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June 15, 2014

Business briefs: June 15, 2014


An investment-property owner, Weiss has a strong interest in and enthusiasm for real estate and is ready to assist both residential and commercial buyers and sellers.

“Over the years, I have made many contacts in the community and I look forward to utilizing my experience to help others with their real-estate needs,” he said.

“We are excited to have Karl here at RE/MAX North Country,” Broker Tina Calkins Covey said. “He will be a wonderful addition to our already successful office.”

RE/MAX North Country is located at 68 Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh. Weiss can be reached at 563-1200or

Anniversary marked

ELLENBURG DEPOT — LaBarge Agency, Inc., an insurance agency in Ellenburg Depot, recently celebrated its 90th anniversary with Merchants Insurance Group.

The agency, which serves the personal and business insurance needs of Clinton County, joined with Merchants in 1924, but has been in business since 1920.

Merchants is proud to partner with agencies such as LaBarge Agency Inc., which focuses on the client first by matching quality insurance products to their clients’ needs and providing outstanding customer service.

Merchants Insurance Group offers personal and commercial insurance through a network of more than 600 independent insurance agents throughout the Northeast and North Central United States. Its corporate headquarters and regional operations are located in Buffalo.

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Standards exceeded

UTICA — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield paid out $864 million more for medical care on behalf of its insured membership than what federal and state standards required for the first three years of newly required reporting, officials said recently. 

To cap profits and administrative costs of health plans in order to maximize medical benefits to consumers, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and state regulations set certain medical benefit spending levels for insurers. In the third consecutive year of the new rules and reporting, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield well exceeded the standards for the benefit of its membership.

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