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Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the sale outside the Essex County Courthouse. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the sale outside the Essex County Courthouse. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Deepening budget woes force local governments into "moral" dilemmas

Half a decade after the Great Recession began, many local governments around the US and here in the North Country are still hurting. Core services and programs are being scaled back, cut or privatized. Last month alone, another 9,000 public sector workers were laid off nationwide.

While the private sector economy is creaking back to life, government experts say they sources of revenue that fund local programs haven't revived. As Brian Mann reports, that's sparked a new debate over what government should look like--not at the Federal level, but at the grassroots.  Go to full article
Tedra and Ted Cobb
Tedra and Ted Cobb

Swimming a mile for hospice

Dozens of swimmers will gather in Hannawa Falls for the Third Annual "Swim a Mile for Hospice" event on Saturday. It's a non-competitive mile long swim to benefit the work hospice does in the St. Lawrence Valley. Last summer, swimmers young and old took to the water at Postwood Park Beach.

Todd Moe caught up with members of Team Cobb--a father-daughter swim team, Ted and Tedra Cobb-- before a practice swim in the pool at St. Lawrence University. Tedra's mother was a hospice patient a few years ago, and Tedra will be back in the water on Saturday.  Go to full article

Most NY leaders hail health care ruling

New York's politicians and major health care providers are applauding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law. Meanwhile, an Albany Law School expert says Chief Justice John Roberts may have been concerned about his legacy, and that was a factor in his decision. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Uihlein nursing home in Lake Placid will lose 60 beds (Photos: Mark Kurtz, for NCPR)
Uihlein nursing home in Lake Placid will lose 60 beds (Photos: Mark Kurtz, for NCPR)

Adirondack Health restructures, eliminates 60 nursing home beds in Lake Placid

A new plan unveiled yestoday in the Adirondacks would eliminate 60 nursing home beds in Lake Placid, most of which are used by low-income elderly residents who rely on Medicaid. The proposal would also mean the closure of the village hospital that's been in operation since the 1950s.

Adirondack Health, based in Saranac Lake, says most hospital services will still be provided on an expanded medical campus near the Uihlein nursing home. The company also hopes to develop a new network of apartments and social services that could mean fewer elderly residents needing nursing home care.  Go to full article

Reproductive rights advocates look to Cuomo to help pass bill

Pro-choice advocates promoting the women's reproductive health act say they are counting on Governor Andrew Cuomo to help the bill become law this year. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issues executive order for health care exchanges

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order to create a state health care exchange after the legislature failed to do so. The exchange is required by the new federal health care law. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has details.  Go to full article

Poll: NY Voters' opinions on federal healthcare act very mixed

A new poll finds New Yorkers have mixed feelings about President Obama's health care reform act, with a plurality saying they'd like to see the Supreme Court declare parts of the law unconstitutional.  Go to full article
There’s 2.9 million reasons why it should be in the budget. That’s the number of New Yorkers who lack health insurance.

Skelos: GOP majority reluctant to approve health care exchanges

As part of the federal health care act backed by President Obama, approved by Congress and before the U.S. Supreme Court next week, states are required to set up health insurance "exchanges." This creates the health care plans that will be available to the uninsured, who will be required to purchase them when the act is fully implemented.

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to set up New York's exchange as part of the state budget agreement. But Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says there's too much uncertainty to create now. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Benjamin Lawsky, NYS Superintendent of Financial Services
Benjamin Lawsky, NYS Superintendent of Financial Services

Cuomo administration cracks down on out-of-network healthcare bills

The Cuomo Administration is cracking down on insurance companies and health care providers who stick patients with unexpected out of network service bills. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Bishop Terry LaValley. Source: Diocese of Odgensburg
Bishop Terry LaValley. Source: Diocese of Odgensburg

As social issues shape 2012 campaign, North Country bishop speaks out

After the long recession, most pundits expected the 2012 political campaign to revolve around economic issues.

But politicians on the right and left have instead been reviving some surprising social questions, ranging from contraception to prenatal testing to the role of religion in politics and public life.

In an interview with Newsweek magazine, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, argued that opposition to insurance coverage for those services amounts to "an attack on women."

"Many of us are outraged, really outraged," Sen. Gillibrand told the magazine. "In the year 2012, we should not be debating access to birth control. No boss should be making a decision about what health care their employees should be eligible to take."

Polls show that the vast majority of American families use contraception and think contraception should be widely available. Surveys also suggest that a smaller majority of Americans think religious groups should provide full insurance benefits to employees.

But Bishop Terry Lavalley, who heads the Diocese of Ogdensburg, sees this very differently.

He argues that Federal changes to healthcare laws proposed by the Obama administration threaten the religious freedom of groups like the Roman Catholic Church.

Bishop LaValley met recently with Brian Mann to talk about the Church's prominent role in this year's political campaign and about the difficulties of teaching Catholic doctrine in an age when even many Roman Catholics are making very different moral choices.  Go to full article

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