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Erie County Health Department

Crews have started airdropping rabies vaccine baits throughout rural areas of Erie County as part of a broader initiative to reduce rabies in animals along the Eastern Seaboard and along the Canadian Border.

Five fixed-wing aircraft are distributing baits through August 20. Additional distribution efforts in late August and early September in some open areas of Buffalo and in nearby towns and villages.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

You get your hair cut on a regular basis, so why not get your health checked just as often? A barber shop in Niagara Falls is part of an innovative approach to instilling that healthy trend in the community.


New Yorkers who sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act exchanges for individuals will see their premiums rise by an average of 14 percent, now that the Cuomo administration has approved rate increases for insurers in the exchanges.


Transgender New Yorkers should now have a greater chance of getting medical services covered by insurance.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Yet another mark of the University at Buffalo’s expansion into the downtown medical corridor went on display Wednesday with the installation of its logo on the new Main Street medical school building.


NY State of Health

New York State has announced health insurance rates for individuals and small groups in 2018. The result is a premium hike, but not as high as insurers had requested. However, the state said rates will actually decrease after adjusting for inflation and federal tax credits.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The work of high school students in a summer STEM education program came to fruition Tuesday with the presentation of 3D-printed hands for children.


Carly's Club changes name, gains new multi-year sponsor

Aug 15, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

First created by a young girl battling brain cancer, Carly's Club at Roswell Park is taking on a new name. The newly-renamed Courage of Carly Fund has also gained a new corporate sponsor that will help encourage donations to support research and programming for young cancer and blood disorder patients.


New York State is making more changes to its medical marijuana program.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared the opioid addiction crisis a "national emergency." Those welcoming the declaration hope it will soon lead to more federal investment in treatment and prevention programs. Meanwhile, Erie County lawmakers spent time Thursday hearing feedback from agencies, - including some whose funding proposals were turned down - on a plan to spend one million dollars for response programming.


National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

A Buffalo native and University at Buffalo graduate is embarking on innovative research to challenge a disparity in minority health.


WBFO News file photo

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been named a 2017-18 Best Hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report, while three other local hospitals were ranked high-performing. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Bills, in partnership with USA Football, hosted an estimated 250 young athletes, their families and coaches inside New Era Field on Friday to discuss how to increase safety in the game of football.

GBUACO / Lyft

For a group of Medicaid patients in Buffalo, getting to medical care is about to get easier, more efficient, and less expensive. The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization is now partnered with ride-hailing service Lyft to provide its most frequent users of emergency rooms and in-patient care with rides to more appropriate alternatives.


National Public Radio

Experts are warning that the President's threats to "hurt" health insurance companies by withholding federal Cost Sharing Reduction payments could destabilize the marketplace and cause premiums to spike.

Republican Congressman Tom Reed is bucking his GOP President, calling on the Trump Administration to continue making what are known as Cost Sharing Reduction payments, to prevent destabilizing the health insurance marketplace.

Catholic Charities

If your family is expecting a new arrival or has a younger member already running around, your next outing could be a mix of fun and education.

WBFO's Chris Caya

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should veto a bill passed by the New York State Legislature that blocks local governments from billing pharmaceutical companies to dispose of unused prescription drugs. That is the position of Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, who is sponsoring legislation to hold drug companies accountable.

Erie County legislators are still grappling with how to spend a half-million dollars to quickly combat the lethal opioid epidemic.

A new national database released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group shines a light on water quality across the United States - and the results are not good.

Jim Salter/AP / National Public Radio

Planned Parenthood leaders in New York are anxiously monitoring the actions in the Republican-led Congress to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and they say in all versions, their health care centers face big reductions.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It is a disease that does not get much attention, but for those who suffer from Lyme disease or have close family members who do, it is an awful health problem for which they say there is not much help out.


Flickr

The Senate is moving ahead on the repeal and possibly the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and policy makers in New York are bracing for the worst.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

There is an increasingly vocal group in Western New York. Its members are suffering from Lyme disease or are family members of those with the tick-borne disease. They packed an Erie Community College South auditorium Monday night to complain they are not getting the help they need.

Kia Briggs / Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County

As the over-prescription of opioid pain killers continues to plague the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing new legislation to help curb it. In Chautauqua County on Monday morning, Gillibrand announced a new bipartisan bill that would limit initial supplies of opioid prescriptions for short-term acute pain to just seven days.

New York State Governor's Office

The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain in Washington, and there are several scenarios under consideration. The latest possible changes could affect New York’s relatively healthy health care system.


Rally calls on Congress to protect healthcare system

Jul 21, 2017
Michael Mroziak?WBFO News

Nurses, union leaders, elected officials and community advocates gathered at Erie County Medical Center's Long-Term Care facility to blast the Trump Administration and Senate Republican leadership. They say the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with no replacement, will leave many of their patients unable to afford insurance and access to care.

Governor Cuomo defined the conflict over changing the health care laws in Washington as a class struggle, saying it’s all about the rich versus the rest.


WBFO File Photo

New York’s top elected Democrats rallied against the Republican Congress’ proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop it.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County Family Court is receiving more than two million dollars over the next five years to enhance its Drug Court program by making more services to both addicts and their loved ones as they collectively continue through a struggle for treatment and recovery.


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