Michelle Faust

Steve Howard is in good spirits, because today he qualified for health insurance for the first time in 37 years.  He’s one of 47 people who attended a two-day open house run by Monroe County’s largest navigator agency.

Where the Jobs are Plentiful, But the Workers are Not

Sep 26, 2013

On this edition of Need to Know Rochester:

  • Uninsured Monroe County residents can start shopping for health insurance on October 1st. The experts break down what folks need to know about the new health exchanges.
  • Jobs are plentiful in the building trades and advanced manufacturing field, but a skilled workforce in this arena is lacking. We look at how vocational schools can help fill in the gap.
  • Some of the key players in the Fringe Festival performance, Anomaly, stop by the WXXI Studios to talk about the message behind their multi-art show.
  • We’ve got the details on a computer program that can help improve your social skills. It was developed by a new University of Rochester faculty member.

WXXI’s Bob Smith talks with attorney Kate Saracene a specialist in health and employee benefit law at Nixon, Peabody and Fran Weisberg, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, about the impact of today’s Supreme Court decision essentially sustaining the entire health care reform law with only one minor exception (removing financial penalties from state governments that don’t implement it completely).

Here is a round up of statements reacting to Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that upholds the legality of the Health care Reform legislation.

Louise Slaughter, (D) Rep. NY 28th District:

Some Musicians are Singing the "Healthcare Blues"

Jun 27, 2012

 Many artists say finding affordable health insurance is like trying to find a guitar pick in a haystack. WXXI's LeShea Agnew reports on how local artists are coping with the high cost of monthly premiums on a less than stable income.

Co-Pay Relief

May 21, 2012

More than 400 physical therapists from around New York are joining forces to create legislation that will place a cap on high co-pays. 

According to healthcare officials, it's not uncommon for specialist co-pays to be $50 per visit and physical therapy care usually requires 10 or 12 sessions per month.

Matt Hyland is the President of the New York Physical Therapy Association. He  says  high co-pays are placing an unfair burden on patients.