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POLITICO New York Health Care: Cuomo on Hoosick Falls; Hep-C increase

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CUOMO DOWNPLAYS HOOSICK FALLS DELAY Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his administration was aggressive in its handling of the Hoosick Falls water crisis. He downplayed the year-long delay by his state health department in notifying Hoosick Falls residents that their water was tainted with dangerous levels of PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, that has been linked to unusual types of cancer. The state health department had assured residents the water was safe to drink, and only changed its position after the federal Environmental Protection Agency cautioned residents against consuming the water. POLITICO New York’s Scott Waldman has more: http://politi.co/1KBLetQ

...U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican who has been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2018, said Monday the Cuomo administration has not been quick enough to address the crisis in Hoosick Falls.

HEP-C INCREASE — The number of New York City residents newly diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C increased to 7,691 in 2014, a 13 percent jump from 2013 and the most new cases the city has seen since 2011. http://politi.co/1KBFmRe

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KLEIN’S VERSION — State Sen. Jeff Klein, head of the Independent Democratic Conference, introduced a bill Monday offering 12-weeks of employee-funded paid family leave. So, for those keeping score, we now have three family leave proposals on the table — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s and Klein’s — all belonging to Democrats, and one Senate Majority Leader, John Flannagan, a Republican, who has not committed to any one of them. http://politi.co/1SEFYbX

HAPPENING TODAY — State Senate Democrats plan to unveil a “Prenatal to Pre-K Program,” a series of policy initiatives aimed at addressing early childhood health care issues for children and parents. http://politi.co/1KBFBvr

NOW WE KNOW — A Michigan State University psychology professor believes women are more likely than men to become irritated by annoying behaviors such as being antagonistic, controlling and overly or inappropriately affectionate, according to a study in Personality and Individual Differences. http://bit.ly/1SEkID1

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EMERGING MARKET — Northwell Health announced Monday it has acquired University Physicians Group, the latest sign that Staten Island is becoming one of the more competitive medical markets in the city. http://politi.co/1KBFuAe

EDITORIAL BOARD — The New York Times editorial board has come out against the tampon tax. http://nyti.ms/1PhZSoL

TOP TWEET — “More cheers and handshakes as I walk down 3rd Avenue. Thanks for the love and support, New York. Don't be afraid to say hi if you see me.” -- Martin Shkreli

WHAT WE’RE READING:

-SKIPPING RIO — Reuters reports: “The United States Olympic Committee told U.S. sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of U.S. sport federations in late January, according to two people who participated in the call.” http://reut.rs/1KBKtki

-TREATING OUR VETS — ProPublica reports: “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has once again turned down an effort by Navy veterans to get compensation for possible exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.” http://bit.ly/1PhZqqF

-MEDICAL MARIJUANA NEWS — A Florida House health care spending committee on Monday approved a measure adding marijuana to the list of experimental drugs terminal patients are allowed to use. The House bill is now identical to its Senate counterpart. POLITICO Florida’s Christine Sexton has more: http://politi.co/1KBGrIC

-WHAT’S CMS UP TO? — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking to test new payment methods for Medicare Part B drugs starting this summer, according to an agency notice to contractors obtained by POLITICO. “The notice was published on CMS' website and subsequently pulled. CMS did not comment on why the document was removed. But many in the industry had seen it.”

-NEWBORN DEATHS RAISE QUESTIONS — Philly.com looked into newborn deaths after a risky heart procedure. There’s a lesson here about medicine and one about transparency. http://bit.ly/1KBKiWc

-SENIOR SAVINGS — Nearly 10.7 million Medicare beneficiaries have received $20.8 billion in discounts on prescription drugs since 2010, a result of the ACA's closure of the so-called Medicare "donut hole," according to POLITICO. That's an average of $1,945 per beneficiary since the law was enacted. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also released state-level information in a fact sheet: http://1.usa.gov/1RiTnor

-CRACKING DOWN — STAT reports: “Federal regulators are preparing to crack down on scores of clinics across the United States that offer pricey stem cell therapies for conditions ranging from autism to multiple sclerosis to erectile dysfunction without any scientific evidence that they work.” http://bit.ly/1KBJVLb

-FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS — Kaiser Health News examines the unintended consequences of a new Medicare policy. http://bit.ly/1SEdsak

TODAY'S TIP — Comes from New York City health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett: “Traveling to a Zika affected area? Bring the NYCcondom with you for protection. Find some:” http://on.nyc.gov/1oldcjn

STUDY THIS:

-TARGET — A melanoma drug, if taken with fluvastatin, a popular cholesterol drug, could control cancer growth in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, according to research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which appears in Cell. http://bit.ly/1SEeyCT

-SPEAKING OF SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER — A subset of treatment-resistant prostate cancer pathologically resembles small cell lung cancer, according to Weill Cornell Medicine and University of Trento researchers, who believe this knowledge might provide clinicians with new treatment ideas. http://bit.ly/1SEffMu

-SUPPLY AND DEMAND — The government may want to consider paying more for some vaccines, particularly older products, to help reduce shortages, according to a Health Affairs study. http://bit.ly/1SEFS3P

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