Health Headlines for March 21, 2022

Advocates urge state lawmakers to pass ‘Coverage for All’ in time for new budget year

WBFO

Advocates for immigrants, including health plans such as NYSCOP, are urging lawmakers to extend the state’s Essential Plan health care coverage to undocumented New Yorkers.

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New York officials monitoring omicron subvariant, ‘don’t expect deep surge’ in COVID cases

Spectrum News

New York state is monitoring the new omicron BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19, but is not sounding alarms about it, state health officials said Monday.

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New York’s budget could expand postpartum coverage

State of Politics

New York lawmakers are calling for an expansion of postpartum coverage in the state’s Medicaid program, increasing the period from 60 days to a full year.

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NY lawmakers must resist effort to reduce choices for Medicaid patients

Syracuse.com (Your Letters)

With the state budget deadline near, the health care for more than 5.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Medicaid managed care health plans for their care could be in jeopardy.

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Hospitals are back in the hot seat for their prices

Axios

Forces in New York City, California and elsewhere are leading a new push to rein in hospital prices, reviving a health cost fight that’s been on hold for most of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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