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Counties seek inclusion in Medicaid cut debate

Medicaid: What to do if your claim is denied
New York county leaders are calling for local governments to be included in budget discussions to address Medicaid spending cuts effectively. They argue that incorporating social services staff in these discussions is crucial for maximizing ... more
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Sen. Gillibrand proposes bill to safeguard IVF treatments

Gillibrand invites Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to Seneca Falls
In response to a controversial Alabama Supreme Court ruling, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation aimed at protecting in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments for those struggling with infertility. The ruling, which regards frozen embryos as ... more
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Whooping cough, flu hit New York hard as March approaches

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New York is grappling with a stubborn outbreak of pertussis, also known as the 100-day cough, alongside a tenacious flu strain, marking a challenging respiratory virus season. The state, particularly New York City and Long ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: Primary care crisis across Upstate NY rooted in workforce, access issues

Hochul signs bill adding women’s health care expert to state panel
Community health center leaders from New York and across the nation met in Washington last week. They were strategizing about how to address the country's primary-care crisis. This means examining solutions to workforce shortages, inflationary ... more
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Nursing home advocates rally against proposed budget cuts

NYSAC says state can’t expect counties to shoulder economic burden of budgetary crisis
Residents, care providers, and state legislators rallied at Jewish Senior Life in New York to highlight the severe consequences of Governor Kathy Hochul's budget proposal for nursing homes. The budget suggests a $500 million reduction ... more
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NY debates expanding autonomy for physician assistants

Local doctor says overdoses, suicides increasing; voices concerns about cancer prevention during pandemic
New York is currently debating a proposal to grant physician assistants (PAs) greater autonomy in their practice, echoing temporary measures introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Kathy Hochul's budget proposal suggests removing supervision requirements for ... more
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What is norovirus? Stomach virus spreads across northeast

What is norovirus? Stomach virus spreads across northeast
The CDC has reported a significant outbreak of norovirus in the Northeastern United States, with the region experiencing the highest positivity rate for the stomach virus. According to the latest data, the three-week average for ... more
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Cayuga Medical Center boosts emergency preparedness with $10M grant

Patient from NYC dies of COVID-19 at Cayuga Medical Center
Cayuga Medical Center is set to enhance its emergency response capabilities with the addition of two new generators and a dedicated storage facility, funded by a $10,450,800 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ... more
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New report highlights social isolation challenges post-pandemic in Finger Lakes

New report highlights social isolation challenges post-pandemic in Finger Lakes
A recent study by Common Ground Health reveals that adults, particularly those aged 50-64, are experiencing increased social isolation and loneliness following the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, derived from the 2022 "My Health Story" survey ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Finger Lakes 211 Life Line serves thousands daily (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Finger Lakes 211 Life Line serves thousands daily (podcast)
Deb Turner has led the Finger Lakes region's 211 Lifeline program for many years. It's a program dedicated to connecting people to services - dozens of them - across the region. She was in-studio this ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Mental health first aid classes coming soon (podcast)

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Educating people about the mental health crisis often feels academic. It's been labeled a crisis by experts who work in the field, but a new two-day training opportunity that's open to the public across the ... more
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CDC to soon change COVID-19 isolation guidelines stirring up new debate

COVID-19 guidance is changing according to the CDC, but what does this mean?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may soon update its COVID-19 isolation guidelines, a move that is sparking discussions among Central New York's medical community. Reports suggest that the new guidance, expected to ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: How should Upstate NY deal with primary care shortage?

Healthcare: Thousands see $1,536 premium increase
Community health center leaders from New York and across the nation are meeting in Washington this week. They'll be strategizing about how to address the country's primary-care crisis. This means examining solutions to workforce shortages, ... more
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Understanding ADHD: Causes, misconceptions, and management

Study: More children, teens seeking mental health help at emergency rooms
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a widely recognized mental health condition, yet it is often surrounded by misinformation regarding its causes and treatments. Contrary to some beliefs, ADHD is not caused by dietary choices, ... more
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Flu season isn’t over yet, health officials warn

Ontario County Flu Cases
As winter progresses, New York isn't out of the woods with flu season yet, according to health professionals. Officials say a typical pattern where after an initial spike in flu A cases, a second surge ... more
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Innovative memory care unit opens in Auburn, offering new hope for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients

Innovative memory care unit opens in Auburn, offering new hope for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients
Loretto has unveiled its fourth Memory Special Care Unit in Auburn, NY, to address the increasing demand for specialized memory care services in the Finger Lakes region. This new unit, part of a concerted effort ... more
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URMC, Five Star Bank launch telemedicine initiative in three rural Finger Lakes communities

URMC, Five Star Bank launch telemedicine initiative in three rural Finger Lakes communities
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is launching a pioneering telemedicine initiative aimed at enhancing healthcare accessibility for residents in rural communities. In collaboration with Five Star Bank, URMC plans to install telemedicine stations ... more
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Unusual flu reported across NY this year: When will flu season end?

Excellus: Prevalence of flu down this year
New York is experiencing a prolonged peak in flu infections this year, with about 95,000 cases reported in January alone, significantly higher than last year's 30,000 cases for the same month. This resurgence, alongside the ... more
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Wegmans Harissa Hummus recalled

Wegmans Harissa Hummus recalled
The Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall for Wegmans-brand Harissa Hummus due to the presence of sesame, which was not declared on the product's label. This recall affects consumers in nine states, including ... more
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New York hospitals and nursing homes face funding crunch

New York hospitals and nursing homes face funding crunch
Governor Kathy Hochul's latest budget proposal has left New York's hospitals and nursing homes in a bind by not increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate, despite mounting pressures from overcapacity and rising healthcare costs. Last year ... more
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DEA highlights alarmingly high fentanyl seizures in New York

DEA highlights alarmingly high fentanyl seizures in New York
In 2023, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) made alarming discoveries regarding drug trends across the United States, notably in New York. The agency seized an unprecedented amount of fentanyl, enough to pose a deadly threat ... more
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