Your Weekly Dose of Health June 17, 2016

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National News:

  • While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been responsible for a record number of people gaining insurance, it also has insurers looking to significantly raise premiums. The Atlantic explores why that is, and looks into the future of the ACA.
  • New research indicates that transgender people worldwide face serious obstacles to getting access to adequate healthcare.

State News:

  • A bill to require schools to test their water for lead unanimously passed the Senate this week.

New York City News:

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio this week announced that the city has reached a tentative contract agreement with Emergency Medical Service Workers.
  • The New York Blood Center declared a blood emergency this week and urged people to donate.
  • The City Council adopted the New York City’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which includes health service funding for immigrants.

Upcoming Events:

  • Crain’s New York is hosting a healthcare summit on June 27th at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. More details here.
  • The United Hospital Fund is holding its annual Medicaid Conference on July 14th in New York City. Read more here.