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>Independent Health, Lifetime Health link up

People with insurance through Independent Health will soon be able to use the Lifetime Health Medical Group medical centers in Buffalo and Rochester, officials announced.

The agreement will expand Independent Health's physician network to include the doctors who work at Lifetime's centers. The change will take effect when the Lifetime physicians are credentialed to provide care to Independent Health members, a process to be completed over the next several weeks.

"This agreement gives Lifetime Health an exciting opportunity to offer its services to a greater number of people," said Dr. Cynthia Ambres, president of the medical group.

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>Canceled meeting leaves budget's fate in limbo

BATAVIA -- Four days before the start of the city's new fiscal year, Batavia's $22.7 million budget remains in limbo following the cancellation of Monday's City Council meeting.

City Manager Matthew W. Coppler said only five of the nine Council members -- one shy of a quorum -- planned to attend.

The spending plan was defeated two weeks ago in a 4-4 party-line vote. Councilman Daniel P. Snyder, a Republican, was absent.

A proposal to add a neighborhood development coordinator to the city's payroll also has been sidelined.

Coppler said no special meeting is planned later this week. The budget calls for a 5 percent property tax increase, the first in four years. If no other budget is adopted by Saturday, the proposed budget will take effect automatically.

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