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Affordable Care Act

There are several unanswered questions about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act - including what it means for special education students. As the new health bill stands right now - it would cut assistance to children in special ed. We’ll break down the potential changes.

Plus, you'll experience a world unfamiliar to many through the lens of deaf artists. Learn how local talent is awakening our understanding of their lives through their work.

Most of the area members of Congress split along party lines on the health care vote that passed in the House on Thursday; Republicans Chris Collins and Tom Reed voted for the measure, Democrat Louise Slaughter voted against it.

But Republican John Katko of Syracuse, whose district includes Wayne County, was one of only two Republicans in the state to vote against the bill.  (Dan Donovan of the NYC area was the other)

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the area’s largest HMO, has reported its financial results for last year.

The company saw net income of  nearly $100 million, which was higher than last year. Officials say that income number is 1.7 percent of its overall $6 billion in premium revenues for 2016.

Officials say administrative costs to run the business declined for the second year in a row.

Republicans are rapidly preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Donald Trump said this week that it would be replaced with a program that would cover all Americans at a lower cost. Assuming this is impossible, there are significant questions about what the replacement for the ACA will be.

Our panel discusses what they know, what they don't, and what they think the big questions are regarding the next iteration of American health care. WXXI health reporter and producer Karen Shakerdge helps lead the discussion, along with our panel:

  • Dr. David Topa, pediatrician at Pittsford Pediatric Associates
  • Andrew Graupman, archaeologist concerned about losing health insurance
  • Dr. Brendan O'Connor, primary care physician at Unity Family Medicine at Chili Center

One of the first physicians to recognize AIDS in the United States, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, is visiting Rochester on Thursday, November 19. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1973 and did his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gottlieb will give a presentation titled "HIV/AIDS, from Beginning to End" at the University of Rochester. He gives a preview of that talk on Connections, and we talk about a new study that could be a bridge to an AIDS vaccine. Our guests:

  • Michael Gottlieb, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • Steve Dewhurst, Ph.D., vice dean for research, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Michael Keefer, M.D., head of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, University of Rochester Medical Center

New York State officials are taking additional action which they say is designed to protect consumers impacted by problems involving an organization that was serving some people who use New York’s Health Exchange.

One of the actions affecting a health cooperative called Health Republic is extending the enrollment deadline that customers of that organization have to pick a new insurance carrier.

ALBANY (AP) New York's health exchange reports connecting 2.1 million residents to health coverage following its second open enrollment period, including 89 percent who said they were uninsured when they applied.

Exchange Executive Director Donna Frescatore says the second year's enrollment built on the first year's base.

The League of Women Voters is hosting a  public forum on the Affordable Care Act Monday night, but first, the panelists join us in studio to talk about all things ACA.

  • Sarah Liebschutz, Professor Emerita, SUNY Brockport, and LWV-RMA member
  • Bryan Hetherington, Empire Justice Center
  • Kim Wynn, Coordinated Care Services
  • Christine Wagner, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

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