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Advocates: NY Will Benefit From Affordable Care Act


Uninsured Americans face major decisions on health coverage, and the deadline is fast approaching.
The good news for New Yorkers is, they will have access to plenty of personalized help in making their Affordable Care Act choices.  Susan Dooha with the Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York says the Act is opening the door for up to a million New Yorkers to gain access to health coverage, and they won’t have to go it alone.

Congressional Republicans, who have continually voted in vain to repeal what they call Obamacare, say they will kill funding for major programs unless the president removes money for the Affordable Care Act. Dooha says that move would deprive many New Yorkers of substantial savings.

Dooha notes there are about one million people across New York State who don’t have health coverage right now.  Cecilia Munoz,  Director of the White House Policy Council,  explains everyone will have stronger coverage with more providers to choose from.

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Medicare is also adding more benefits under the Affordable Care Act: Jonathan Blum is Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

There will be 50 sites in 61 counties providing New Yorkers with assistance beginning October first.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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