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Health Headlines for Monday, October 16

Trump Obamacare move seen harming Americans, bipartisan prospects


U.S. President Donald Trump will hurt low-income Americans by doing away with Obamacare subsidies and make it harder for him to engage in bipartisan talks with Democrats as Congress edges toward a possible government shutdown, lawmakers said on Sunday.

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Trump’s decision to end cost-sharing could mean blow for N.Y.

Albany Times Union

What will an end to the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to insurance companies mean in New York?

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Loss of Obamacare subsidy endangers health coverage for 19,000 area people

Buffalo News

New York’s Essential Plan – which offers low- cost health insurance to more than 19,000 people in metro Buffalo and more than 665,000 statewide – faces a grave future thanks to President Trump’s late-night move to stop paying Obamacare insurers their federal subsidies starting next Wednesday.

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Medicare open enrollment has begun: What you need to know

USA Today

Older or disabled Americans with Medicare coverage have probably noticed an uptick in mail solicitations from health insurance companies, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for the annual Medicare open enrollment.

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Empire BlueCross’ Medicare Advantage Plans in New York Receive 4-Star Rating from CMS

Business Wire

Empire BlueCross (Empire) today announced that heading into next year, Empire’s 2018 Medicare Advantage HMO plans will be rated four stars – with five stars being the best rating – by the Medicare Star Ratings program issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Empire offers these plans in 15 counties throughout New York.

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