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A health insurance co-op that was scheduled to be shut down by the state due to financial problems will be closing sooner than expected.

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Flaws in New York's health exchange resulted in 21 dead people being enrolled in Medicaid and 333 getting continuing government-funded health coverage after they died, according to audit results released Thursday.

 

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday an agreement with a downstate retailer related to a woman’s right to breastfeed. One breastfeeding authority says it’s a reminder that state law allows women to breastfeed anywhere they legally be.

The state is airing two new public service announcements aimed at deterring people from using synthetic drugs.

 

New York will not be one of the states to adopt a new rule change to Obamacare.

 

A law adopted by the feds early this month would allow states to redefine what constitutes a small and large business for health insurance requirements.

 

Originally, the Affordable Care Act allowed states to expand the definition of a small business to up to 100 workers.

Victims of domestic violence can qualify to sign up for health coverage outside of the regular open enrollment period. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to remind people of this during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

High out-of-pocket costs may prove to be an insurmountable obstacle for patients seeking medical marijuana. While the treatment has been legalized, the state has not set a price for it, and insurance companies will not be covering it.

 

As a result, people like Angel won't have access.

 

"My story is a long story."

 

Shopping season for the Medicare Advantage plans is underway.

 

In Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne Counties, the average premium for 2016 Medicare Advantage plans is $74 dollars, about a 10 percent increase over last year.

 

On average in New York State, most monthly premiums are steady, but out of pocket costs for medications are up.

 

Older adults in our area have a new place to go to get questions answered about Medicare Advantage plans.

 

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield opened a resource center in Greece to mark the beginning of the Medicare Advantage shopping season on Thursday.

 

The leader of Western New York’s largest insurer spoke to WXXI about the recent cyber-attack.

 

Chris Booth, CEO of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, spoke to business leaders about continued changes in the health care industry in Rochester Tuesday morning.

 

The hack exposed the personal information of 10 and a half million customers.