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Health Headlines for January 28, 2021

Biden to reopen online health insurance marketplace, ease Medicaid rules


Biden has vowed to restore full access to the site, which provides a way to get to a federal exchange offering healthcare insurance.

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New York underreported COVID-19 nursing home deaths by as much as 50%, AG report says

Times Union

The 76-page report follows a months-long investigation by the attorney general’s office’s into allegations of patient neglect.

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Open BXRx: The Whole Health Report


Dr. Craig Hersh and Jasmyn Rosales discuss underlying health conditions and COVID-19. Sponsored by Empire BlueCross BlueShield.

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Excellus BCBS, healthcare providers to offer nurse telehealth visits for new parents

Rochester Business Journal

ROC Family Connects will provide parents of newborns free telehealth visits with a registered nurse from the child’s primary care practice.

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State investigates drug price spikes during pandemic

Crain’s New York

DFS is investigating six drug manufacturers over significant price spikes on medications related to Covid-19.

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Public option won’t serve the public

The Hill

With the public option, Washington will be in a position to dictate both medical care as well as medical pricing. The federal government will thus determine both supply and demand.

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