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Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors

Essex County faces tough budget choices

Essex County now faces a budget deficit next year that could top 9 million dollars. That's ten percent of the county's budget that still needs to be paid for.

The soaring costs are being blamed on scheduled pay increases for county workers, rising utility coasts, and the cost of operating the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown.

The latest blow came this week, when the Board of Supervisors announced that health insurance costs could rise by as much as 46%.

Brian Mann spoke about the budget crunch with Randy Douglas. He's town supervisor in Jay and serves as county chair.  Go to full article
Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) (File photo)
Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) (File photo)

Murphy, Owens vote Yes on healthcare; Arcuri votes No

There were competing health care rallies in Plattsburgh over the weekend, aimed at swaying Democratic congressman Bill Owens. But in the end Owens and Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy voted in favor of the fiercely debated overhaul plan approved last night. As Brian Mann reports, their decision to support President Obama's health care bill is already drawing praise and criticism.  Go to full article

In Adirondacks, some communities struggle to find health insurance

Health insurance advocates in the northern Adirondacks say the number of people living without medical coverage is holding steady at around 12%. The Tri-Lakes Uninsured Task Force has been working for seven years to connect more locals with low-cost insurance plans and government programs. But as Brian Mann reports, a new study found hotspots in the region where far more families lack basic coverage.  Go to full article

Health care probe leads to upstate insurer

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is threatening to sue an upstate health-care company that allegedly inflated patient fees. When seeing out-of-network doctors, according to the AG's office, a capitol district insurer charged patients more for treatment but paid physicians much less for their services. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Ann Morgan announces effort to boost insurance rates in Tri-Lakes (Photo provided)
Ann Morgan announces effort to boost insurance rates in Tri-Lakes (Photo provided)

More than one in ten adults in Tri-Lakes region lacks health insurance

In the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks, one in ten adults lives without health insurance. That's actually better than the national average. Beginning today in Keene Valley, a regional task-force of businesses and health care providers will try to register more people for state programs like Family Health Plus.
Brian Mann spoke about the project with Ann Morgan, head of the Tri-Lakes Uninsured Task Force.

A schedule of insurance workshops:

* Monday, April 28th from 4-7 p.m., Keene Central Schools, Cafeteria

* Tuesday, April 29th, 4-7 p.m., Tupper Lake Central Schools, LP Quinn Cafeteria

* Wednesday, April 30th, 4-7 p.m., Lake Placid Central Schools, Elementary School Cafeteria

* Thursday, May 1st, 4-7 p.m., Saranac Lake Central Schools, Petrova School Cafeteria

* Tuesday, May 6th, 4-7 p.m., Wilmington Health Center

* Thursday, May 8th, 5-7 p.m., Bloomingdale School Cafeteria  Go to full article

Ranks of uninsured grow at alarming rate

A recent survey by the St Lawrence County Health Initiative found more than 33% of residents don't have any health insurance. State and federal studies indicate only 10% are uninsured. The discrepancy has a lot to do with those polled, according to Ruth Fishbeck. She's Executive Director of the advocacy group. She says federal and state studies include people of all ages, from the cradle to the grave, and she worries that the government presents a skewed view of health coverage. Fishbeck tells Jonathan Brown that health professionals needed to know how many people have coverage, and how reliable it is. That drove the Health Initiative to draft their survey. More than 1500 people between 19 and 64 responded.  Go to full article

Hooking up the uninsured

In the Adirondacks, a coalition of health care providers, insurance companies, businesses and government agencies is working to help more locals find insurance coverage. Over the last five years, they've cut the number of uninsured in the Tri-Lakes area by 25%. But as Brian Mann reports, leaders of the effort say the goal is universal coverage.

NOTE: For more information about healthcare options in the Tri-Lakes area, call 518-891-2725.  Go to full article

Hospital group promotes universal healthcare

The influential United Hospital Fund has come up with a plan it says could provide 98% of New Yorkers with health insurance coverage. Part of the plan includes mandatory health coverage for every state resident. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Assembly Considers Health Care Provider's Proposed Changes

The state's highest court next week will hear a case, which, if successful, could blow a more than $2 billion dollar hole in New York's health care budget. A consumer group is suing over the 2002 conversion of the state's largest Blue Cross-Blue Shield health insurance provider into a for-profit company, saying it was unconstitutional and harmful to the public. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Medicaid Recipients Uncertain; Pataki Still Holds Veto Power

These are tense weeks for Medicaid recipients. Last week, the legislature restored Governor Pataki's proposed Medicaid cuts. But Pataki still has line-item veto power to make irreversible cuts to the budget. And many advocates fear he'll use it  Go to full article

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