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Nearly one of every $5 spent in the United States goes to health care. That's almost $10,000 per person annually, roughly $2,000 more than second-place Switzerland and twice that of Canada. Despite that spending, the U.S. generally lands at, or near, the bottom of health outcomes for its citizens when the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health releases ranki…

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Those who visit the Buffalo Science Museum on April 24 will have an opportunity to do more than explore exhibits. They also can learn more about NY State of Health, the state’s official health insurance plan Marketplace. Representatives with the State Department of Health will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day to help people learn more about enrolling in a heal…

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Twelve companies will offer individual coverage in a qualified health plan through the NY State of Health insurance exchange for 2019, the same number as a year ago, according to the state Department of Health. The open enrollment period starts Nov. 1 and will continue through Jan. 31. More than 95 percent of enrollees in the state's official health plan marketplace wil…

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Independent Health has named Ann Pentkowski as its new chief financial officer. Pentkowski joined Independent Health in 1997 and has held different roles with the Amherst-based health insurer, most recently as chief network and performance officer. “Ann brings extensive financial, actuarial and underwriting experience, knowledge of Independent Health and the over…

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Nick Peters has spent much of the summer preparing for freshman year at the University of South Carolina, more than 750 miles from his home in Western New York. Two weeks out, he’s already used a school Facebook page to find a roommate with similar interests, learned more about the school hockey and golf club teams, and downloaded the Barnes & Noble app to buy books…

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Ellen Pautler has weathered surgery to fuse most of the vertebrae in her neck. Rheumatoid arthritis sometimes flares in her joints. Her right shoulder doesn't work as well as it used to. Pautler has toyed for five years with the idea of reverse shoulder replacement surgery. Doctors have told her she'll only get one stab at the procedure because they can't go back and do…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council narrowly passed a local law Monday that would allow the city to raise the tax levy if the proposed 2018 budget exceeds the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap. The measure failed last week in a 2-2 tie vote, with Councilman Chuck Gilbert absent. Gilbert's vote helped pass the measure Monday, 3-2. But Gilbert said he'd rescind his yes…

Western New York’s uninsured rate of 3.68 percent is 39 percent lower than the statewide uninsured rate of 6.06 percent and 57 percent lower than the national uninsured rate, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Credit goes to the collaborative environment in Western New York, in which the health systems and the physicians…

A nonprofit health insurer for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), Essential Plan, and other government-sponsored programs will host a pop-up event focused on summer safety Thursday at its downtown office. The free event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at YourCare Health Plan, 446 Main St., near Lafayette Square. Community organizations that w…