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Health Headlines for Thursday, April 12

Republicans Couldn’t Knock Down Obamacare. So They’re Finding Ways Around It.

New York Times

The Trump administration has always seen Obamacare as an abominable roadblock to the less regulated insurance market it prefers. Last year, it tried to knock it down and failed.

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Insurers Look to Pass Drug Price Breaks Straight to Consumer

NBC New York

Some major health insurers plan to take a little sting out of prescription drug prices by giving customers rebates at the pharmacy counter.

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New York state to create pilot project to encourage ER docs to prescribe opioid alternatives

Modern Healthcare

State legislators in New York approved $500,000 in funding to a launch a pilot project that aims to get emergency department doctors to prescribe alternative treatments for pain to reduce their use of opioids.

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How insurance is adapting for the modern age

City & State

Insurance isn’t the most exciting product – but if you flop down in front of a TV for very long, you might begin to think otherwise.

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U.S. Heart Disease Rates Falling, But Gains Vary by State

US News

The overall rate of heart disease in the United States has declined 38 percent since 1990, a new report shows.

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CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York resigns

Crain’s New York Business

Dr. Christopher Olivia has resigned from his position as president and chief executive of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the country’s largest nonprofit home-care organization.

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