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Study: Asthma has $1.3B impact on NY

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A new report says Medicaid costs related to asthma have surged to more than half a billion dollars a year in New York.

A study released Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that Medicaid costs for asthma have increased by 26 percent in five years.

The total estimated cost of asthma in New York is $1.3 billion when non-Medicaid hospitalizations and treatment and related lost productivity is included.

DiNapoli says the numbers show that more must be done to help asthma sufferers — especially low-income and minority residents who are more likely to have the respiratory illness.

Asthma affects 1.7 million residents in the state, with the highest prevalence found in Schenectady and the Bronx.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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