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Workers at two financially struggling care facilities in Albany County say they have avoided a strike and reached a deal with the facilities’ prospective owners.

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Update: Workers at two financially struggling care facilities in Albany County say they are delaying a strike. 1199SEIU said Jan. 17 that the prospective buyer of Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Kenwood Manor in Delmar has requested an extension in bankruptcy court and will bargain with the union. The Lutheran Care Network is in the process of declaring bankruptcy and selling the facilities. Fearing the loss of wages and benefits, workers had planned a three-day strike starting January 24. About sixty union members work at the facilities.

A new report shows many working American families are spending more and more of their income on health care.

      At 97 percent, Massachusetts has the highest health insurance coverage rate in the nation.

Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Kenwood Manor on Rockefeller Road in Delmar
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Employees at a nursing home in Albany County have been notified their health care benefits will be terminated in less than 30 days.

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  New England states ranked high in the latest annual report on child well-being from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Time is running short for Massachusetts residents to enroll in health insurance plans for next year.

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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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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about health insurance premiums, which are rising 8.6 percent next year. The pair also discuss the story of a Home Depot employee who confronted a customer allegedly hurling racial slurs at him.

Employees with the Capital Region's largest health care provider will no longer be covered by the area’s largest health insurer at year's end.

Health insurance provider CDPHP, or Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, said this week that it is expanding its coverage area to the North Country.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott recently signed a bill that moves the state toward establishing an individual mandate that would require all residents have health insurance.

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Saratoga County officials are partnering with Inside Rx to offer discounts on prescription medication.

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Officials say nearly 46,000 new enrollees have signed up for health plan coverage through New York's official state marketplace in the first four weeks of open enrollment.

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Vermonters who want to sign up for a health insurance plan for next year through the state's online exchange or existing subscribers who want to change to a different plan can do so starting next month.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts is considering eliminating health insurance coverage for part-time town employees and elected officials. 

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A recently released study by a University of Vermont researcher has found that the cost of health care and insurance is a risk to farm viability.

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Vermont lawmakers returned to the statehouse Wednesday to try to wrap up the session. Among the issues they were expected to review is the governor’s last-minute proposal to change how teachers' health insurance plans should be negotiated.

With the country once again debating the future of health care, activists rallied Tuesday in Albany in support of a bill that would create a universal, publicly-financed health-insurance plan for all New Yorkers.

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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

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.

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Just an hour before Friday’s presidential inauguration, advocates, local lawmakers, health care professionals, faith leaders and impacted families turned out in downtown Albany to meet the National Save My Care Bus Tour for a rally opposing Republicans’ rush to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy of requiring doctors to fill out extra paperwork before giving patients a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

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A security breach at a company that provides ID cards for health insurance companies has exposed personal information of 3.3 million people.

  This morning we begin a new bi-weekly series entitled Falling into Place. This series will spotlight the important work of -and foster collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This week, we’ll learn about Hixny. Hixny empowers modern healthcare by improving the way in which the healthcare community and patients access, analyze and collaboratively act upon patient-specific information. Hixny is a not-for-profit based in Albany, NY, is a recognized national leader in population health management support. Hixny supports care coordination of more than 1.6 million patients in the Capital District, Northern New York and the Mohawk Valley.

Scott Momrow, Vice President of Hixny joins us now to tell us more about the organization and their patient portal.

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A coalition of groups is asking the Vermont Legislature to study the possibility of expanding a program that provides low-cost insurance coverage to children.

Mass. Chipping Away At Health Insurance Backlog

Feb 28, 2014

Massachusetts officials say they're continuing to sign up people for health insurance even as they concede they may not have a fully functioning insurance website by the end of June.

That's the deadline to move more than 200,000 people into insurance plans that comply with the federal health care law.

They said one option continues to be ditching the trouble plagued website and starting over.

In the past three weeks, the state has enrolled 21,000 people in transitional coverage and cut the time it takes to enter paper applications from two hours to 39 minutes.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A New England gay rights organization is praising Connecticut's Department of Insurance for informing insurers they must pay "covered expenses" for treatment related to a patient's gender transition.

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A county health department in New York’s Hudson Valley is the latest entity to announce help for residents with the new health insurance marketplace under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

 As the nation moves closer to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the debate continues.  The House of Representatives’ leadership will, once again, advance legislation to repeal the law.  Predictably, the effort will fail.