12:22 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Some 53,000 Medicaid recipients in western New York will lose their managed care coverage from BlueCross BlueShield, the Buffalo News reports:
The insurer, which plans to publicly announce its withdrawal from the program today, informed government officials of the move Thursday in a memo that was obtained by The Buffalo News.
“We have incurred losses in excess of $40 million over the past three years in these programs,” Don Ingalls, the insurer’s vice president of state and federal relations, said in the memo. “We have a 20+ year history of supporting these programs and members; however, we cannot continue to do so as the losses ultimately have been funded by other lines of business.”
The move means that Medicaid managed care recipients in Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Wyoming and Allegany counties will have to move to another insurance provider by Oct. 31. BlueCross BlueShield said it would notify Medicaid clients of the withdrawal by the end of August, giving them two months to make the switch.
A spokesman for BlueCross Blue Shield tells the newspaper the decision to drop the patients "really is not driven" by changes to the health-care system under Obamacare, but there's no denying the state of New York's Medicaid rolls have grown substantially since the implementation of the law. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of New Yorkers on Medicaid increased 6.1 percent between July-September 2013 and March 2014. That's more than 340,000 more Mediciad enrollees across the state. .
“I would argue that BlueCross BlueShield now has a lot more clients on Medicaid because of Obamacare, so they would lose a lot more money,” Republican state representative Chris Collins told the News. “I don’t see how they could say that this doesn’t have a connection to Obamacare.”
"I don’t think her opinion would mean that much."8:32 AM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A senior at the University of Buffalo in New York called the $275,000 speaking fee the school paid to Hillary Clinton last year "ridiculous." Local TV station WVIB reported on the former secretary of state's appearance and the fee, which amounted to about 30 percent of the university's $900,000 total speakers' budget for the year.
WVIB reporter Joe Melillo spoke with UB senior Pat McKowne about how much his school paid Clinton.
8:45 AM, Jun 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Fresh off the New York state federal primaries, one conservative group is out with a new ad targeting a top Democratically-held seat. American Action Network, which supported New York state senator Lee Zeldin in his successful House Republican primary victory Tuesday, has a new web ad highlighting Democratic House member Tim Bishop's bottle-rocket buy-off.
7:59 AM, Jun 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Veteran New York congressman Charlie Rangel seems to have held on in Tuesday's Democratic primary. The third-longest serving member of the House has a lead over just about 1800 votes over his top challenger, state senator Adriano Espaillat. Rangel has claimed victory in the primary, although Espaillat has not yet conceded the race.
Elise Stefanik’s bid for Congress.Jun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
"Our health care coverage was canceled as a result of Obamacare. Our premiums have increased 30 percent. We have higher deductibles and less choice.” It’s a story that could be told by millions of Americans and a story that surely will be told in hundreds of campaign ads this fall. What makes these words remarkable is that they aren’t spoken by an average voter, but by a candidate for the House of Representatives.
2:48 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton signed books earlier today at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan. A number of people came out to get their copy of her newly released memoir signed.
"There are roughly 380 people in line at Clinton’s first book signing in New York," CNN claimed.
11:48 AM, Jun 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The new documentary "Alise vs. the Mayor," produced by the Blaze, concludes with its final episode. Shot against the backdrop of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's fight against providing rent-free public school space to charter schools, the film follows young Alise, a Harlem Success Academy scholar. In the final episode, we see the fallout from de Blasio's standoff against a fellow Democrat, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and how this affects Alise.
Watch the episode below:
May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
New York enjoyed a mid-season subway series last week with four games between the Mets and Yankees. Seeing the two teams play every year instead of once in a generation is one of the upsides of Major League Baseball’s recent experiment in inter-league play. But for the hometown TV audience, it means enduring grotesque public-service antismoking ads. New York State promotes nonsmoking by showing gory surgeries, rotting lungs, and a man struggling to breathe: “Dying from smoking is rarely quick . . .
12:23 PM, Apr 14, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Watertown Daily Times reports that Elise Stefanik beat out Matt Doheny to win the endorsement of the Conservative party in New York's 21st congressional district:
State Conservative Party Chairman Michael R. Long said an “overwhelming” 17 out of 19 members of the executive committee supported Ms. Stefanik because they believe she is a “new face” that “can best deliver a solution.”
11:17 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A New York pet store owner has decided not to expand his business because of $100,000 in new costs from Obamacare:
"Everything is on hold. We won't grow. We won't reach that threshold. It is not worth it for us," says pet store owner Matt Sames.
12:41 PM, Feb 21, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations headquarters today for Bloomberg's new role as United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change. At the photo op, the secretary general was effusive in his praise of Bloomberg, even crediting him for transforming New York City into a "carbon-free city" [emphasis added]:
6:01 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Matt Doheny, a House candidate in upstate New York, lost his two previous bids for the seat. His more recent defeat, in 2012, came after photos and video surfaced of Doheny, then engaged, kissing one woman and canoodling with her and another woman outside a Washington, D.C., restaurant. Doheny had been attending a GOP-sponsored candidate workshop in Washington.
12:16 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican investment banker and two-time candidate for Congress Matt Doheny is running again for a House seat in upstate New York. Roll Call reports:
1:53 PM, Feb 10, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Vice President Biden going off unscripted always makes a day more interesting. In his most recent bit of spontaneity, he says what in the mouth of a civilian would be a commonplace observation:
Hosted by Michael Graham.6:30 PM, Jan 21, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Mark Hemingway on the New York City Human Rights Commission's curious case against dress codes at stores run by religious store owners in Williamsburg.