Your Weekly Dose of Health January 20, 2017

National News

  • Representative Tom Price, the man President-elect Donald J. Trump has chosen to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, promised on Wednesday to make sure people do not “fall through the cracks” if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, and set a goal to increase the number of people with health insurance.
  • Governor Cuomo and Republican President-elect Donald Trump discussed issues including tax policy and GOP plans to repeal the federal health care law during a meeting at Trump Tower on Wednesday.
  • Many state agencies are tightening their belts for the next two-year state budget, but those that will regulate medical marijuana in Ohio are showing they need added financial firepower to control the newly legalized drug.
  • In Britain, a fifth of new drugs will be rationed under tighter NHS cost-cutting plans, meaning that patients will suffer longer delays for medication.

State News:

  • Governor Cuomo The State Department of Financial Services could be given more power and oversight of the insurance industry, with the ability to place struggling insurers under administrative supervision for up to six months, according to a proposal Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined in his executive budget.
  • The governor, according to one of his budget bills, wants to amend insurance law to allow the superintendent of DFS to place state-based insurers under supervision if an insurer is insolvent, has refused to submit its books for examination or for any of the other problems that call for “rehabilitation.”
  • Andrew M. Cuomo emerged from an hour long meeting with Donald J. Trump on Wednesday saying that he had delivered his primary message to the president-elect: Their home state, New York, benefits from federal support for housing, health care and infrastructure and would be harmed if that support diminished.

City News:

  • Are pregnant women in New York City getting equal care? That’s what public radio station WNYC set out to study after a recent study conducted by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that the severe maternal morbidity rates in New York City were 1.6 times the national average.

Upcoming Events:

  • New York Academy – 2015 & 2016 Lewis and Jack Rudin New York Prizes Lewis and Jack Rudin New York Prizes for Medicine and Health, Jan 26 2017, 5:30PM-7:30PM
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