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Health Headlines for Wednesday, February 7

$500K Will Help Mental Health Agency Fund Telemedicine

US News

New York state is getting a $500,000 federal grant to fund telemedicine projects.

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State Senate passes bill to send health insurers’ corporate tax cut savings to consumers

Albany Business Review (subscription required)

The state Senate defied Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass a measure sending for-profit health insurers’ savings from the federal corporate tax cut back to consumers.

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Stefanik and colleagues urge renewed funding for nonprofit community health clinics

Watertown Daily Times

U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, will join a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers and advocates outside the Capitol today to ask Congress to fund Federally Qualified Health Centers — nonprofit community clinics that saw their funding expire last September.

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Northwell Health has new in-system method of tracking flu


Data analysts and doctors at Northwell Health have created what they call a “flu dashboard” — a high-tech method of tracking people with influenza admitted to the system’s hospitals or treated in its emergency rooms.

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Editorial: No easy cure for opioids

Albany Times Union

Some prosecutors and lawmakers look to more stringent laws to deal with an opioid epidemic.

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