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Happy New Year to All!

12/30/11 – 2011 was the inaugural year for the New York Health Works blog. We aim to keep improving in 2012 as we continue striving to be the one-stop shop for health care news and policy information in New York.

New Hope for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

12/27/11 – The New York Times published an article today on new drugs that are dramatically improving the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis. In the United States, there are approximately 400,000 people living with MS. People are usually, but not exclusively diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Women are two to three times more likely to have multiple sclerosis than men.

Happy (and Healthy) Holidays!

12/23/11 – From all of us here at New York Health Works, we wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Update on the Federal Accountable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board

12/20/11 – Take a look here for the latest from Health Affairs on the federal Independent Payment Advisory Board.

HHS Issues Guidelines for States Regarding “Essential Benefits”

12/16/11 – The Department of Health and Human Services issued much anticipated guidance today that will give states flexibility in determining what “essential benefits” insurers must provide in policies offered on the new health exchanges.

Report Documents Changes in Health Insurance Coverage

12/15/11 – I came across an interesting report from the Kaiser Family Foundation today. The report examines changes in health insurance coverage over the last decade, with a focus on how the turmoil in the economy has affected the number of uninsured…One exception to the trend of uninsured adults is in the 19-25 year old age bracket.

Determining the “Essential Health Benefits Package”

12/15/11 – Politico is running an interesting article on how the Department of Health and Human Services will define the “essential health benefits package” under President Obama’s new health care law. You can read it here.

Seniors May Lose Access to Care, Doctors Warn

12/15/11 – The Onondaga County Medical Society held a press conference yesterday urging Congress to stop Medicare cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2012. They argue that if the cuts go through, many Medicare patients will be turned away. Read more from the Syracuse Post-Standard here.

Medicaid Redesign Team’s Final Recommendations

12/14/11 – The final meeting of the full Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) was held today in Albany. The general purpose of today’s meeting was to accept the reports from the remaining work groups and outline the process for the transmittal of the final MRT recommendations to Governor Cuomo.

Extraordinary Legislative Session Results and Implications

12/9/11 – On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo called the Legislature back to Albany for an Extraordinary Session to approve legislation that would overhaul the state’s tax code and create new economic development initiatives. The package that was approved in both houses of the legislature was negotiated largely behind closed doors.