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Reed, Collins to vote ‘yes’ on health care repeal

Despite the loss of health coverage projected for tens of thousands of people in their districts — especially children, seniors and those with disabilities — Republican Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Collins said they will vote for the American Health Care Act. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the GOP bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise... more

Cuomo: Auburn, CNY hospitals will lose $57M if GOP health care bill passes

If the Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is successful, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hospitals in central New York would lose millions in funding. An analysis conducted by the state Department of Health found the six hospitals in U.S. Rep. John Katko's district, which covers Cayuga, Onondaga, Wayne and a portion of Oswego County, would lose... more

War over Medicaid underway in NY: Supervisors consider results of change

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is fuming over the prospect of the state paying the share typically paid by counties with regards to Medicaid costs. Locally, it’s been an issue for elected officials trying to keep property taxes low. The proposal, which would no longer require counties to pay a portion of Medicaid costs in New York — would bring property tax... more

Organization works to combat substance abuse in FLX (podcast)

It’s a growing issues that will require attention from all stakeholders and community members. On Tuesday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Petrea Rae, Coalition Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, as well as Tanya Lombardo, an intern for the organization from Keuka College joined Josh Durso to talk about their efforts combating substance abuse... more

Should Tompkins raise tobacco purchasing age to 21? Public hearing scheduled

Tompkins County has moved a step closer to raising the purchasing age of tobacco to 21. The Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of the law Monday and scheduled a public hearing on the local law for April. Raising the purchasing age of tobacco, e-cigarettes, shisha and smoking paraphernalia is meant to reduce the number of smokers under... more

Officials plan next moves after string of overdoses in Ithaca

Three overdoses in four days. That’s what the Ithaca Police Department, and community as a whole is contending with as even more overdoses are reported. According to reporting by the Ithaca Voice the overdoses are possibly tied to heroin — but nothing official has been named. No arrests have been made, either. One of those overdoses happened on Thursday around... more

Naples remembers life of young girl who died from the flu

People in Naples remembered the life of a young flu victim on Saturday with a party. It would have been hard to miss if you were driving down Main Street there. The reason for that party wore bright colors and a big smile. 11-year-old Madeline Barton was in Sixth Grade at Naples Elementary School when died from complications from the... more

Robot destroys germs with the power of light

Standing nearly 6 feet tall and wielding 20 vertical fluorescent bulbs, the R-D Rapid Disinfector robot is a formidable fighter in the war against germs. Thompson Hospital and the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center have begun using this automated disinfecting machine throughout the institutions to help reduce the risks of illness and infections for patients, residents, visitors and staff. The... more

Local panel discusses implications of Obamacare repeal for those in FLX

Components of the Affordable Care Act have provided a benefit, but those benefits could now be called into question. A Forum on Health Care was held Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Seneca Falls. The focus of the event was the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it has been dubbed by opponents and... more

Tompkins Co. dealing with more overdoses by the day

After officials released information outlining the possibility of eight overdoses in a short period of time — Ithaca and Tompkins County added another potential two overdoses to that list. Heroin has become one of the biggest, if not the outright biggest fight that local and state officials are trying to combat. The Ithaca Voice has extended coverage on the recent... more

Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is now on Common Ground

Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, one of the nation's oldest and most effective regional health planning organizations, announced last week it is now Common Ground Health. The Rochester-based nonprofit is rebranding to better reflect its mission to help our region find common ground on health issues. The organization, originally designated a Health Systems Agency (HSA) in 1974 by federal statute,... more

Feds: Canandaigua VA psychiatrist accused of defrauding provider out of $200K

A psychiatrist at the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been charged with healthcare fraud, money laundering and tax fraud. According to federal prosecutors Dr. Xingjia Cui, 52, of Pittsford billed a health care provider for $198,820 for services he didn’t even conduct. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rochester is handling the case and Cui will appear before a federal... more

Wayne County egg farm going cage-free

A Wayne County egg farm will be converted into a cage-free operation as part of a $64 million expansion at two egg-producing sites, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. Newstead Ranch Inc. of Clarence, Erie County, is expanding operations at its egg farms in Wayne and Genesee counties, and it’s expected to create up to 55 jobs over the next five... more

Sen. Pam Helming delivers meals for Meals on Wheels

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017 around 11:30 am, Senator Pamela Helming helped deliver meals to several participants on the Meals On Wheels program. This coincides with the March for Meals campaign taking place on a national level. All throughout the month, elected officials will be delivering meals, restaurants like UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill and Famous Dave’s will be donating money,... more

Auburn Community Hospital board member Eric Allyn named to statewide leadership post

A member of Auburn Community Hospital’s board of directors has been elected to a leadership post for a statewide health-care organization. Eric R. Allyn has been chosen as vice chairman of the Healthcare Trustees of New York State Board of Governors. That organization is an affiliate of the Healthcare Association of New York State, for which Allyn, a Skaneateles resident,... more

Ithaca Police: Eight suspected heroin overdoses in two weeks

The Ithaca Police Department issued a plea to heroin users on Tuesday, asking users of the opioid drug to reach out for treatment. IPD has responded to eight calls for people suspected of overdosing on heroin in the last two weeks, Officer Jamie Williamson said in a statement. Those eight calls included one death “where the possibility that the person... more

Canandaigua VA Medical Center announces two town hall meetings

The Canandaigua VA Medical Center will host two town hall meetings this month. The meetings will provide area veterans, family members and others concerned with veterans' care with updates on the medical center's key initiatives "to enhance VA health care and Veteran access and ask questions," according to a release. The town hall meetings are hosted quarterly. Agenda items include... more

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency: Medicaid Transportation Program starting

Have you ever missed a doctor’s appointment because of lack of transportation? According to the National Conference of State Legislators, approximately 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical care because they lack appropriate transportation to their appointments. Many low-income Americans lack the disposable income necessary to have access to a working automobile, and many lack public transportation options to get... more
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