Updated 06/16/2012 05:18 AM
$26 Million to go to Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
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New York State Senator Charles Schumer announced that he has secured more than 26 million federal tax dollars for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.
The funding will be used to improve primary care in order to decrease the number of emergency room visits.
The grant money will go towards hiring care coordinators to work in physician offices, monitor medications, and manage chronic illnesses. The hope is that patients do not wind up in the emergency room for a condition that could have been treated or prevented by a primary care physician.
"We’ve all heard the stories of the mother who has a kid who has a sore throat and goes to the emergency room and healthcare is billed hundreds and hundreds of dollars. This makes no sense. This grant will allow appropriate doctors to be available and on-call when your kid needs to see a doctor," said Senator Schumer.
The new healthcare plan, which will begin in six months, will bring 76 new jobs to the Rochester area.