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Disability Education Pushed by Feds, Paid for by Locals

According to a state report issued this week, twelve percent of the students in New York's public schools are enrolled in special education programs. Children living with disabilities are expensive to educate. Their services often cost twice or even three times as much as a child in general education programs. Advocates here in the North Country say the pay-offs are worth it. Many children who might have been unproductive and unemployed are now learning important life and job skills. Some are able to go on to college. But even supporters of disability education programs agree that Federal support for local school districts is lagging behind. A new set of Federal mandates is set to go into effect this year. As Brian Mann reports, local taxpayers are likely to pick up the tab.  Go to full article

NY Hospitals Join Voluntary Safety Program

A number of hospitals in New York State have joined a nationwide voluntary effort aimed at reducing mistakes that lead to patient deaths. But nurses say the goals can't be achieved unless the issue of the undertstaffing of nurses at hospitals is addressed. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki to Get Budget Help From Bush Administration

Governor Pataki wants the legislature to spend less money on health care in their budget, and now the governor says he has an incentive to get lawmakers to comply. Pataki says he's obtained new federal funds that will be distributed only if the legislature agrees to his Medicaid reform plans. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Health Commissioner Defends Pataki's Budget

Governor Pataki's Health Commissioner, Antonia Novello, was grilled by state legislators over some of the Governor's proposed budget cuts to the state's Medicaid program. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

AMC Considers Take-over of Mercy Healthcare Center

The Adirondack Medical Center, based in Saranac Lake, is considering a partnership or a complete take-over that would keep Mercy Healthcare Center open.  Go to full article

Hospitals Urge Lawmakers to Reject Governor's Budget Plans

The head of a New York hospital association predicts that up to 30 hospitals around the state could close if Governor Pataki's budget proposal were to become law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Critics Ask Health Dept for Medical Error Tracking System

A coalition of medical consumer groups says New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello has failed to live up to a promise to cut medical errors in New York in half in five years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Officials Urge NY Pharmacies to Post Drug Prices

After consumer groups complained that uninsured New Yorkers are paying too much for their prescription drugs at some pharmacies in the state, the agency that regulates pharmacists says it's moving toward helping the uninsured shop smarter. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Group Calls for Clear Hospital Charity Policies

Citizen Action, a consumer group, says hospitals in New York aren't doing enough to help uninsured patients access charity care funds that are provided to hospitals by state taxpayers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislators Promise to Restore Proposed Healthcare Cuts

The state's legislative leaders promised hospitals they'd get restorations of Governor Pataki's budget cuts, as the rhetoric in the budget battle heated up. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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