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The North Country Chamber has been holding periodic tele-town halls featuring business, community and legislative leaders answering questions regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the region.  Thursday morning the presidents of three northern New York hospitals discussed the fiscal stress the pandemic is putting on rural health care providers.

Saul J. Weiner, MD is a professor of medicine, pediatrics, and medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the deputy director of the Veterans Health Administration's Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare, and the cofounder of the Institute for Practice and Provider Performance Improvement (I3PI). He is the coauthor of "Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care."

Medical students and physicians-in-training embark on a long journey that, although steeped in scientific learning and technical skill building, includes little guidance on the emotional and interpersonal dimensions of becoming a healer. Written for anyone in the health care community who hopes to grow emotionally and cognitively in the way they interact with patients, "On Becoming a Healer" explains how to foster doctor-patient relationships that are mutually nourishing.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is one of the most recognizable and trusted voices on economics and policy today. His new book "Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics and the Fight for a Better Future” explains the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, with his trademarked clarity and precision.

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Thursday night, Massachusetts State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa of the 1st Hampshire District is making a visit to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Democrat is the co-lead sponsor of a bill calling for Massachusetts to adopt a single-payer system that would offer Medicare For All in the state. Sabadosa was invited to speak by fellow Democrat and 2nd Berkshire District State Representative Paul Mark in Pittsfield at Tavern on the A. First, she talked with WAMC.

Amy Gutmann the University of Pennsylvania’s eighth president, is an award-winning political theorist. Jonathan D. Moreno is a Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the university. They both served on President Obama’s bioethics commission.

Together they've written the book "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America."

Jonathan Moreno joined us.

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A Capital Region State Senator says a newly uncovered document may lead to more answers as to why over a thousand employees of a closed Schenectady hospital had their pensions reduced or eliminated.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill protecting an Orange County school district’s employee health insurance program.

Dr. John M. Murphy of Western Connecticut Health Network and Health Quest's Robert Friedberg.
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Two health care organizations in the region have received state and federal approvals and have become one not-for-profit health system that will serve one million people in 85 communities in New York and Connecticut. Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health network are now Nuvance Health. 

Rep. Delgado Discusses Health Care, Broadband Needs

Mar 28, 2019

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado recently held a conference call with reporters, speaking to a wide range of issues during his second in-district work week since taking office.

Almost a decade after Obamacare, health care remains one of the top political issues in America.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Gov. Cuomo On WAMC's Roundtable 11/16/18

Nov 16, 2018
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called into WAMC's Roundtable program on Friday and spoke with Dr. Alan Chartock about a variety of issues, including: Amazon, the snowstorm, presidential politics, pay raises for the legislature, single-payer health care and more.

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   The open enrollment period has started for people looking to sign up for coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector – the state’s online health insurance marketplace.

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   Massachusetts has the highest rate of health insurance coverage in the country.  The goal of one state agency is to keep it that way in 2019, as health care requirements on the federal level continue to change. 

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The head of Connecticut's prison system is promising improved care as his department takes over the inmates' health system from the University of Connecticut.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences joins us to talk about their new innitiative, “The Collaboratory.”

Located in Albany’s South End, this space will be used by both the College and Trinity Alliance and serve as the home base for the REACH program. The purpose of this program is to engage, empower, and activate Medicaid and Medicaid-eligible residents of the South End and nearby neighborhoods to make consistent use of preventative health care and wellness systems.

Beyond serving this need, the Collaboratory will host classes for both ACPHS students as well as for community residents. The space will also be available for community group meetings, and we expect to add more services in the years to come. Below is list of suggested questions to help guide the discussion.

We welcome ACPHS President, Dr. Greg Dewey and Dr. Colleen McLaughlin. Colleen is a professor at the College and also serves as the Chair of their Department of Population Health Sciences.

What does health care have to do with tax cuts?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the federal government and the state’s congressional delegation to prevent steep cuts to a program that provides funding to financially stressed hospitals.

Americans have been debating health care non-stop for a decade. But what do other countries think?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Franklin County Senior Center
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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Franklin County Monday.  His stops included the Franklin County Senior Center, where health care and Social Security dominated the discussion.

Rep. Peter Welch
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In a dramatic Senate vote, Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, went down last Friday. Now, a bipartisan group of 40 House members have written to Speaker Paul Ryan proposing four reforms.   Vermont Democrat Peter Welch says the defeat of the Republican bill is providing an opportunity to refocus and bring lawmakers to the table for practical discussions on how to repair and improve the Affordable Care Act.

Bipartisan group of Vermont leaders meet at Statehouse in Montpelier to decry federal health care bill
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The razor-thin survival of the GOP health care bill became dire Monday night when two Republican senators declared they would not support the legislation.  Earlier in the day a bipartisan group of Vermont leaders had gathered at the Statehouse to decry the measure and what they call potential negative impacts on the state.

Debate over health care policy has intensified for at least 25 years in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The American Health Care Act would cost millions of Americans health insurance.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney spoke at a health care town hall Monday night in a neighboring district. Hundreds packed a room in Kingston to hear from Maloney, who launched an Adopt a District challenge asking House representatives to step into Republican districts to explain the House bill to repeal Obamacare.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney invited three of his constituents to his district office in Newburgh Monday to talk about how the Republican House bill to repeal Obamacare would affect them. And Maloney is headed to the neighboring 19th District tonight to attend a health care town hall. It’s part of his Adopt a District effort.

AHCA Bill Garners Support And Criticism In NY

May 5, 2017
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On Thursday, House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act on a 217-213 vote. Several upstate New York Republicans supported the bill. Meanwhile, House Democrats and Planned Parenthood advocates are blasting it.

Republicans may feel the repercussions of the the aborted health care vote for some time.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
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Health care has been at the center of American political debate for years.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Ulster County Exec Issues Order Regarding Health Care

Mar 17, 2017
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The Ulster County executive has issued an executive order calling for a report on the public health impacts repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on the county’s residents. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports a public hearing on the topic has already been scheduled.

Rep. Peter Welch
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Congressional Republican leaders and the White House are scrambling to salvage the proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act following a report from the Congressional Budget Office this week that found 14 million people would lose health insurance next year, and 24 million after 10 years.  Vermont’s at-large Democratic Congressman Peter Welch held a conference call Wednesday with Vermont hospital executives to discuss the potential impact of the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

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