by on January 24, 2018
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Groups representing Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries sued the federal government Wednesday to block the state from implementing its Medicaid waiver program that includes a work requirement. The proposed class action complaint alleges the changes, which include premiums, cost-sharing and a controversial work requirement, will lead to substantial reductions in Medicaid coverage. The CMS approved Kentucky's Medicaid waiver application this month. The controversi...
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by on January 20, 2018
Four not-for-profit health systems last week announced they were taking on big pharma by creating their own generic-drug company. But experts caution it'll take years of navigating red tape and substantial investment before the operation stands a chance at lowering drug prices and alleviating shortages—if it does at all. In fact, previous attempts have fallen short. "There are no new entrants to the market because it is so difficult to get into," said Michael Rea, CEO of Rx Savings Soluti...
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by on February 10, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. said that of all the forms of inequity, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. Black History Month is the perfect time to reflect on Dr. King’s words – and to talk about what the AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity is doing to help you end health care disparities in your communities and advance diversity and inclusion in your ranks. Diversity is not just a project or campaign. It has to be woven into the cultural fabric of each and eve...
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by on February 8, 2018
  Consumers could soon face surprising increases in how much they have to pay for their prescription drugs, thanks to changes in the way health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers process coupons from drug manufacturers. People who use drug coupon cards could be on the hook for higher costs this year. Why it matters: Midterm elections are coming up in the fall. High drug prices have enraged people across the political spectrum, and voters who already have trouble affording their p...
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by on February 22, 2018
New York City is going to be dedicating more than $4 million in funds to expand addiction treatment and other services related to substance use disorders. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the sum will be used to provide appropriate support for residents who are struggling with substance abuse and allow them to have increased access to professional addiction treatment services. The latest allocation is a part of a current endeavor to tackle problems related to sub...
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by on December 11, 2017
Under the banner of welfare reform, the administration is eyeing changes to health care, food stamps, housing and veterans programs. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the welfare executive order as soon as January, according to multiple administration officials. The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food sta...
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by on January 23, 2018
The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment blocks the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal funds to crack down on state medical cannabis programs. The amendment was last extended on Dec. 22, 2017 through Jan. 19. But on Friday, Jan. 19, Senators failed to reach an agreement on the federal omnibus spending bill, causing a government shutdown. According to NORML officials, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment automatically expired under the recent government shutdown. “Temporary medical ...
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by on February 8, 2018
In Kurt Vonnegut's 1965 book, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, the protagonist inherits a massive sum of money from his wealthy family. Rosewater, who has no use for the American class system, decides the money should be spent on a foundation that gives money and love to people who are deemed as "useless to society" by the "rapacious citizens who have come to control all that is worth controlling in America." He is taken to court by an irate family whose lawyers argue that such unconditional g...
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by on December 13, 2017
Syndros is a Synthetic Version of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Syndros is made by the same pharmaceutical company that opposed legalizing marijuana. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has approved the synthetic drug dronabinol. The brand name for the drug is Syndros and is a synthetic version of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that comes in liquid form. The drug will be classified as a Schedule II controlled substance along with hydrocodone. Actual, natural THC, is still classified ...
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by on January 24, 2018
Alex Azar will take over the Department of Health and Human Services at a time when rising drug prices are a huge political issue. A former pharmaceutical industry official who says drug prices are too high will now be in charge of buying more medications than anyone in the world. Alex Azar, former president of the U.S. arm of Eli Lilly & Co., was confirmed Wednesday as the secretary of health and human services. In that role, he'll oversee the Food and Drug Administration, which re...
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by on February 8, 2018
The Amazon healthcare effort and CVS-Aetna merger raise lots of questions. Last Tuesday, Amazon, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway announced that they were coming together to do…something related to healthcare for their 1.2 million employees and could possibly expand to the public. We don’t know whether they’ll provide health insurance, offer health clinics at company buildings and/or Whole Foods stores, or just use their size to negotiate better prices with existing insurance compa...
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by on December 25, 2017
The Boomtown festival is continuing its campaign on drug awareness with the release of a new short documentary on the subject. The film looks at various drug issues, and the steps taken at this year’s festival to improve safety. As previously reported, Boomtown was one of a number of festivals this year to offer free drug testing, via not for profit organisation The Loop, so that festival-goers could find out what drugs they had specifically acquired. The event agreed to increased securit...
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