Health Headlines for February 21, 2022

Excellus BCBS accepting Community Health Award applications

Rochester Business Journal

Nonprofit organizations can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Awards that the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York

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NY doctors say proposed law would prevent care delays, cut red tape

Times Union

Health plans have defended prior authorization requirements, arguing they help to control costs while preventing unnecessary medical treatments that don’t follow evidence-based practices.

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How socialist lawmakers in New York hope to get their agenda passed

State of Politics

The Democratic party is expected to suffer deep electoral losses this year and some lawmakers have called to dial back the agenda, especially in areas like criminal justice law changes.

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Ambulance rides are getting a lot more expensive

Axios

Costs for ground ambulance care are on the rise and, with few balance billing protections, that means patients could still be hit with some big surprises if they wind up needing a ride.

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The 1st public option health plan in the US struggles to gain traction

NPR

Two years in to the program in Washington state, the plans are available in only 25 of the state’s 39 counties, enrollment numbers have been underwhelming, and state leaders blame hospitals.

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