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Health Headlines for Friday, March 16

Donna Frescatore to take over as state Medicaid director


Donna Frescatore, who has led NY State of Health — the state’s online insurance exchange — for the last five years, will become the next state Medicaid director, replacing Jason Helgerson when he leaves next month.

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State of Health enrollment increases

Watertown Daily Times

Enrollment in New York’s health insurance marketplace has increased in all counties, according to data released by the state Department of Health last month.

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New York Settles EmblemHealth Breach for $575,000

National Law Review

The recent $575,000 settlement with EmblemHealth signals a push from AG Schneiderman “for stronger security laws and hold[ing] businesses accountable for protecting their customers’ personal data.”

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Brand new opioid treatment administered in Western New York


It’s a first of its kind treatment in the fight against opioids, and on Thursday, doctors at DENT Neurologic Institute administered it in Western New York.

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A Quiet Drug Problem Among the Elderly

New York Times

Despite warnings from experts, older people are using more anti-anxiety and
sleep medications, putting them at risk of serious side effects and even overdoses.

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