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Health Headlines for October 5, 2021

Bad Rx: An emergency order by Gov. Hochul on health care staffing has an unfortunate provision

NY Daily News

Editorial Board: What we can’t support is Hochul suspending insurance companies from challenging hospital bills before paying them, a process known as utilization review.

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Insurers question Hochul’s suspension of prior authorization

Crain’s NY

The executive order requires hospitals to certify to health plans that they are facing staffing challenges and thus require the suspensions.

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What the stalemate on Capitol Hill means for your drug prices

Kaiser Health News

As President Joe Biden’s government overhaul stalls in Congress, tensions are mounting over what changes ― if any ― could come for Americans at the pharmacy counter.

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COVID-19 deaths eclipse 700,000 as delta variant rages

Associated Press

The last 100,000 deaths occurred during a time when vaccines — which overwhelmingly prevent deaths, hospitalizations and serious illness — were available to any American over the age of 12.

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