Health Headlines for September 7, 2021

Excellus launches health equity awards for communities of color

Auburn Citizen

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield invites nonprofits in Cayuga County and elsewhere in upstate New York to apply for its new Health Equity Awards.

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Empire BlueCross BlueShield joins Crain’s NY Business for the 2nd year to name the 25 “Whole Health Heros”

WFMZ

Empire and Crain’s are continuing this program to honor and celebrate individuals who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the safety and wellness of New Yorkers by making a difference.

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Health insurance coverage stable in 2020, despite pandemic

MedPage Today

Rates of health insurance coverage remained mostly stable during the pandemic, with an estimated 1.6 million more Americans gaining coverage in 2020, according to the CDC.

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Pfizer Covid booster shots will likely be ready Sept. 20, but Moderna may be delayed

CNBC

The Biden administration has announced plans to offer third doses to people who received the Pfizer and Moderna shots, pending approval from public health officials.

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Visualizing how fast the pandemic is getting better or worse, state by state

STAT

Acceleration is a measure of the change in velocity, in other words how fast something is speeding up or slowing down.

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Nevada leans into ‘public option’ coercion

American Enterprise Institute

Without coercion, public option plans either lose their premium advantage over private coverage or else the networks of providers willing to accept lower fees become too narrow to be appealing.

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