Friday Fix: September 8, 2017

New Addiction Treatment Services, Back-To-School Smiles for Kids, and New York's Extended Obamacare Enrollment

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “State offers funding for addiction treatment services, recovery high schools”

This Watertown Daily Times article reports on two new New York State initiatives that aim to expand addiction treatment and recovery services.

The first program will budget $4.5 million for the development of nine “Open Access Centers” across the state. The centers will provide will be open 24/7 to connect community members with addiction recovery services, and the state is currently accepting applications from interested agencies until October 31.

The second program, which is only in its pilot stages, would set up “recovery high schools” — safe, sober alternative learning environments for students in grades 9-12 who are battling addiction. The state is currently accepting information and input from BOCES programs, and nonprofits that partner with BOCES, to help set up two pilot recovery high schools.

To learn more about either of these initiatives, read the full article here.

2. “Youngsters Go Back To School With Healthy Smiles”

This news byte from WWNY-TV7/FOX 28 is short, but very important! According to 7 News, the North Country Family Health Center and Fidelis Care recently teamed up to send several local children back to school with healthy smiles.

Children were brought in to the Family Health Center to get a dental check-up and cleaning, as well as a free fluoride application. The story explains that:

“The idea is to have kids think about their academics next week and not any pain that might be going on in their mouths.”

3. “NY extends Obamacare enrollment beyond Trump’s new deadline”

In this Syracuse.com article, we learn that New Yorkers will have extra time to enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”

Despite President Trump’s administration shortening the enrollment period to end on December 15, the article states that New York’s health exchange marketplace will remain open until January 31, 2018. New York is not the only state to do so; Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia have also extended deadlines.

Click here to read the entire article.

Come back September 22 for the next Friday Fix!

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