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POLITICO New York Health Care: Ending tampon tax; life and money in NYC

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ENDING THE TAMPON TAX — The Republican-led Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill exempting feminine hygiene products from sales tax, two months after the debate over the so-called tampon tax reached Albany. http://politi.co/1qjTgOw

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THE TAKEAWAY — The New York Times examined how income impacts life expectancy. One of the more interesting findings was that New York City, which has tremendous income inequality, does far better than other major cities when it comes to the life expectancy gap. http://nyti.ms/1YqJC83

...Here is another thought for which I have no scientific evidence: New York City also has an amazing public transportation system, and that keeps people out of their cars and walking to the bus stop or the subway, and climbing those subway stairs. Readers, what do you think?

NOW WE KNOW — The Wall Street Journal explained why it’s not a good idea to be a pain in the ass when seeing your doctor. ”A study published in March in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety found that such patients have an increased likelihood of misdiagnosis. In complex cases — for example, an overactive thyroid — doctors made 42 percent more mistakes with disruptive patients compared with non-disruptive ones.” http://on.wsj.com/1YqLOfS

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FOLLOW THE MONEY — A report released Monday by the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York found that the two organizations that represent the state’s trial lawyers spent $1.38 million lobbying in 2015, a 10-percent increase from the prior year. Including campaign contributions from the groups and trial law firms, the total spent attempting to influence the political process decreased from $3.09 million in 2014 to $2.64 million in 2015, which the authors attributed to the fact that there were fewer state-level elections in the latter year. View the report here: http://bit.ly/1MpwAXJ

SIGNED — The state's Office of the Medicaid Inspector General reached a five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement with Glen Island Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, one of the conditions of a settlement reached between the New Rochelle-based nursing home and the attorney general. The settlement followed allegations that Glen Island submitted 62,000 inflated claims to the New York State Medicaid program. Read the agreement here: http://on.ny.gov/1Stenod

BANKING ON BANKS — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday revealed the city's 90-day review of its homeless services operations. The plan includes more than 40 recommendations for how the city should streamline services for its nearly 60,000 homeless residents living in shelter, and for residents facing homelessness from possible eviction. That review includes a plan to consolidate many functions of the Department of Homeless Services and the Human Resources Administration, overseen by current HRA commissioner Steve Banks. Read the full review here: http://on.nyc.gov/20vNarf

EXPANDING INSURANCE — Victims of domestic violence or spousal abandonment are now eligible to enroll for health insurance on the state’s health exchange throughout the year, the Cuomo administration announced Monday. The state’s Department of Financial Services has created a special enrollment period outside of the usual Nov. 1 through Jan. 31 period. Applications received on that date will be effective on the first day of the following month. In December, Cuomo signed a bill allowing pregnant women to enroll in the state’s health exchange outside of the narrow enrollment window.

SPEAKING OF INSURANCE — Michael W. Ferguson, president and CEO of the Self-Insurance Institute of America, calls out state legislators over their “shortsighted” approach to stop-loss insurance. http://nyp.st/1YqMEJi

AD CAMPAIGN — The city's mental health efforts are getting their own ad campaign. "Today I Thrive" is meant to raise awareness among New Yorkers about mental health issues and treatment possibilities, part of an ongoing effort spurred by first lady Chirlane McCray, to change how the city tackles mental health issues. The $2 million campaign is funded through the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and will run through the end of June. English and Spanish ads will run on television, online, in subway cars, on bus shelters, on the exteriors and interiors of buses and in newspapers.

ACROSS THE RIVER: Democratic Assemblyman Herb Conaway introduced a bill last week that would address the nonprofit hospital property tax exemption issue and align with a proposal announced by Gov. Chris Christie in March. POLITICO New Jersey’s Katie Jennings has more: http://politi.co/1SK8PGq

...Gov. Chris Christie reiterated his opposition to expanding the state’s medical marijuana program at a Statehouse press conference Monday. New Jersey’s program has been criticized by Democratic legislators and medical marijuana advocates who say the qualifying conditions are too restrictive. But Christie said other states where there has been more uptake have programs that essentially enable recreational use.

PHARMA REPORT: California is considering a bill that would require companies to report any move to increase the list price of a medicine by more than 10 percent during any 12-month period, according to STAT. “And drug makers would have to justify price hikes for medicines with a list price of more than $10,000 within 30 days of making such a move.” http://bit.ly/1SK8X8W

WHAT WE’RE READING:

-PART B — POLITICO reports: “The Obama administration this morning unveiled a massive primary care initiative that officials say will transform the way some 25 million patients receive care and result in an estimated $2 billion in savings. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model is a key component of CMS's plan to push away from the fee-for-service model.’"

-THE MISSING PATIENTS — The Wall Street Journal reports: “Researchers conduct clinical trials to test new drugs and medical treatments, but the rate at which they are able to recruit and retain patients is at an all-time low. Studies indicate that fewer than 10 percent of Americans participate in clinical trials, and only 3% to 5% of patients sign up for trials of new cancer therapies. Patients often aren’t aware that trials are an option, and their doctors may not suggest them.” http://on.wsj.com/1YqLnC9

-CHANGE IS COMING — The New York Times looks at the change in polio vaccines, the first time a worldwide change has ever been attempted. http://nyti.ms/1VOwR8d

TODAY'S TIP — Comes from the very optimistic New York City Health + Hospitals: “Helpful tips about sun safety:” http://ow.ly/ODNzD

STUDY THIS:

-FAT CHANCE — Researchers at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo found that overweight and obese Type 1 diabetics saw the most significant improvement in their blood sugar following a randomized clinical trial of liraglutide. The findings were published in Diabetes and the study, which looked at 72 people, was funded by Novo-Nordisk, which manufactures liraglutide, an injectible medication, already in use for Type 2 diabetes patients. http://bit.ly/1YqM4LI

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