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Health Headlines for Monday, March 19

Pair of state lawmakers back legislation on prescription drug costs

Rome Sentinel

State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, and state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-119, Utica, have announced their support for a bill that they say will help in fight the high cost of prescriptions.

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New York Insurer Resolves Social Security Number Breach

Think Advisor

Health care provider EmblemHealth has agreed to pay $575,000 to the state of New York to settle allegations that it inadvertently disclosed the Social Security numbers of more than 81,000 people.

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You’ve Heard of Single-Payer. What about All-Payer Health Care?

BU Today

If you want to buy milk, Austin Frakt says, you could check prices at Shaw’s and Costco. Gas? Compare different stations’ prices at the pump.

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Medicare Doesn’t Equal Dental Care. That Can Be a Big Problem.

New York Times

Many people view Medicare as the gold standard of United States health coverage, and any attempt to cut it incurs the wrath of older Americans, a politically powerful group.

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NYS Makes It Easier For Hospitals To Open Detox Beds But It’s Not Clear If They’ll Do So


In an effort to increase access to addiction treatment services in the wake of the opioid crisis, the New York State Health Department is giving hospitals an opportunity to add more in-patient detox beds.

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Where in NY are opioid deaths rising? Surge seen across the state


The number of opioid overdose deaths in New York surged again, growing 29 percent between 2015 and 2016, a report Thursday showed.

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