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Health Headlines for Thursday, June 21

More Than 17 Cents of Each State Revenue Dollar Goes to Medicaid


A post-recession spike in the portion of states’ own money spent on Medicaid health care coverage for low-income Americans persisted in fiscal year 2016. Nationwide, Medicaid consumed 17.1 cents of every state-generated dollar that year, 4.9 cents more per dollar than in fiscal 2000 and the largest percentage since that year.

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Oscar to expand individual health insurance to more states


Oscar Health, which began selling individual health insurance in New York for the 2014 launch of the Obamacare exchanges, on Thursday announced plans to expand into Florida, Michigan and Arizona next year, even as the Trump administration seeks to undercut that marketplace with cheaper insurance products.

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Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan announce CEO of their health care company

CNN Money

Dr. Atul Gawande, a renowned surgeon and writer, has been named CEO of the new health care venture.

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Gawande to Head Health Venture of Berkshire, Amazon, JPMorgan

Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. named prominent surgeon and researcher Atul Gawande as chief executive of their new venture that aims to overhaul workers’ health care.

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New York, Massachusetts Attorneys General to Sue Trump Administration over Health Care


New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, alongside Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey have announced they will sue the Trump Administration over its Association Health Plans.

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Use artificial intelligence to rein in health care costs (Commentary)

Syracuse Post Standard

This number stems from two issues: high drug prices and expensive visits to specialists.

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Obesity Rates Higher in Country Than City

New York Times

Obesity is more common in rural areas than in cities in the United States, two new studies have found.

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