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The health care bill unveiled in the U.S. Senate Friday retains provisions that relate to New York's Medicaid program.

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. The long-awaited plan marks a big step toward achieving one of the Republican Party's major goals.

Republicans in both the House and the Senate are considering big cuts to Medicaid. But those cuts endanger addiction treatment, which many people receive through the government health insurance program.

President Trump's proposed budget, released Tuesday, calls for a major reworking of the nation's social safety net for low-income Americans. It would impose more stringent work requirements and limits on those receiving aid, including disability and food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. It would also give states more control of, and responsibility for, such spending.

Anti-poverty advocates have vowed to fight the budget plan, which requires congressional approval to go into effect.

President Trump's full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, to be released Tuesday, calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education. The cuts would be spread across K-12 and aid to higher education, according to documents released by the White House.

None of this can be finalized without Congress. And the political track record for Presidents who want to reduce education funding is not promising, even in a far less poisoned atmosphere than the one that hovers over Washington right now.

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Without debate or discussion Thursday, Erie County legislators recognized county fiscal realities and voted unanimously to ask Albany to extend much of the county's sales tax authority.

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The Trump Administration's budget proposal is a threat to many programs important to Erie County's residents. What's in and what's out of the budget was the theme for a meeting Tuesday night in Hamburg High School.

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New York State will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan Monday.

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The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act looms this evening, and some of New York’s representatives are still on the fence. New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is hoping to change that.

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A provision to shift Medicaid health care costs in New York from counties to the state as part of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act by Congress is meeting with a cool reception from state leaders.

The bill that House Republicans unveiled yesterday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act includes significant changes to how Medicaid, the government insurance program that covers low-income Americans, is funded.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott), Washington correspondent with our partners at STAT, about the proposed changes.

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Nearly a third of Erie County residents are on Medicaid and the number is rising at an average 4 percent annually, according to the latest numbers from the County's Medicaid Inspector General. The report also shows numbers that contradict what the Inspector General says are some of the misconceptions about Medicaid and who is using it.

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Federal auditors say New York improperly used as much as $150 million in grants to set up its insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's health care law and enroll people for coverage.

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A local health insurer is reporting that a data breach could have exposed personal information from local subscribers.

If you are in an auto accident, you may start worrying about paying the medical bills before you arrive at the hospital. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Leonard Zaccagnino talks about how those bills are paid.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Assembly has proposed Medicaid coverage for "high needs" state prison and local jail inmates starting 30 days before their release.

Mental health groups say they are being left out of a massive reshuffling of the state’s Medicaid program, and  that people with mental illness transitioning back to their communities will suffer.

Many people worry about the cost of nursing home care through Medicaid costing them their house.

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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.

Over 1 million more New Yorkers on Medicaid

Jul 19, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York has added 1.1 million people to Medicaid since the state health exchange opened last year in the national effort to connect the uninsured with low-cost coverage.

Upstate NY CEO poll shows good outlook for 2015

Jan 26, 2015
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A poll of upstate New York CEOs finds companies are more positive and prepared to do business in the coming year.

Many people worry about the cost of nursing home care through Medicaid costing them their house. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Richard Rosso talks about planning ahead to preserve your assets.

If you worry about losing your home because of future Medicaid nursing home costs, there are financial planning techniques you can use. Lawyer Laura Jabrucki talks about the issue on this week's edition of You & The Law.

BlueCross BlueShield drops local Medicaid program

Jul 22, 2014

Thousands of people across the region will soon have to find a new Medicaid provider. BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York is getting out of the business.

For decades, Medicaid and welfare have been the bane of local government budget makers, with the local share putting pressure on taxpayers directly or indirectly.

For those who need Medicaid help in their later years, it has always been a complicated process to get help paying for nursing home care. Attorney Charles Beinhauer says that process has become even more complicated.

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A state database of spending on Medicaid is giving Erie County officials an eye-opening look at poverty across the county.

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New York State is joining a number of states in attempting to save health care dollars by encouraging patients to get healthier.

The study will involve nearly 17,000 Medicaid recipients. Each will receive a $250 debit card to spend on healthier lifestyle choices. The 5 year study will show if it is cheaper to fend off health issues instead of paying for them after they occur.

New York State spends more than $1 billion per week on Medicaid.

Assistance requests on the rise in Erie County

Sep 18, 2012
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Erie County's Department of Social Services is dealing with an increase in requests for assistance.

From August of 2011 through the end of August 2012, applications for Medicaid increased by 1,028 to 28,237.

The county received an additional 580 requests for homeless assistance.

Food stamp requests through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or "SNAP," increased by 1,213.

In a written statement, County Executive Mark Poloncarz  called the numbers "a reason of concern to everyone in Erie County."