Health Headlines for December 20, 2021

NY’s health commissioner tests positive for Covid as Hochul says millions of home tests are coming

Syracuse.com

Hochul’s winter Covid surge plan includes getting 10 million more at-home tests into the hands of New Yorkers and providing $65 million to local governments to help enforce mask mandates.

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State health officials say 28 hospitals facing capacity problems

State of Politics

The hospitals that are deemed to be facing a capacity crunch are ordered by New York State health officials to limit elective surgeries and procedures for at least two weeks.

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Manchin upends Biden’s agenda, won’t back $2 trillion bill

Associated Press

It would shore up federal subsidies for health insurance, expand access to Medicaid in states that have not done so, limit prescription drug price increases, and create hearing benefits for Medicare recipients.

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‘The charges seem crazy’: Hospitals impose a facility fee – for a video visit

Kaiser Health News

Hospital facility fees for video appointments remain rare, health finance experts say, even as the use of telehealth has soared during the Covid pandemic.

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Hochul needs to nix these bills to protect NYers from higher health care costs

NY Post 

Editorial Board: If Governor Hochul wants to protect New Yorkers from needlessly soaring health-care costs, she’ll use her veto pen on several bills still awaiting her signature.

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