Health Headlines for August 9, 2022

Expanding access to affordable health care
The Capitol Pressroom

State Senator Jeremy Cooney, a Rochester Democrat, makes the case for his new legislation, billed as the “Health Equity, Affordability and Reform Act.”

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CDC team arrives in New York to help prevent polio outbreak
Capital Tonight

The state Health Department is working with the CDC and local health officials to fight a greater outbreak after health officials identified a case of the disease in downstate Rockland County.

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New York Senate Democrats urge expanded access to abortion pill
State of Politics

The letter to Robert Califf, the commissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, pointed to the need to improve access to medical abortion pills.

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Major test of first possible Lyme vaccine in 20 years begins
The Associated Press

While a vaccine for dogs has long been available, the only Lyme vaccine for humans was pulled off the U.S. market in 2002 from lack of demand.

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How New York lawmakers want to make prescription drugs less expensive
State of Politics

State lawmakers have proposed reducing the cost of prescription medications by barring so-called “pay-for-delay” agreements that have come under scrutiny by federal regulators.

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