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Health Headlines for Wednesday, April 4

U.S. Obamacare 2018 exchange enrollment drops 3 percent: CMS


About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, a 3 percent drop from last year when 12.2 million consumers signed up, according to a final government tally released on Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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N.Y. gets pharma to pay up amid opioid epidemic, but concerns linger

Albany Times Union

New York made history this past week when it became the first state to work out a deal to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for at least some of the financial costs of the deadly and growing opioid drug epidemic.

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Medicare Advantage Plans Cleared To Go Beyond Medical Coverage — Even Groceries

Kaiser Health News

Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next year.

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School-based health centers to recoup most of last year’s budget cuts


The state budget for fiscal 2019 allocated $3.8 million to school-based health centers. The funding restored nearly all of the $4 million in cuts last year that had forced some clinics to consider shutting down.

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Virtual Health Care Could Save the U.S. Billions Each Year

Harvard Business Review

The conventional wisdom that the best care is delivered in-person by experienced caregivers may soon be overturned.

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