Trump administration opens door to states imposing Medicaid work requirements

Washington Post

The Trump administration issued guidance to states on Thursday that will allow them to compel people to work or prepare for jobs in order to receive Medicaid for the first time in the half-century history of this fundamental piece of the nation’s social safety net.

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Schumer Seeks Funds For Opioid Fight

WAMC

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for more federal funds to help upstate New York battle the opioid crisis.

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Centene’s Narrow Approach to Obamacare Plans Targeted by Lawsuit

Bloomber

Centene Corp. rushed to fill the void when many bigger insurers gave up on Obamacare, but a lawsuit alleges that the fast-growing insurer’s coverage is less robust than advertised.

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Developers prepare to unveil Children’s Hospital reuse plans

Buffalo News

The development team behind the planned reuse of the former Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo site in the Elmwood Village has fine-tuned their proposal for a mix of condos, townhomes, apartments and retail space, and wants to unveil it to the public at the end of this month.

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NY child dies of flu; Virus still hitting Central New York hardest

Syracuse Post Standard

A New York child from downstate has died of the flu, the state’s first pediatric flu death this season.

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Little-known gap in Medicare imperils New York’s most vulnerable

Crain’s

A New Yorker suffering from advanced heart failure often depends on home infusion inotropic drug therapy to stay alive while he or she awaits a heart transplant or surgically implanted mechanical device.

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The real reason health care is bankrupting America

CNBC

The United States spends far more on health care than any other nation on the globe: $10,348 per person, which amounts to nearly 18 percent of gross domestic product.

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Out-of-Pocket Health Plan Cost Calculator Helps New Yorkers Sign Up for the Right Plan Before the 1/31 Enrollment Deadline

Business Insider

As the January 31st deadline to sign up for health insurance approaches, IMPAQ Health has released a new tool to help New Yorkers with chronic conditions choose the right plan: The NY Plan Costs Calculator, available at http:/NYPlanCosts.org. IMPAQ will also host a webinar providing more information and a use case walkthrough onJanuary 18that 2PM, with online registrationhere.

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Humana leaves AHIP

Health Exec

Humana has terminated its membership in America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the largest lobbying group for the health insurance industry, following the departures of other major insurers in recent years.

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Can Requiring People to Work Make Them Healthier?

New York Times

The Trump administration wants to make a major change to Medicaid, but there’s not a lot of evidence for one of its key assertions.

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The Trump Plan to Hurt the Poor by Pretending to Help Them

New York Times

When Ohio and Michigan expanded their Medicaid programs to broaden coverage, residents who became eligible found it easier to look for work, according to studies by the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the University of Michigan.

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Opioid Addiction Knows No Color, but Its Treatment Does

New York Times

On a street lined with garbage trucks, in an industrial edge of Brooklyn, dozens of people started filing into an unmarked building before the winter sun rose.

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