Health Headlines for Wednesday, February 27

Out-of-pocket price not likely to deter naloxone sales

Crain’s

With opioid overdose deaths topping 40,000 a year in the U.S., expanding access to the overdose-reversing medication naloxone is a top priority in fighting the crisis.

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House Democrats unveil a sweeping ‘Medicare for all’ bill – here’s what’s in it

CNBC

House Democrats introduced a plan to insure all Americans through Medicare, as the push for a sweeping shift to universal health coverage gains more traction ahead of pivotal elections next year.

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Patients face monthslong waits to see specialists at New York City Hospitals

The Wall Street Journal

New York City Health + Hospitals chief Mitchell Katz told members of the City Council during testimony that wait times to see medical specialists at some of the city’s public hospitals can stretch to months, depending on where a person seeks care and incremental staffing changes.

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Cuomo, de Blasio to use marijuana tax to help fund MTA

Crain’s

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a plan that includes the use of city and state revenue from the planned tax on cannabis as one source of funding for the MTA.

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