Health Headlines for May 19, 2022

State Assembly advances New York Health Act
State of Politics

“The New York Health Act – legislation to force a Single Payer, Albany-run plan on every single New Yorker – has been a bad idea since it was first introduced 30 years ago.”

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Private health plans paid hospitals 224% more than Medicaid rates
Fierce Healthcare

Researchers at RAND Corporation found private insurance plans paid hospitals on average 224% more compared with Medicare rates for both inpatient and outpatient services in 2020.

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Op-Ed: Is my copay coupon a charity – or a bribe?
Los Angeles Times

At a systemic level, these programs create a mirage that perpetuates our system’s reckless spending: they cover up a drug’s true price, much of which our insurers pay.

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New York health officials warn of seasonal flu rise amid COVID-19 surge
Spectrum News

The increase in flu cases announced by the state Department of Health led to officials to urge New Yorkers to take similar precautions as they would with COVID-19.

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