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Group lays out the complications of ‘single-payer’ healthcare in New York

Group lays out the complications of ‘single-payer’ healthcare in New York
There are broad-based policy and political complications with single-payer health care, Healthcare Association of New York President Bea Grause told the Rockefeller Institute last week. Grause in a talk at the think tank pointed to the failure of similar legislation in Vermont, a bill that ultimately failed to pass. She pointed to the need to recruit primary care doctors as... more

NY gets federal funds to fight addiction

NY gets federal funds to fight addiction
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced that the state will get more than $9 million in federal funding to help the state fight opioid addiction. The money will spread around to different agencies and services throughout the state. Nearly $6 million will go to medication-assisted treatment with a focus on upstate areas. $2.1 million will pay for the creation of five... more

O’Mara will move to reintroduce legislation targeting meth distribution

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Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today said that in addition to his ongoing work as a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, he will also reintroduce legislation targeting the resurgence of methamphetamine-related crimes locally and statewide for consideration during the 2019 legislative session, which begins in early January. O’Mara pointed to a string of meth... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Urgent Care sees big growth across U.S., but local growth staggering

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Urgent Care sees big growth across U.S., but local growth staggering
When was the last time you visited your primary care physician? What about the last time you visited urgent care? In the last decade visits to urgent care clinics across the U.S. increased by 119% between 2008 and 2015. For many Americans — urgent care — has become the ‘go-to’ option for healthcare services. According to Bob Switzer, urgent care... more

HEALTH ALERT: Blood pressure drug substitutes are available for patients affected by recalls

HEALTH ALERT: Blood pressure drug substitutes are available for patients affected by recalls
Doctors say patients with high blood pressure should pay attention to and be ready to act on the trickle of drug recalls involving a commonly prescribed type of blood pressure medication – but warned against dropping a medicine without consulting a physician or pharmacist. The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of several versions of the valsartan in July... more

Rep. Katko: No simple fix for opioid crisis

Rep. Katko: No simple fix for opioid crisis
As the First Lady headlines a town hall on the national opioid crisis, NY-24 Congressman John Katko said it will take a multipronged approach to cut down on drug deaths. Rep. Katko spoke to CNYCentral Wednesday from the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. “There’s not a magic elixir here. It’s going to take a while to turn this ship around,”... more

Children facing crisis in statewide service shortage

Children facing crisis in statewide service shortage
Hundreds of local families in search of services for children under the age of three could soon be in limbo. Starting Dec.1, Monroe County will begin putting children on a waiting list to apply for early intervention services to see if their children qualify. The services include speech, physical and occupational therapy for developmental delays or disabilities that research shows... more

Officials say E. coli outbreak connected to romaine grown in parts of California; not all lettuce at-risk

Officials say E. coli outbreak connected to romaine grown in parts of California; not all lettuce at-risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. As of Nov. 26, 2018, this outbreak had resulted in 43 people becoming ill in 12 states, with the last reported illness... more

Sheriff Virts opposes decriminalization of marijuana in New York

Sheriff Virts opposes decriminalization of marijuana in New York
Don’t count Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts among those supporting the decriminalization of marijuana in New York. Virts, president of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, testified at a state Assembly hearing in Binghamton last week that he opposes the potential legalization of marijuana in New York, which is expected to be proposed when the state Legislature convenes in January.... more

Audit finds problems with use of NY opioid monitoring system

Audit finds problems with use of NY opioid monitoring system
A new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found problems in how addiction treatment programs use New York’s opioid prescription monitoring system. The review finds instances where administrators failed to check the system to see if patients receiving treatment for addiction were getting opioids from another doctor. Failing to check the system can set back addiction treatment and put patients... more

ROMAINE IS NOT SAFE: Officials warn against any consumption of lettuce until further notice

ROMAINE IS NOT SAFE: Officials warn against any consumption of lettuce until further notice
The Centers for Disease Control is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine. Wegmans and Tops Friendly Markets announced plans within hours of the announcement to remove all romaine lettuce from stocked shelves. Key Points: CDC, public health and regulatory officials in... more

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?

Cuomo administration rushed Greenidge’s restart — but was it legal?
A pair of court rulings expected by yearend are likely to determine whether the Cuomo Administration broke the law when it fast-tracked permits to restart the Greenidge Generation power station. The decades-old plant began producing electricity again in March 2017 after a six-year pause and a conversion that allows it to burn natural gas rather than coal. Two years earlier,... more

Praise for foundry contamination cleanup efforts in Geneva

Praise for foundry contamination cleanup efforts in Geneva
For all that went wrong with the Geneva Foundry contamination when it came to communicating with affected residents, a lot has apparently gone right with the cleanup project itself. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, working with contractor LaBella Environmental of Rochester, is finishing up a second year of contaminated property remediation covering about 40 parcels, around double what was... more

Future location of Mental Health Department remains unclear in Seneca County

Future location of Mental Health Department remains unclear in Seneca County
What’s next for Seneca as they consider possible options for relocating Mental Health? The Seneca County Board of Supervisors held a special Public Works Committee meeting on Saturday, weighing and discussing possible options – as the lone department continues to wait for word on where it will head. It all comes down to identifying where Mental Health will move. It... more

20M tax dollars wasted as Canandaigua power plant sits idle

20M tax dollars wasted as Canandaigua power plant sits idle
The project was funded in 2010 as part of the nation’s stimulus plan. The plant was to produce power by burning wood chips to create steam-powered energy otherwise known as a biomass system. But the project ran into repeated delays as the contractor and the government fought over building designs which led to litigation. It has taken eight years which... more

Cuomo administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Cuomo administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as soon as next year, possibly making New York the first state to prohibit such vaping products often marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. A spokesman for the Democratic governor told The Wall Street Journal his administration would soon republish regulations banning the sale or possession of... more
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