Daily Archives: June 14, 2013

Airport Cafe to Re-Open June 25th

The Airport Café has been undergoing major re-construction and will re-open on June 25th, just in time for this year’s Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows… The café will be managed by Melissa and Tracy Eulick. Adirondack Regional Airport Manager Corey Hurwich says they’ve completed all of the work on the new…

Advocates Seeking Relief for Surprise Medical Bills

It even happens to New Yorkers who have good health insurance coverage – surprise medical bills that can total tens of thousands of dollars.

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That’s why consumer and health advocates are calling on lawmakers to protect consumers from the unexpected. Joclyn Krevat says she was on life support and clearly in no position to be thinking about out-of-network providers.  Her husband is a New York teacher with good health benefits. She was at a New York hospital, so they figured everything would be OK.  But, about two weeks after she got home they checked the mail.  “I started getting enormous bills,” she recalls. “You know I thought this was a huge mistake, because I went into this thinking I had really good health insurance, but it wasn’t a mistake, this is what they do.” Krevat was hit with more than $70,000 in surprise medical bills because out-of-network doctors saved her life. With the help of Consumer Health Advocates and the State Department of Financial Services, her bill has been greatly reduced, but she believes lawmakers need to pass legislation to protect fellow New Yorkers from surprise medical bills. Chuck Bell with New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage says his organization gets a steady flow of thousands of complaints about unexpected, and often very expensive, medical bills. “We have about 2,000 people every year complaining that they have surprise medical bills,” he says. “We think we need better ground rules in the market place to give consumers fair warning when they’re going to have a bill that’s going to come in much higher than they would expect.  “So, we’ve been talking to the governor and Senate and Assembly leaders about passing legislation to prevent this problem.”

New York lawmakers have already proposed measures that require hospitals to provide patients with information about the network affiliation of doctors. Bell says greater disclosure is needed and New Yorkers should be held harmless if they were not aware providers were not in their network.

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Pew Research Center Surveys LGBT Community

AUDIO – 061413 – LGBT research

A new PEW Research Center survey show life has changed for the better for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. CBS’s Erickson Blakney speaks with PEW’s Paul Taylor about the results.

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No Human Gene Patents for Biotechs

AUDIO – 061413 – Supreme Court ruling on Gene Patents

The Supreme Court on Thursday is unanimous in their decision to throw out attempts to patent human genes. The decision will affect Biotech for years to come.

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Would You Choose Traffic Safety or the Monarch Butterfly?

What do Traffic Safety and Monarch Butterflies have in common – It’s not the traffic signs that’s for sure.. 

AUDIO – 061413 – Harrietstown Board Meeting – Traffic and Butterflies

Believe it or not, In July, It’s a question of Traffic Safety versus the Monarch Butterfly and in the Town of Harrietstown, Public Safety wins..  The Board heard a presentation on just those topics Thursday evening…

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Talk of the Town Friday 6/14/13

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Podcast 7am Friday 6/14/13

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State Senate Votes to Prohibit Novelty Lighters

The State Senate passes a bill promoting fire safety by prohibiting the sale and distribution of novelty lighters including many which have features like music, lights, and toy-like designs. The bill is headed to the assembly and if it passes there, would remove novelty lighters from store shelves

Podcast 6am Friday 6/14/13

WNBZ News 6am Podcast – 061413

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Tri-Lakes Summer Youth Programs

With school coming to an end, Tri-Lakes communities are announcing their summer programs for youth in the region.

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Lake Flower Water Level Rises

The Village of Saranac Lake says it anticipates increases in water levels resulting from abnormally high water conditions in Lake Flower and the Saranac River. “These abnormally high water conditions have the potential for localized limited flooding on low lying residences and businesses adjacent to the Saranac River and in some downstream locations” Village Manager…

Cuomo Touts Emergency Preparedness

Governor Cuomo is pushing legislation that he says will help improve New York State’s ability to coordinate preparation and response for disaster emergencies. The legislation has three parts… One.. to make technical updates to current emergency laws, Secondly it will allow the State to accept certain gifts and donations to assist with emergencies, and thirdly it will help implement the NY-Text emergency alert system which will provide immunity from liability to mobile service provider intermediaries that are acting on behalf of the State in sending emergency alert messages.