Fri January 9, 2015

New York's first comprehensive veterans legal clinic opens in Syracuse

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:36 am

Syracuse University law students taking an oath to serve at the Veterans Legal Clinic.
Ellen Abbott WRVO News

The Syracuse University School of Law is the site of the first comprehensive veterans legal clinic in New York state. The impact of having an attorney present is incredible, especially when veterans apply for benefits or an upgrade in their military discharge, according to one of the founders of the new Veterans Legal Clinic at SU’s law school.

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Thu January 8, 2015

Now sworn in, Katko already sponsoring bill to eliminate medical device tax

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 7:13 am

Global medical device maker Welch Allyn was granted the first tax break for energy upgrades to part of its Skaneateles headquarters.
Connectologist via Flickr

Newly sworn-in Rep. John Katko has already attached his name to an effort to repeal the medical device tax.

The tax on medical equipment manufactured in the United States was tacked on to the Affordable Care Act as a way to pay for the health care overhaul. But it’s angered device makers, like Welch Allyn in Skaneateles. The company attributed recent layoffs to the tax’s impact.

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Wed January 7, 2015

Researchers examine link between HIV treatments and heart disease

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, a positive diagnosis was virtually a death sentence.  Today, a person taking Anti-Retroviral medications can live long term with the disease as a chronic infection.

Clinical researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center will use a $3.8 million grant to investigate why people treated with Anti-Retrovirals for HIV have higher than average rates of heart disease and stroke.

Doctor Giovanni Schifitto is one of the leaders on the study, which will examine causes of a narrowing of the carotid arteries in these patients.

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Sat December 27, 2014

Enrolling in Health Insurance More of a Challenge for New Immigrants

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 5:57 pm

Navigator Shannon Kelly goes over health insurance plans with Prem Biswa.

  The English phrase “tax credit” sticks out of a string of Nepali words as Prem Biswa tries to explain the intricacies of the federal health insurance exchange to his uncle, Dhak Rasaily. Rasaily has come to the South Ave Community Center with his wife and son to enroll in a plan with the help of Shannon Kelly, a health insurance assister from Trillium Health.

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Tue December 16, 2014

Extended enrollment deadline keeps State health navigators busy

Credit St Joseph's Neighborhood Center, Rochester

A month into the state’s second health insurance open enrollment period, officials say the state is on-track to getting more New Yorkers insured. WXXI’s Michelle Faust spoke with Elisabeth Benjamin, the Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society—a key navigator agency in New York State.

The state health department announced more than 154 thousand previously uninsured New Yorkers have signed up for health insurance since open enrollment began on November 15th.

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