Health Headlines for February 3, 2021

New policies allowing legal surrogacy in New York State start February 15

WKBW

New insurance protections and rights for surrogates and parents go into effect in New York State on February 15, 2021.

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Telehealth claim lines up nearly 3,000%: 3 things to know

Becker’s Hospital Review

National telehealth claims were only 0.2% of all claims in November 2019, but a year later they shot up nearly 3,000% to about 6% of claims.

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Empire BlueCross BlueShield CEO on simplifying its offerings, telehealth and AI

Albany Business Review 

Alan Murray says the insurer’s simplified and streamlined offerings are part of a larger plan to modernize the way Empire interacts with customers

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Increasing supplies, White House to send more vaccines to pharmacies

Times Union

The federal government will launch a new effort to send COVID-19 vaccines to pharmacies in “hard-to-reach” communities next week, increasing the availability of supplies in New York.

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Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan has a Medicaid expansion problem

Vox

Millions of Americans are locked out of Medicaid during Covid-19.

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