes to the law, Owens says he still thinks "Obamacare" is a good starting place for needed reforms to America's healthcare system.  Go to full article
Democrat Bill Owens (at left) and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Brian Mann
Democrat Bill Owens (at left) and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Brian Mann

NY21 Debate: Owens, Doheny, Hassig spar over healthcare

Tuesday night's congressional debate in Queensbury ranged over a wide range of topics, but the issue that ignited the candidates and the crowd was health care. Republican Matt Doheny argued for repealing the Affordable Care Act and warned that the Democratic reform measure was "anti-constitutional."

That sparked a fierce reaction from Democrat Bill Owens, Green Party Candidate Donald Hassig and from the audience at Queensbury High School.  Go to full article

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