New York's health care system is very expensive and doesn't deliver good hospital care. That's according to the New York Public Interest Research Group in a report called "Code Blue: New York Hospitals' Poor Quality Performance."

A new report shows many working American families are spending more and more of their income on health care.

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Re-election came easy for Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins, who beat challenger Renee Zeno by 45 percentage points. With his party now in control of the House of Representatives, Higgins expects quick work on legislation addressing improvements to healthcare and major investment in the nation's infrastructure. As for Republican President Donald Trump, Higgins is calling for more Congressional oversight, but doesn't want his colleagues to become obsessed with investigations. He wants special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation before deciding what should be done next.


As employment has grown across the country, the rate of healthcare related jobs in New York State have outpaced all other fields.


State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is warning New Yorkers that proposed federal funding cuts could affect the health care for millions of state residents.

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Progress continues in the construction of Jericho Road’s third community health center, expected to open this summer in the heart of Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.

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Sen. John McCain may, once again, be the savior of President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

The Arizona Republican announced in a statement on Friday that he opposes the latest GOP legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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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.

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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.

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They say they best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That could explain why so many salesmen pitch products to clients over dinner and drinks. But what happens when that client is the person you trust with you and your family’s health? One Buffalo resident is shining some light on how pharmaceutical representatives feed your doctor and how it impacts drug sales.


It's an election year and, as often is the case, healthcare is a high political priority. That inevitably leads to a comparison of healthcare between the U.S. and Canada, where universal government-funded healthcare has been around for more than half a century. WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk has more on one upstate New York doctor who moved north.

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A report released Thursday by the Erie County Medicaid Inspector General’s Office shows a rise in Medicaid enrollment in Erie County under the Affordable Care Act.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated National Senior Citizens Day with a visit to some of the area’s older residents.

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The University at Buffalo has received a prestigious recognition from the National Institutes of Health, a four-year $16 million Clinical Translational Science Award.

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With a focus on the region's large and diverse refugee population, a summit was held Thursday to address the challenges new residents face accessing healthcare. It was hosted by UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions.

NYS health enrollment extended due to November snow

Dec 15, 2014
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If you haven’t enrolled in the New York State Health Exchange yet, the deadline has been extended a few days. The original cut-off for January 1, 2015 enrollment was December 15, but the state moved the date to December 20, 2015 due to the November snow storm.

Officials break ground on new Children's Hospital

Oct 8, 2014
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A groundbreaking ceremony took place on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The $270 million facility will replace Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Bryant Street.

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A new report released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is highlighting the effectiveness of the Health Care Bureau Helpline. The toll-free service has assisted more than 20,000 New Yorkers, 189 of which were Erie County residents.

Legislation to keep veterans childcare program open

Oct 1, 2014
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A free childcare service at the Western New York VA Hospital slated for closure at the end of last month will remain open. Congressman Brian Higgins announced Wednesday the final approval of legislation to keep the service available through December 2015.

Vets upset at planned closure of VA childcare center

Sep 16, 2014
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A free childcare service offered at the Western New York VA Hospital is set to close by the end of the month. Local veterans says the closure of the Kids Korner Child Care Waiting Room will make it difficult for many to receive treatment.

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The VA of Western New York Healthcare System held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly renovated Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service Department Thursday.

New Health Mall opens on Buffalo's East Side

May 2, 2014
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A first-of-its-kind Health Mall has opened in Buffalo Friday. Local officials were joined by community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility located at 1500 Broadway.

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ECMC showed off its new $15 million ambulatory surgery center Monday with two operating rooms in a new building on the Grider Street campus.

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The Innovation Trail is looking at how refugees have weaved their way into upstate New York's changing economy.

New CEO takes the reins at HealthNow

Aug 1, 2013
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As the health insurance industry faces historic reforms under the Affordable Care Act, the area's largest health insurer is welcoming a new president and CEO.

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It's back to the bargaining table Wednesday for Kenmore Mercy Hospital and the union representing its Registered Nurses. The nurses voted down their latest offer and are working without a contract.