Up Close: Health care coverage

Segment One of UpClose on Sunday, December 8th, 2013.
December 12, 2013 12:40:35 PM PST
While the federal government tries to salvage its health insurance exchange web site, New York and other state run sites are working well.

But many New Yorkers could still lose their coverage, despite the President's promise to intervene.

Is there a cure for ailing ObamaCare, and why is New York's exchange working so much better than the federal government's?

New York has an insured pool of 16 million, and so far more than 48,000 people have enrolled using the site, but about half are opting for Medicaid.

But tens of thousands of New Yorkers also stand to lose their policies because they don't meet the minimum coverage required under ObamaCare.

The president says he will allow insurance companies to extend the cancelled policies for another year, but Governor Cuomo and other states with succesful exchanges are balking.

Joining us with an update on how the health care law is working and its impact on New York State is Lisa Sbrana of the New York State Health Department.

We'll also hear from Dr. Kenneth Davis, the CEO and president of the Mount Sinai health system, which includes three major city hospitals, Mount Sinai, Beth Israel and St. Luke's-Roosevelt.

Also this week, even before the turkey goes into the oven, stores were already luring people with early Black Friday deals for holiday shopping.

So are those deals really worth it?

To help you shop smart this holiday season, we're joined by Mark LoCastro, a shopping expert with Dealnews.com, a deal tracking web site.

Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.