Health Insurance

Univera Healthcare

As the new presidential administration continues to push forward on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies are left wondering what the future of their industry will look like. Art Wingerter, President of Buffalo-based Univera Healthcare, said even with dozens of position papers crossing his desk on what could happen, there’s no true insight into what will happen.

Open enrollment is here. Now what?

Nov 2, 2016
Karen Shakerdge / WXXI News

You may have heard a few different numbers regarding insurance costs rising for 2017. Not all states have the same rate increases. In New York, plans are going up an average of 17 percent.

Not sure what these changes in premium costs mean for you? Or what you need to do if you're already on a health plan through the exchange? Wondering if you need to bother with the exchange if you get health insurance through your employer? 

WXXI's Karen Shakerdge sat down with Lisa Ball, staff attorney at Legal Assistance of Western New York, specializing in health, to learn more.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A not-for-profit health insurance provider that serves low-income people eligible for government assistance has opened an office on Main Street, and has ambitious plans to sign up new members over the next year.

New York tightens up mental health coverage

Jul 31, 2016
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says there will be zero tolerance for insurance companies who try to shirk their obligations.

Governor creates heroin/opioid task force

May 11, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a task force aimed at ending what he called a crisis of heroin and opioid addiction continuing to plague families and communities in New York. At the same time, his Attorney General is urging those who have been denied health insurance coverage for addiction treatment and mental illness to contact his office for help.


You may have recently started to hear the term “mental health parity.” It refers to federal and state requirements for insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment as they would any other medical condition. Insurers haven’t always complied. As Michelle Faust reports, state lawmakers' recent actions intend to take hurdles from insurance out of the long path to recovery from addiction.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Health experts led a forum Friday morning on Buffalo's Darwin Martin campus, where they discussed the advantages of preventive health care, to both the individual and the community.

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Research on a proposal for universal healthcare in New York says the benefits of a single-payer insurance system would reach beyond the economy. Advocates and opponents of the bill agree on that that note, but in very different ways.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A panel discussion on health care reform was held at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York headquarters Friday. The session aimed to address the present and future of health care as session two of the Affordable Care Act launches with open enrollment on November 15th.

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The Town Board in Amherst has approved a lifetime perk for a Town Justice based upon his personal plea.

Judge Mark Farrell and his wife will receive lifetime health insurance coverage, though town policies explicitly exclude such coverage as a possible benefit. In a closed session, Farrell argued before the board that he was verbally granted the coverage when he became Town Justice in 1994. No records or evidence of that agreement exist, but Board members contend that Farrell was convincing in his argument.

The annual cost to the town will be $9,000.