Health Care

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January 15, 2020 - 1:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state says it’s seeing more reported cases of influenza so far this season than in recent years. The state’s online flu tracker shows the state has seen over 10,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza as of Jan. 4. That’s up from roughly 3,000 in 2017. The...
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Mike Baggerman
October 31, 2017 - 9:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Open enrollment for health insurance in 2018 begins Wednesday and runs until December 15. "This is a chance to change insurance coverage and a chance to change insurance plans - to make it better or to diminish it depending on your particular situation- in your medical life...
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Tom Puckett
October 27, 2017 - 3:12 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Catholic Health System will pay $6 million to resolve allegations that its subsidiary, Home & Community Based Care (formerly known as "Continuing Care"), violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to government health care programs. Federal prosecutors say...
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Mike Baggerman
September 22, 2017 - 2:38 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Members of the Community Health Center of Buffalo and the Health Care Education Project rallied in opposition of the proposed U.S. Senate health care bill on Friday morning at 1390 South Elmwood Avenue. "(The health care replacement) would be replaced with a huge backwards...
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Allan Harris
July 30, 2017 - 4:53 am
(WBEN/AP) Weary Republicans in Washington may be ready to move on from health care, but conservatives across the United States are warning the GOP-led Congress not to abandon its pledge to repeal the Obama-era health law - or risk a political nightmare in next year's elections. The Senate's failure...
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Mike Baggerman
July 18, 2017 - 3:00 am
(WBEN) – The implosion of the Senate Republican health care bill leaves a divided GOP with its flagship legislative priority in tatters, talking far more about the possibility of repealing Obamacare without having any replacement ready. Now, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said, the Senate...
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Mike Baggerman
July 15, 2017 - 7:44 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - In her visit to Buffalo on Friday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand talked about the recently amended health care bill introduced by Senate Republicans. "I think it's really harmful for New Yorkers," the senator said. "It's really going to undermine people's access to affordable...
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Richard Root
June 23, 2017 - 6:37 am
Washington, D.C. (WBEN) - U.S. Senate Republican's draft health care reform bill was released with mixed reaction nationwide. Democrats excoriated it. The media treated it with disdain. Even some Republicans want to distance themselves from it. On the floor of the Senate, and then in a press...
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June 22, 2017 - 12:13 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBEN/AP) - Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law. The measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people. It would repeal tax increases Obama's law imposed on...
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Tom Puckett
May 31, 2017 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) It was two months ago when Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz pushed for a law to hold nursing homes more accountable when it comes to notifying loved ones of patients when they're hospitalized. Tuesday, residents and others spoke out in a public hearing. The attorney for Ruth...
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