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Excellus BCBS rolls out Medicare plan for local veterans   (access required)

Excellus BCBS rolls out Medicare plan for local veterans

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield will offer a Medicare Advantage plan in 2023 targeting the needs of local veterans.  In addition to $0 premiums and low copays for doctor visits, Medicare Blue Choice Freedom (HMO-POS) includes:  $0 copays for behavioral health visits;  ...

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Federal dollars help Foodlink expand food access in Monroe County (access required)

Foodlink will expand food access for Monroe County families with $1.4 million in proposed federal funds.   Foodlink’s proposal is one of almost 40 projects selected as part of Bring Monroe Back, Monroe County’s plan that will utilize federal funds ...

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International Plaza — The heart of Rochester’s Latinx community

Salsa music plays. The smell of bread, kababs and empanadas waft through the air. Colorful, flowing dresses and skirts catch the eye. For over 50 years, the Puerto Rican Festival has celebrated food, culture, dancing and beauty in downtown Rochester. ...

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Post-pandemic era will provide best opportunity to transform healthcare service delivery model (access required)

Sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future, health and safety concerns will have improved so that Governor Hochul will declare an end to the COVID-related state of emergency in New York. By signifying that sufficient progress has been made in reducing ...

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Ending violent crime requires building trust between police, community (access required)

Rochester has recently been the recipient of many state, federal and private investments that create a true path for transformational change. Governor Hochul, along with our federal delegation including Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and Congressman Morelle, have all made announcements that ...

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Flower City Habitat for Humanity completes its 250th home (access required)

It’s no secret that the benefits of homeownership extend beyond the structure’s four walls.   Owning a home can provide people with more confidence, which can lead to better educational and employment opportunities, as well as more financial independence as ...

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ABC conference: Better health care system critical for Black mothers (access required)

Pregnant women of color are more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications than their white counterparts, regardless of their socioeconomic status, current data shows.   Sherita Bullock, executive director of Healthy Baby Network, said the issue is not the color of the women’s skin.   “Being black ...

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