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Health Headlines for Thursday, February 22

Trump Tries to Kill Obamacare by a Thousand Cuts

New York Times

Having failed in its effort to have Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration has been relentlessly trying to destroy the health care law on its own

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North Country Sen. Ritchie questions Department of Health at budget hearing

North Country Now

North Country Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, is calling on the New York State Department of Health to address a number of issues affecting health care in rural regions of our state.

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NYC Officials: We Are On Track To Reduce Opioid Deaths

The Fix

New York City officials say that their plan to address opioid addiction through the Healing NYC program has resulted in fewer deaths in 2017, giving hope that comprehensive efforts can make an impact against opioid addiction.

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Prescription drug spending declined slightly in 2017


Drug spending trends moderated again in 2017, with Eagan-based Prime Therapeutics reporting a slight year-over-year decline in terms of per-member, per-month expenditures on medications.

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Excellus awards $24.2 million to Upstate hospitals

Rochester Business Journal

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield awarded 38 upstate New York hospitals and health centers a total of $24.2 million for quality improvements in 2017.

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