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Health Headlines for Tuesday, April 24

Legislative hearing on aid-in-dying bill attracts big crowds

AP News

Hundreds of people on both sides of the debate over physician-assisted suicide traveled to Albany on Monday for a hearing on legislation that would allow people with a terminal illness to request life-ending medication from a doctor.

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NY, CT Hospitals Rank Among Lowest in Nation for Safety, Study Finds

NBC New York

New York and Connecticut hospitals rank among the worst in the nation when it comes to safety ratings, while New Jersey fared much better, a new report released Tuesday finds.

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Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

AP News

One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won’t cover: methadone.

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4 New Exemptions To The Tax Penalty For Lacking Health Insurance

NPR

There already have been more than a dozen reasons U.S. consumers can use to avoid paying the penalty for not having health insurance. Now the federal government has added four more.

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