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Health Headlines for Friday, April 27

New York State Enacted Budget Includes Opioid Legislation


As part of the 2018-2019 New York State Budget, the Governor and the Legislature have agreed to a package of legislation addressing the opioid crisis in New York that includes requiring opioid manufacturers and distributors to help fund treatment programs.

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20 States Seek to Block Obama’s Health Care Law

US News

Likely to change more lives than any other emerging sector

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The fine print of those short-term health plans favored by Trump: Don’t get sick on a weekend

Los Angeles Times

The Trump administration’s most insidious attack on the Affordable Care Act involves its loosening of the rules covering short-term health plans. How insidious?

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Trump expected to hit Medicaid, Medicare with spending cuts package


Congressional leaders say the Trump administration is preparing to propose up to $25 billion in federal spending cuts, which will hit Medicaid and other safety net programs.

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Drug copay groups: Critical patient charities or fronts for drug makers?

USA Today

Copayment assistance groups, created to help patients with the increasingly higher price of drugs to treat medical conditions, are under investigation by federal authorities for possibly skewing the cost of health care to favor drug companies.

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