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Health Headlines for September 23, 2021

Dr. Howard Zucker resigns as New York’s health commissioner

Times Union

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that state health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who helped lead the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, is resigning from his position.

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Hospitals billed $320K for average complex COVID stay

MedPage Today

A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that some 287,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations could have been prevented from June through August via vaccination.

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Medicare expansion clashes with health care for the poor as budget bill shrinks

The New York Times

Under pressure to cut the bill’s cost, Democrats disagree over whether to offer more benefits to older Americans or to cover more of the working poor.

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It’s still the prices, stupid

Medium (Opinion)

David Sandman, President and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation, writes that high prices are the main driver of high health care spending.

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COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

Associated Press

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000.

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