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Health Headlines for August 3, 2021

NYC to mandate vaccines for indoor restaurants, gyms, performances

Politico NY

The new program to “unlock New York City” will begin August 16, with enforcement set to start September 13, according to City Hall.

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Here’s where the Health Department’s $900M in Covid contracts went

Crain’s NY

Of the roughly $913 million in contracts the state Department of Health has awarded for services to help it during the Covid-19 pandemic, a little more than half is going to only three companies.

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Uninsured or unemployed? You might be missing out on free health insurance


New York’s open enrollment period was extended through December 31, 2021.

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US hits 70% vaccination rate – a month late, amid a surge

Associated Press

The U.S. finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults — a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country.

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A health care giant sold off dozens of hospitals – but continued suing patients

Kaiser Health News

Now many of those institutions are like zombie hospitals — little more than a legal entity still taking patients to court even after being sold to new owners that don’t sue over medical bills.

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