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Health Headlines for December 7, 2021

Elective surgeries to be halted at 32 hospitals in New York State

State of Politics

The move, part of an executive order issued late last month by Governor Kathy Hochul, will affect procedures scheduled for Thursday, December 9.

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Schumer: NY health centers need feds’ help with rapid test kits


Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling for the federal government to send a “surge” of free, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests to New York community health centers to prevent spread of the omicron variant.

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De Blasio imposes sweeping vaccine requirement on New York businesses

Politico NY

All New Yorkers who work in the city’s private sector will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 under a new measure Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday — a “first-in-the-nation” mandate.

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Medicaid’s Metamorphosis: How one in three New Yorkers landed in a ‘safety net’ health plan

Empire Center

Report: The government-financed health plan, which has traditionally focused on the indigent and disabled, now appears to cover more people above the poverty line than below it.

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The true cost of Medicare for All

Inside Sources

Opinion (Sally Pipes): Even more federal intervention in our health care system could make rationing much more common — and not just the product of a public health emergency.

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