Health

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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Governor agrees to direct-care worker raises

TUPPER LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo surpassed the state Legislature Tuesday in offering pay raises to people who work with those with disabilities. Cuomo’s $55 million goes beyond $45 million proposed by both the state Senate and Assembly. Cuomo had not included any increases for these ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik
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Stefanik quiet on whether she would have voted for AHCA

As President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled their American Health Care Act to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor Friday, Republicans and Democrats in the North Country and the rest of New York continued to blame each another for the country’s health care ...

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Republicans pull health bill

WASHINGTON — In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the health care law. Democrats said Americans can ...

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No repeal for ‘Obamacare’ — a humiliating defeat for Trump

WASHINGTON — In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. Democrats said Americans can "breathe a sigh ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro
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Stefanik quiet on whether she would have voted for AHCA

As President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled their American Health Care Act to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor Friday, Republicans and Democrats in the North Country and the rest of New York continued to blame each another for the country’s health care ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro
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Stefanik undecided on today’s health plan vote

Rep. Elise Stefanik wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act but isn’t committing to the GOP replacement plan. President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders spent this week on Capitol Hill trying to round up the 216 House votes needed to approve the bill in a ...

Stefanik supports Medicaid change in New York

While Rep. Elise Stefanik remains uncommitted about her vote on the American Health Care Act, she fully supports an amendment that would ease the Medicaid burden on local counties. House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to woo upstate New York Republicans, including Stefanik, R-Willsboro, with an ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro
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Stefanik hesitating on health-care plan

WASHINGTON — The fate of the Republican health-care plan appears to rest on conservative Republicans like Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania and centrists like Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York. Barletta, an immigration hard-liner, said he remains opposed to the legislation because it ...

Cuomo: Congressional GOP has ‘declared war on New York’

ALBANY — Republicans in Congress have “declared war on New York” with a plan to cut off Medicaid contributions from local counties, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. The proposal, one of several revisions to the Republican health care bill, was pitched as a way to help local ...

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Little, Jones highlight state budget proposals

State Sen. Betty Little says her chamber’s budget plan calls for an increase in school aid, tax relief and workers compensation reform to help small businesses. It would also set aside billions of dollars for clean water and sewer projects throughout the state. Assemblyman Billy Jones, ...

Home health aides: Minimum-wage hikes could deepen shortage

WEST CHAZY — Only 17 snowy miles from the Canadian border, Katie Bushey’s most basic needs are met by traveling health aides who come into her home to change her diapers, track her seizures, spoon-feed her fettucine Alfredo and load her wheelchair into the shower. But that’s only ...

How Trump’s budget could affect northern New York

Increases: ¯ Military, which may include the Army base at Fort Drum ¯ Homeland Security, which includes staff at the U.S.-Canada border ¯ Veterans Affairs, which could increase VA medical offerings --- Cuts — Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate or severely reduce these ...

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How Trump’s budget could affect northern New York

Some ways Trump’s budget could affect New York's North Country - Increases: ¯ Military, which may include the Army base at Fort Drum ¯ Homeland Security, which includes staff at the U.S.-Canada border ¯ Veterans Affairs, which could increase VA medical offerings - Cuts — ...

Nelson opposes employee wellness bill

GLENS FALLS — Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Nelson said he “absolutely opposes” legislation U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, recently co-sponsored to clarify non-discrimination rules for workplace wellness programs. “Their argument is that it will reduce ...

New York lawmaker calls for hearing on disability agency

ALBANY (AP) — A New York lawmaker is calling for a legislative oversight hearing on a state agency that investigates the mistreatment of disabled people. Republican Assemblyman Michael Montesano’s request comes after the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Stefanik sees step forward on health

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sees the latest movement to replace the controversial Affordable Care Act as a step in the right direction. “I believe we are moving in a positive direction toward a better health-care system that will lower costs and increase the ...

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Nelson opposes Obamacare replacement

STILLWATER — Congressional candidate Patrick Nelson says the Republican legislation that would repeal and replace Obamacare is “basically a worse version of the Affordable Care Act.” Nelson, from Stillwater in Saratoga County, called the bill an attack on Planned Parenthood, women and ...

NY lawmaker calls for hearing on Justice Center

ALBANY (AP) — A New York lawmaker is calling for a legislative oversight hearing on a state agency that investigates the mistreatment of disabled people. Republican Assemblyman Michael Montesano’s request comes after the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers a State of the State speeches in January. (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Gov. Cuomo: GOP health bill bad for NY

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is no fan of the health care overhaul proposed by Republicans in the U.S. House. The Democrat said Thursday that an analysis by state health officials shows the legislation would be devastating for the state, placing more than 1 million New Yorkers ...

Health care overhaul scores early triumph despite opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the GOP health care ...