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Health Headlines for Thursday, June 7

19 business organizations form coalition opposing single-payer health system

Albany Business Review

Nineteen business organizations have formed a coalition to oppose starting a single-payer health care system in New York state.

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Snap Poll: Majority oppose single-payer health care

Rochester Business Journal

tate Assemblyman Harry Bronson, D-Chili/Rochester, is one of a number of New York Democrats supporting a bill that’s in front of the state Senate Health Committee that would create a single-payer health system for New York. Bronson promoted the bill at a town hall meeting in Rochester last month. “It’s shifting it from an employer-based system to …

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HHS To Allow Insurers’ Workaround On 2019 Prices

Kaiser Health News

Federal officials will not block insurance companies from again using a workaround to cushion a steep rise in health premiums caused by President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a program established under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday.

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Alex Azar, Health Secretary, Denies Sabotaging Insurance Markets

New York Times

Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, denied on Wednesday that Trump administration policies were driving up health insurance costs, which many experts expect to surge again in 2019.

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To get around pharmacy gag rules, ask about drug costs

Associated Press

“Do you have prescription insurance?” It’s one of the first questions consumers hear at the pharmacy counter, and many hand over their insurance cards in the hopes of getting a good price. But sometimes using insurance can actually cost more — and even prevent the pharmacist from saying so.

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