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Health Headlines for February 24, 2022

Hidden tax: New York’s third largest tax, but where does that money go?

CBS 6 Albany

The HCRA surcharge is one of the largest taxes the state collects. Call it a sales tax on your health care – and a pretty expensive one at that.

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Elective surgeries, procedures can resume at all New York hospitals

State of Politics

Elective surgeries and procedures can resume at all hospitals following a sharp decline in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Federal court strikes down part of HHS surprise billing rule


The patient protections in the law went into effect in January, but the mediations between health insurers and providers have not yet begun.

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DOJ, states sue to block UnitedHealth Group health IT deal

Politico Pro

The Justice Department and two states sued to block the proposed merger between insurer UnitedHealth Group and Change Healthcare.

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Abortion pills now account for more than half of U.S. abortions

The New York Times

The data, released in a report, is a sign that medication abortion has become the most accessible and preferred method for terminating pregnancy.

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