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Insurance Exchange Update

Since the legislature shows no sign of returning before January, it appears a decision on how to develop the NYS Health Insurance Exchange would be stalled until then. But according to a Crain’s report today, the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) suggested that Gov. Cuomo might issue an executive order to lay out a plan for implementing the health insurance exchange.

Medicaid Redesign Meeting Today

There is a full meeting of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) today from 12:30-3:30pm. There is no public comment period but the webcast can be viewed here.

2009 Albany Medical Center Winner Achieves Nobel Prize for Medicine

Dr. Ralph M. Steinman is a local hero to many in the health care field thanks to winning the Albany Medical Center Prize in 2009, and it was announced today that he’s also received international acclaim by way of the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his contributions to the research and development of new treatments for pancreatic disease. The Albany Times Union reports on his contributions, where Dr. Ralph M. Steinman discovered dendritic cells, using his own pancreatic cells for research.

Business Council of NYS Hosts Event about Biopharm Jobs in New York

It’s been tough for everyone to work through this recession, so I’m always excited to hear about new jobs in New York for those in the health care field.

Medicaid Prescription Drug Changes Start Saturday

Check out the Gannett story today about concern advocates have over the new prescription drug changes to Medicaid.

Disparities in Health Care Event

Here’s an interesting Health Affairs article about disparities in health care – important for patient advocates. There’s an October 6 briefing in Washington DC about the upcoming article sponsored by Health Affairs. For any of our partner groups that have a chance to attend, please report back and let us know how this goes!

Medicaid Redesign Team listens to concerns on Managed Long-Term Care

Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) continues to hold public hearings regarding different facets of his Medicaid Overhaul plan. Yesterday, providers and advocates expressed concerns over the MRT draft proposal for Managed Long-Term care.

Pain Foundation Pres. Says Physician, not HMO, should decide treatment

U.S. Pain Foundations President, Paul Gileno, has an op-ed in the Buffalo News on New York’s new restrictions on prescribing drugs for Medicaid patients. Gileno thinks taking the decision out of the provider’s hands could hurt New Yorkers and possibly end up costing more money in hospital and emergency room visits.

Exchange Bill Soon?

As the end of New York’s legislative session nears, rumors about a health insurance exchange bill are flying. Some insiders heard yesterday that the governor’s bill would be introduced perhaps as early as today, but definitely prior to the Memorial Day break.

Politicians target insurers, drugmaker on gout drug

Gout, an arthritic disease, is on the rise. And that’s perhaps why it is the focus of lobbying efforts in New York and elsewhere.

Gout affects some 6 million adults in the country, a number that is growing as the population ages and becomes more obese. A disease seen primarily in males, its occurrence is rising in women over the age of 70.