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Federal Health Secretary visits New Orleans

Health secretary Alex Azar brought President Donald Trump's ideas and plans for health care reform to New Orleans. 

He met with local managers of health systems, hospitals, insurance companies and state health officials yesterday at Ochsner.     

There are four areas of change:  Drug pricing, switching from basic rewards on the number of patients doctors see to how healthy the patients are after treatment, the opioid crisis, and making insurance more available and affordable. 

 "We have now ruled out short-term limited duration plans; which enables people to buy insurance and many 50 to 80% more affordable and cheaper than Obamacare exchange plans, Azar said.

The plan calls for fewer government regulations.

It's a more free market approach of lowering the cost of prescription drugs. 

They also want to cut red tape, paperwork and government bureaucracy.


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