The 2013 legislative session is nearing its end in Albany, but Environmental Advocates of New York is holding out hope that several environmental measures will make it to the Senate floor for a vote. Deputy Director David Gahl said there is legislation concerning hydro-fracturing, climate change and child safety ready for an “up or down”…
It even happens to New Yorkers who have good health insurance coverage – surprise medical bills that can total tens of thousands of dollars.
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.
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.
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.
The Senate Armed Services Committee has rejected legislation that would have sidelined military commanders in sexual assault cases, a plan authored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand which had bi-partisan support.
A famous singer is now a spokeswoman for the “Audio Books” industry. Janis Ian explains, in this interview with CBS News Correspondent Dan Raviv
CBS’s Dan Raviv takes a look at the latest opinion poll on the government’s counter-terrorism surveillance program.
The Senate is expected to pass their version of the farm bill tonight (Monday 6/10/13) but it’s prospects remain uncertain in the House. Correspondent Bob Fuss has a preview plus Congressman Owens gives us his take on where the vote in the House may go.. and a bonus.. Fuel prices in the united states remain steady but there is volatility from place to place.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, says regulations on wines and craft beverages in New York are creating a burden for producers.. and she is seeking a provincial sales tax exemption for all wine and craft beverages grown and produced in New YorkState. Gillibrand tells WNBZ “Burdensome trade regulations are holding New York back from selling these products…
Governor Cuomo says Tax-Free NY,” a game-changing initiative that will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state.
The Mississippi Freedom Trail dedicates a marker on the site of the infamous 1963 Woolworth Store “Sit In” on Capital Street in Jackson this week. Erickson Blakney tells the story.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is Leading One-Third of the Senate in Calling to Protect Critical Food Assistance for Community’s Most Vulnerable. Gillibrand says the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill will drop $4.1 Billion dollars in Food Stamps for Veterans, and Seniors.
The Senator in an email to WNBZ says she’s deeply disappointed with the bill’s drastic cuts… “Just as important as the health of our agriculture industry, she says is the health and nutrition of our children and families.”
She continues by saying Families who are living in poverty – hungry children, seniors, troops and veterans who are just trying to figure out how to keep the lights on and put food on the table were not the ones who spent this nation into debt and the Senate should not be trying to balance the budget on their backs. They deserve better from this Congress than they’re getting she says.
Saranac Lake says “Don’t count your chickens until you have all the ducks in a row” but Tupper Lake is already there. They just have to wait 20 years. More to do about nothing and the livestock and chicken population inside village limits..
Starting June 1st, The Village of Tupper Lake will restrict watering of lawns and gardens.. Mark Robillard says No Watering of Lawns will be permitted on Mondays and then from Santa Clara Avenue Uptown in Tupper Watering will be permitted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and From Santa Clara Downtown to the Junction watering will be…
If you live on a state highway in Saranac Lake, fixing your sewer line to the street could be more expensive than you might think.. In fact, it could be as much as $20,000 more expensive. Dr Neil Miller owns property at 88 Church Street. He and his family find themselves in a difficult and expensive situation following the collapse of their sewer line which connects to the church street line..
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Washington, DC – This week, the House Agriculture Committee approved its version of the Farm Bill, moving the legislation to the floor for consideration of the full House of Representatives. Congressman Bill Owens, who has long advocated for the Farm Bill to move forward, praised the bipartisan effort and called on his colleagues to swiftly…
A hearing is scheduled in the Village of Saranac Lake to discuss a local law which would temporarily restrict the housing of livestock until the board can formalize a policy which falls in line with the comprehensive plan.
Saranac Lake Village Trustee Barb Rice announces her intention to run for the seat vacated by outgoing Legislator Tim Burpoe.
Joanne Caswell is Executive Director of Families First… She tells the Essex County Board of Supervisors May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. At a recent Essex County Meeting, Caswell says 21% of children age 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental health or addictive disorder.. and she says “Unfortunately 79% of those don’t receive any services so the stigma associated with mental health is still here with parents and their kids”
The Tupper Lake Committee working on plan for the new Emergency Services Building will be watching the polls today at the Goff Nelson Library. Voters will answer yes or no to the referendum which asks “Can the Village of Tupper Lake borrow up to $3.2 Million towards construction of a new emergency services building on…