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Without much fanfare, Massachusetts launched a new era of health care shopping last week.

Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section. For the first time, health care prices are public.

Four area hospitals face penalties for the number of Medicare patients that check back in within a month after certain conditions and procedures. This is the case for 80% of New York hospitals.

This is the third consecutive year the federal government has cut Medicare reimbursements—up to a 3% maximum. The average penalty in New York State is 0.73%.

Officials for the New York State Health Exchange say 27 million dollars will go to help assist residents connect with insurance—the same amount as last year. The state health department says it’s ready for the second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act — starting November 15th.

An infectious disease specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center says that facility is prepared if a patient should come in with symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has released a report on vaccination rates.

It suggests upstate residents are more likely to get the flu or other vaccine-related illness compared to other state residents.

The state department of health plans to launch a Spanish-language website in the upcoming open enrollment. National observers recommend that New York learn from mistakes made on the federal Spanish language website.

One provision of the Affordable Care Act makes the payments pharmaceutical companies give to medical professionals public.

The federal government released data Tuesday under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

Average Premiums and Drug Deductibles Upstate New York

A deductible is the yearly amount members pay for their medical services before their care becomes a co-pay with their insurer.

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Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Health Insurance, Premiums, Upstate New York

The average premiums for different levels of health insurance can vary widely depending on which New York County you live in, according to research prepared for WXXI's Understanding The Affordable Care Act reporting project.

In some cases the differences in the cost of monthly premiums can vary by as much as $100 depending on the region.