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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Mon December 15, 2014

NY State of Health enrollment deadline extended



The national deadline to enroll in health care during the second year of open enrollment is today, December 15, but New York has extended the deadline through Saturday.

If you plan to use the New York State of Health Marketplace to sign up for health care, you have 5 more days to enroll if you want your coverage to start on January 1st.

The state department of health says New Yorkers need the extra time because of the power outages and road closures caused by extreme winter weather since the beginning of this year’s open enrollment.

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Fri December 12, 2014

Compare and share 2015 average metal premium and deductibles for healthcare plans by county group

2015 Average Metal Plan Premiums and Deductibles

The average premiums for different levels of health insurance can vary widely depending on which New York County you live in, according to research prepared for WXXI's Understanding The Affordable Care Act reporting project.

Here is an updated comparison showing the 2015 Average Metal Plan Premiums and Deductibles.

Click here to compare 2015 figures with 2014 figures, from or consult our slideshow.

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Wed December 10, 2014

Young farmers head effort to feed those in need

Sharon Smith, Executive Director of the Food Bank Association of New York State, accepts a donation from Nicole Rawleigh and the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.
Veronica Volk / WXXI

Farmers and agriculture industry leaders are coming into Rochester from all over the state for the New York Farm Bureau’s 58th State Annual Meeting.

The Bureau kicked off its meeting by announcing they had broken their record for this year’s “Harvest for All,” a national farm donation program. In partnership with the Regional Food Bank Association and FoodLink, New York farmers have collectively donated 9.6 million pounds of produce.

FoodLink's Co-Executive Director Jeanette Batiste-Harrison says this particular program is especially valuable to the community.

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Tue December 9, 2014

Supporters of universal health care make their case in statewide Legislative hearings

Barbara Dyskant testified Monday at a hearing in support of universal health care in New York State.
Michelle Faust / WXXI News


Barbara Dyskant joined 30 others who signed up to testify at a hearing in Rochester organized by Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee.

The Assembly Member will use testimony from 6 hearings across the state to persuade his colleagues to support the New York Health Act, which would create universal health care all New York residents.

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