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News and Highlights

News and Highlights is provided to our visitors as a concise collection of major studies and findings that relate to health care public policy debates on cost, quality and access in New York State. We have provided links for your convenience in pursuing subjects of interest.

Important Health Updates

Plugged In To Health - November 10, 2015

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Plugged In To Health - October 19, 2015

NYSCOP News and Press Releases

News Release: Streamlined Health Insurance Rules are Good News for Consumers
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September 15, 2017

News Release: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY - Reaction to the 2017-18 Executive Budget Proposal
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January 23, 2017

News Release: In 2016 New Yorkers Paid $4.7 Billion in Taxes and Fees on Health Insurance
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January 12, 2017

New York’s End-of-Life Planning Movement Draws Praise and International Interest
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June 13, 2016

The Guaranty Fund is a Hidden Tax on Health Insurance
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March 12, 2016

A Simple Truth: Prescription Drug Costs Are Too High
News Release
January 31, 2016

Statement: Executive Budget Shifts the Costs of the Early Intervention Program from the State and Localities to Individuals Who Purchase Health Insurance
January 25, 2016

Statement: On the demise of Health Republic
January 6, 2016

Runaway Specialty Rx Spending Continues in 2015
October 13, 2015

Curbing Opioid Abuse Starts With Educating Patients and Prescribers Of Risks
August 25, 2015

The Facts About Pharmacies and Prescription Drugs
June 10, 2015

News Release: 2015 Budget Proposal Adds Additional $69 Million in Health Insurance Taxes
February 9, 2015

Look Beyond Your Health Premium (Infographic) (News Release)
October 30, 2014

News Release: Runaway Specialty Rx Spending:A Prescription for Higher Health Care Premiums
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August 29, 2014

News Release: NYSCOP and New York’s business community stands up against bill that will drive up prescription drug costs and reduce the quality of care for consumers
June 12, 2014

NYSCOP statement regarding the out-of-network provision included in the 2014-15 NYS Budget
April 2, 2014

Statement on Out-of-Network Billing
March 24, 2014

A Closer Look at HealthPlan Provider Networks
February 20, 2014

A Taxing Look at Hidden Health Insurance Taxes
January 16, 2014

DON’T FLY WITHOUT A PARACHUTE! Consumers have until March 31 to sign up for 2014 health insurance coverage
January 15, 2014

New Yorkers With Private Health Insurance Will Pay $4.8 Billion This Year in Taxes and Fees on Health Insurance
January 16, 2013

NYSCOP Statement Regarding the Department of Financial Services Investigation into Out-of-Network Medical Costs
March 8, 2011

Governor’s 30-Day Amendments Include Health Tax Increase
March 4, 2011

Medicaid Redesign Team Passes Proposal to Increase Health Taxes
February 28, 2011

NYSCOP Report on Health Insurance Taxes
October 15, 2010

New York’s Privately Insured Pay More Than $4.1 Billion in Taxes and Fees on Health Insurance
August 18, 2010

NYSCOP: Reinstating Prior Approval a Mistake
June 9, 2010

NYSCOP Opposes Bill to Establish Parity between Intravenous and Oral Chemotherapy Treatments
June 2, 2010

Health Insurers Are Vital to New York’s Economy
March 1, 2010

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Relevant News and Information

Health Headlines
For today's daily news summaries, please click on the above link.

Healthy Chat
Empire BlueCross BlueShield provides consumer information on health care insurance.
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Excellus' commercial health plan ranked in top 20 nationally
Democrat and Chronicle
September 21, 2011

Drug legislation sparks opposition
Democrat and Chronicle
August 11, 2011

Independent, mail-order pharmacies battle over drug legislation
August 10, 2011

Initiative aims to attract primary care doctors to Rochester area
Democrat and Chronicle
Posted 7/26/11

Area malpractice insurance rates lowest in state
Democrat and Chronicle
Posted 6/8/11

Excellus BCBS Issues Facts About the Costs of Medical Malpractice Coverage
Ithaca Journal
Posted 6/7/11

Excellus report: Upstate docs pay a lot less than downstate docs for malpractice insurance
Posted 6/7/11

Report: Malpractice insurance rates for area doctors lowest in state
Democrat and Chronicle
Posted 6/7/11

Report outlines differences in medical malpractice premiums

Local efforts key to health savings
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Posted 6/5/11

June 2011 - Empire Newsletters

Capitol Briefings May 2011 Vole 7 No 5

New law takes effect statewide for terminally ill
Posted 2/9/11

Sessions set to explain Excellus Medicare plans
Watertown Daily Times
Posted 2/3/11

