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NY considers commission to study COVID-19 response for future pandemics

NY considers commission to study COVID-19 response for future pandemics
In Albany, lawmakers are discussing a bill to establish a new state commission dedicated to analyzing New York's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to bolster readiness for future health crises. The proposal has garnered ... more
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Upstate Urology in Auburn unveils cutting-edge prostate treatment

Auburn Community Hospital cancels elective surgeries after post-Christmas COVID-19 surge
Upstate Urology of Auburn now offers Aquablation therapy, a cutting-edge treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), marking a significant advancement in the region's medical services. This innovative therapy, performed by the AquaBeam Robotic System, is ... more
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New York expands Essential Plan health insurance: What is the new income cap?

New York expands Essential Plan health insurance: What is the new income cap?
Governor Kathy Hochul announced an expansion of the Essential Plan, New York's affordable health insurance option under the Affordable Care Act, set to significantly lower costs for residents. Starting April, eligibility for the plan will ... more
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Sen. Schumer at Cayuga Health: Hackers are crippling healthcare systems

Sen. Schumer at Cayuga Health: Hackers are crippling healthcare systems
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer visited Cayuga Health on March 4 to discuss the ramifications of a recent cyber attack targeting UnitedHealth's Change Healthcare. This attack has disrupted healthcare operations locally and nationwide, affecting hospitals ... more
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NY expands affordable health insurance for over 100,000 people

Open Enrollment for NYS sanctioned health care plans launches amid pandemic
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York has received federal approval to expand its Essential Plan, providing high-quality, affordable health insurance to over 100,000 additional New Yorkers. The expansion, approved by the U.S. Department of ... more
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CDC updates COVID-19 guidelines, impacting New York’s approach to virus

CDC updates COVID-19 guidelines, impacting New York's approach to virus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its longstanding COVID-19 guidance, signaling a shift in response to the pandemic's current stage. Previously, the CDC recommended individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 to ... more
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Schumer requests federal aid for NY hospitals hit by cyberattack

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for emergency financial support for New York hospitals suffering from a significant cyberattack. The attack on Change Healthcare, a key provider of health care systems, has left thousands ... more
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State needs to address mental health workforce shortage, advocates say

State needs to address mental health workforce shortage, advocates say
New York lawmakers and advocates are urgently addressing the critical shortage in the state's mental health workforce. Glenn Liebman, CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State, emphasized the need for significant action ... more
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CDC updates COVID-19 isolation guidelines

CDC lists 23 New York counties as high risk for COVID-19, recommends indoor masking
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a significant change in COVID-19 isolation guidelines, stating that Americans who test positive for COVID-19 are no longer required to isolate for five days. This decision ... more
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Walgreens, CVS to offer abortion pills in New York amid expanded access campaign

Walgreens launches expanded same day delivery option for shoppers
New York residents will have access to abortion pills at select Walgreens locations, joining CVS Health in a move to distribute the mifepristone abortion pill following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval. This development ... more
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Tompkins County deals with uptick in opioid overdoses

NY death certificates for overdoses must note type of opioid
Tompkins County is grappling with a significant rise in opioid overdose deaths, sparking concern among local officials and community leaders. Six individuals have succumbed to opioid overdoses this month alone, including five deaths reported by ... more
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Finger Lakes Community College launches new LPN program

Finger Lakes Community College launches new LPN program
Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) in Canandaigua has announced the start of a new Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program, following approval by the state Education Department. The program, set to begin on September 3, is ... more
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Hochul announces $20M for school-based mental health clinics

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a $20 million initiative to support the creation of school-based mental health clinics across the state, addressing the rising concern of teen suicide and mental health challenges. This funding, aimed ... more
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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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