Your Weekly Dose of Health June 5, 2015

Today was the application deadline for groups interested in being selected as one of New York State’s five registered medical marijuana manufacturers/dispensers.

An EPA study finding no proof that hydrofracking causes significant pollution has led to calls for New York State to revisit its six month old ban.  The DEC has no plans to do so.

A study recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives and reported in the New York Times suggests that even air pollution levels that meet EPA standards may cause health problems.

Health insurance companies want regulators to approve rate increases for plans on New York’s healthcare exchange.

A federal trade bill includes proposed cuts to Medicare providers, causing healthcare groups in New York to urge lawmakers to oppose it.

According to an article in the New York Times, hospitals have increased the prices of some common procedures by over 10% since 2011.

The Kaiser Family Foundation released a state-by-state analysis of the likely effects on healthcare if the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in King V. Burwell.