Health Headlines for Tuesday, January 8

Court Rejects Trump’s Cuts in Payments for Prescription Drugs

New York Times

A federal court has rejected President Trump’s first major effort to cut payments for prescription drugs, saying the administration went far beyond its legal authority.

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California Businesses, Government Would Join in Drug Buying Pact

Bloomberg

California’s newly sworn-in Democratic governor has proposed using the state’s substantial buying power to drive down pharmaceutical costs, allowing government programs, health insurers and private businesses to join forces to negotiate against drugmakers.

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Democrats Now Control Albany. How Will They Handle 5 Key Issues?

New York Times

It is going to be a big year in Albany.

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Posting hospital prices will not create transparency

Crain’s New York Business

As of Jan. 1, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule requires all U.S. hospitals to post a list of charges for medical procedures online and update it at least once a year. But consumers will still be in the dark about their health care costs.

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US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

AP News

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It’s been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.

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