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Health Headlines for Tuesday, June 5

New Yorkers don’t want to pay for single-payer

Crain’s New York Business

It turns out New Yorkers aren’t clamoring for a $200 billion tax increase. Yes, that is billion with a “b.”

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NY insurers blame double-digit rate hikes on Trump’s repeal of individual mandate

New York Upstate

Many New York health insurers who sell individual policies say they will need double-digit premium increases next year because of the Trump administration’s repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.

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New York insurers say Congress to blame for rising premiums

Albany Times Union

Most of New York’s health insurers are looking to raise premiums on the individual market next year, an increase they say is necessary now that Republicans in Congress have repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

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Maine Voted to Expand Medicaid. Judge Orders the State to Get Moving.

New York Times

Seven months after Maine voters approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of additional residents, a state judge on Monday ordered Gov. Paul LePage’s administration to stop stonewalling and move ahead with the plan.

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Watchdog report finds surge in Medicare drug spending

The Hill

Medicare spending on prescription drugs has surged in recent years, despite a drop in the number of prescriptions, according to a new report.

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