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Health Headlines for Tuesday, March 6

UnitedHealthcare Says It Will Pass on Rebates From Drug Companies to Consumers

New York Times

In response to growing consumer frustration over drug prices, UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, said on Tuesday it will stop keeping millions of dollars in discounts it gets from drug companies and share them with its customers.

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New York eyes coverage for in vitro fertilization

Democrat & Chronicle

New York is eyeing whether to require insurers to cover in vitro fertilization treatment for women struggling with infertility.

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Amherst joins NYS lawsuit against opioids manufacturers

WBFO 88.7

Amherst is joining local governments that are suing opioid manufacturers. The lawsuit argues the legal drugs are not only costing governments money, but lives.

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Another Voice: Albany’s spending addiction has Cuomo pushing new opioid tax

Buffalo News

New Yorkers already face the nation’s highest tax burden, but that isn’t stopping Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo from coming up with new and creative ways to separate taxpayers from their income. In fact, Cuomo has decided to exploit a national tragedy with his latest tax hiking gambit.

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Expanding Immigrant Access to Health Care in New York

Gotham Gazette

In January of 2017, after living in this country for 17 years, I was able to access health insurance for the first time in my life.

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New flu cases in North Country and New York State down, but vigilance still recommended

North Country Now

The number of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases has decreased, said a recent press release from the governor’s office.

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