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Affordable Care Act Address Income Inequality
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Affordable Care Act Address Income Inequality

February 6, 2014 By Stephanie West The Affordable Care Act, which was designed to expand health insurance coverage, and slow the growth of health care costs, also address income inequality. According to researchers at the Brookings Institution the law will improve the economic well-being of those with incomes in the bottom 20th percentile,  increasing their…

Fed Medicaid Waiver Needed to Maintain NY Health Services
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Fed Medicaid Waiver Needed to Maintain NY Health Services

January 28, 2014 By Stephanie West Governor Cuomo, New York City Mayor de Blasio and State legislators are demanding that the federal government approve New York State’s $10 billion Medicaid waiver. The waiver request, which was originally submitted in 2012, would allow the State to reinvest significant Medicaid savings toward transforming New York’s healthcare delivery…

Governor Cuomo and ‘Backdoor’ Privatization
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Governor Cuomo and ‘Backdoor’ Privatization

January 24, 2014 By Joe Maniscalco Brooklyn, NY – As hospitals in Brooklyn continue to teeter on the brink this week, the head of the  union representing more than 35,000 SUNY workers, says that a pilot plan contained in the governor's new budget constitutes a "backdoor way of privatizing"  – and demonstrates Cuomo's failure to work…

‘Criminal’ Hospital Closings
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‘Criminal’ Hospital Closings

January 22, 2014 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Don’t put away your wallet just yet, Andrew. Now that Governor Cuomo wants the state to fund universal pre-K, advocates for imperiled Brooklyn hospitals facing closure insist that the chief executive in Albany should also make sure that Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island Hospital [LICH]…

New York Labor Opposes Fast Track Trade Pact
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New York Labor Opposes Fast Track Trade Pact

January 22, 2014 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—In the blinding snow and frigid cold, New York labor leaders and three members of the New York Congressional delegation voiced their opposition to the U.S. Congress attempting to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Watch Video of Presser

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Firefighter’s Son Needs Platelets Donated!

January 21, 2014 Colin Flood, the son of Firefighter Kevin Flood of Engine 210 in Brooklyn, desperately needs blood platelets donated. Colin needs extremely risky liver surgery to remove a bad infection. The surgery’s two major dangers are infection and bleeding. Colin now has a very low platelet count, which increases the risk of bleeding, because platelets…

How Local 1199 Manages Massive Medical Plan
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How Local 1199 Manages Massive Medical Plan

January 21, 2014 By Steven Wishnia Local 1199SEIU’s health benefits would be the envy of anyone trying to sign up for a silver or bronze plan on the on-line health exchanges. Instead of facing copayments of $35 or 50% after the deductible, the more than 400,000 people covered by the union’s plans pay $10 or…

Out-of-network coverage in New York? We left it up to the insurers
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Out-of-network coverage in New York? We left it up to the insurers

January 6, 2014 By Craig Gurian New York’s health insurance exchange (called “NY State of Health”) offers individuals and families numerous insurance plan options at various “metal” levels. What it doesn’t offer in most parts of the state are plans that provide coverage for non-emergency out-of-network care. In a sample Manhattan zip code, for example,…

‘People Are Going To Die’
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‘People Are Going To Die’

December 20, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – The looming closings of Long Island College Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center may come down to dollars and cents to the bean counters holding the purse strings – but for the patients, labor unions and nurses fighting to keep the doors open at the Brooklyn hospitals,…

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