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Health Headlines for Wednesday, July 18

NY’s soaring employer-sponsored health insurance costs among nation’s highest

New York Upstate

Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums increased 10 percent in New York last year, making the state’s coverage costs among the nation’s highest, according to an Albany think tank.

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States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies

Associated Press

A workaround by states to counter Trump administration cuts to Affordable Care Act subsidies has largely succeeded in protecting consumers from higher costs, California and 17 other states said.

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Medicaid Under The Influence: How Drugmakers Sway Medication Options For Patients


Eight months pregnant, the drug sales representative wore a wire for the FBI around her bulging belly as she recorded conversations with colleagues at a conference in Chicago. Her code name? Pampers.

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These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say


The growing use of anti-anxiety pills reminds some doctors of the early days of the opioid crisis.

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FDA eyes new ways to lower some drug costs and boost consumer access


In its latest bid to address health care costs, the Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance that offers suggestions for drug makers seeking to switch their prescription medicines to a so-called non-prescription status.

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Centivo Raises $34 Million to Create Primary Care-Focused Health Plan

Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Centivo Corporation has raised $34 million in Series A funding to develop a novel type of employer-sponsored health plan centered on primary care.

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Report: Tennessee 4th-worst state to live in U.S.

CNY Central

A CNBC report claims Tennessee is the 4th-worst state to live in the United States.

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