by on February 22, 2018
New York City is going to be dedicating more than $4 million in funds to expand addiction treatment and other services related to substance use disorders. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the sum will be used to provide appropriate support for residents who are struggling with substance abuse and allow them to have increased access to professional addiction treatment services. The latest allocation is a part of a current endeavor to tackle problems related to sub...
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by on May 24, 2018
The state of New York would gain an estimated $434 million annually in new tax revenue under a regulated adult use marijuana market, according to an analysis prepared by the New York City Comptroller's office. The report estimates the size of the statewide cannabis market to be $3.1 billion. "Our analysis shows that a 10% retail excise tax on marijuana sales, together with sales tax at the existing rate of 4%, would generate roughly $436 million in New York State tax revenue annually," au...
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by on December 11, 2017
Under the banner of welfare reform, the administration is eyeing changes to health care, food stamps, housing and veterans programs. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the welfare executive order as soon as January, according to multiple administration officials. The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food sta...
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by on February 5, 2018
In recent years, fentanyl analogs have been increasingly found pressed into pill form to resemble name-brand prescription opioids, and in heroin and cocaine being sold in New York State. Compared to 30 milligrams of heroin, just three milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal. A preliminary analysis conducted by the Department of Health identified more than 2,900 opioid-related deaths among state residents in 2016. Specifically, Staten Island saw a 700 percent increase in overdose deaths involvin...
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by on March 28, 2018
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, responding to this past weekend's March For Our Lives events across the nation, is proposing what some might call a radical solution to prevent further gun violence — repealing the Second Amendment. In an op-ed in Tuesday's New York Times, the 97-year-old Stevens writes that a constitutional amendment "to get rid of" the Second Amendment "would do more to weaken the N.R.A.'s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun contro...
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by on May 2, 2018
As the legalization of medical marijuana becomes more common worldwide, medical cannabis is being prescribed by doctors and caretakers to help treat cancer-related side effects—either from the cancer itself or from treatments like chemotherapy. Countless scientific studies have shown that medical cannabis offers palliative care benefits, including appetite stimulation, pain relief and more. But early research indicates that cannabinoids can do so much more. Data is showing that medical ma...
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by on February 19, 2018
Both parties have been too quick to propose restrictions that could have ramifications far beyond guns. President Obama calls for tougher gun-control laws at the Denver Policy Academy, in 2013. After the horrific shootings in Parkland, Florida, last week, President Donald Trump said very little about gun policy — but quite a bit about mental health. This has become a common move for many in the GOP, who hope to deflect a growing wave of pressure for stronger gun control laws. The ...
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by on May 23, 2018
Dr. Mitchell Katz is trying to change billing from an afterthought into a priority to help close the public health system's $1.8B deficit Most large health care providers have a sophisticated billing department that charges a patient's insurance for every aspect of each encounter and diligently negotiates with insurers over which procedures they're willing to cover and how much they will pay. But at the city's public hospital system, which has long been committed to serving people rega...
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by on March 26, 2018
More than 100,000 youth, parents, teachers, and Beatles march in New York to end gun violence Students were prominent among the tens of thousands that demanded tighter gun control laws during the March for Our Lives Saturday in Manhattan. “The adults failed us and now seventeen people are dead,” said Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Meghan Bonner from a podium on Central Park West on Saturday morning. On February 14, Bonner had hidden in her classroom in Parkland, Florida...
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by on January 20, 2018
Four not-for-profit health systems last week announced they were taking on big pharma by creating their own generic-drug company. But experts caution it'll take years of navigating red tape and substantial investment before the operation stands a chance at lowering drug prices and alleviating shortages—if it does at all. In fact, previous attempts have fallen short. "There are no new entrants to the market because it is so difficult to get into," said Michael Rea, CEO of Rx Savings Soluti...
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by on February 8, 2018
  Consumers could soon face surprising increases in how much they have to pay for their prescription drugs, thanks to changes in the way health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers process coupons from drug manufacturers. People who use drug coupon cards could be on the hook for higher costs this year. Why it matters: Midterm elections are coming up in the fall. High drug prices have enraged people across the political spectrum, and voters who already have trouble affording their p...
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by on May 2, 2018
Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk's logo is displayed at its headquarters in Bagsvaerd, outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Business looked challenging for Novo Nordisk at the end of 2016. As pressure mounted over the pharma giant’s soaring insulin prices, investors drove its stock down by a third on fears that policymakers would take action, limit prices and hurt profits. Then things got worse. A Massachusetts law firm sued the company and two other pharma firms on behalf of patients, c...
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