Excellus Medicare reps to answer questions
Democrat and Chronicle
Posted 1/28/11

Health care law tough pill to swallow for House members Buerkle and Reed
Gates-Chili Post
Posted 1/19/11

Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Its Foundation Commit Over $1.5M in 2010
PR Newswire
Posted 12/22/10

Excellus grant helps pay for asthma program in schools
Posted 12/13/10

Telethon to aid Rescue Mission
December 2, 2010

WellPoint Pledges More than $6 Million to Charities in November
PR Newswire
December 1, 2010

National Influenza Vaccination Week
News Channel 34
December 2, 2010

National Influenza Vaccination WeekNearly 2 million New York state adults are informal caregivers
Ithica Journal
November 30, 2010

Nearly 2 million New York state adults are informal caregivers
Ithica Journal
November 30, 2010

WellPoint Recognized as a Top Employer by Three National Publications
PR Newswire
November 24, 2010

Help offered with Medicare enrollment
November 17, 2010

Sleep study reveals unrest
November 4, 2010

WellPoint Programs Win Three URAC Awards
PR Newswire
October 13, 2010

White House Will Delay W-2 Insurance Reporting Requirement
Kaiser Health News
October 13, 2010

Urgent care bridges gap between doctor's offices and ERs
Democrat and Chronicle
October 13, 2010

Excellus donates six defibrillators to county
Rome Sentinel
October 12, 2010

Department of Disinformation: Sebelius tells a North Carolina fairy tale.
Wall Street Journal
September 30, 2010

Upstate NY Breast Cancer Facts and Mammography Screening Rates Highlight a New Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Report
September 29, 2010

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield earns in-print award using Kodak Nexpress
What They Think
September 29, 2010

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield breast cancer report
September 29, 2010

Excellus Contracts MedImpact for Pharmacy Benefit Services
Insurance & Technology
September 28, 2010

Save lives, time and money by e-prescribing
Guest column from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
September 28, 2010

September 25, 2010

Kaiser Family Foundation Launches Online Health Reform Source to Explain, Analyze and Track the New Law's Implementation
Kaiser Family Foundation
September 21, 2010

Report: Obesity hurts your wallet and your health
Democrat and Chronicle
September 21, 2010

Blue Cross And Blue Shield Association Develops Federal Policy Recommendations Aimed At Combating Childhood Obesity
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
September 20, 2010

WellPoint Receives Two Diversity Awards
Market Watch
September 10, 2010

Health-Insurance Changes for 2011
Yahoo Finance
September 7, 2010

Excellus: CNY stroke care cost $36 million over three-year period
The Central New York Business Journal
September 1, 2010

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Health Care Publication and Reports

American Medical News
A weekly news magazine published by the American Medical Association for physicians. Visitors to this site may view stories published in the current issue and may browse a listing of featured articles published in past issues. Topics covered include health-care policy making, regulatory issues, market trends, significant business developments in the field of health care, technological developments and other current events of interest to physicians.

Health Affairs
This journal is dedicated to health care policy issues such the cost of health care, access to health-care services, insurance rates and the market behavior of health-care industry participants. Users can download full text copies of articles published in the current issue, search past issues of the journal and browse the Tables of Contents from past issues. Back issues and reprints of articles may be ordered for a fee.

Journal of the American Medical Association
JAMA offers articles discussing medical treatments and procedures, clinical studies, national health-care trends and statistics, and physician-related health-care issues. Users can obtain copies of articles published in the current issue of JAMA in PDF format free of charge and can search the JAMA archives. Abstracts of articles printed in past issues may be read free of charge and full text copies of the articles may be ordered for a fee.

New England Journal of Medicine
The NEJM, sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society, is a nationally known publication offering articles concerning medical treatment guidelines, procedures, clinical studies, and national health-care trends and statistics. Users can browse the current issue or search the Journal archives. Abstracts of articles published in the current issue or past issues may be read free of charge and full-text copies of the articles may be ordered for a fee.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Published by the American College of Physicians, Annals is the leading journal for studies in internal medicine. The publication offers background and discussion of issues that influence both physicians and patients. Visitors to this site may view the full text of articles published in the journal's current issue, browse the tables of contents from past issues and search the Annals archives.
Designed to provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies. Users can search a database by keyword or browse the database of clinical trials according to medical condition or trial sponsor. This site also contains links connecting to sites offering basic information explaining clinical trials, in-depth medical information concerning clinical trials, detailed information concerning NIH-sponsored research and general consumer information related to health care.

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care in the United States
Visitors to this site may access portions of studies pertaining to physician supply, health-care utilization patterns and quality measurement done by the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School. The site also contains a listing of other available publications, software available for use with the Dartmouth data and ordering information.

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