by on March 30, 2018
Most adults on SNAP are workers, but they turn to the program when they’re between jobs or making too little. Jennifer Donald whose family receives money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also know as food stamps, eats dinner with her sons David and Donovan, and daughter Jayla, in Philadelphia.  Sarah Ormbrek’s life used to be a lot more uncertain. She didn’t always have a job. She didn’t always have transportation. And she didn’t always have a home for herself and her...
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by on May 10, 2018
Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan sent an internal email to employees after the pharmaceutical giant revealed it paid the company of President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, $1.2 million. "We made a mistake in entering into this engagement and, as a consequence, are being criticized by a world that expects more from us," Narasimhan wrote. In a Wednesday statement, Novartis said it entered a one-year agreement with Cohen for guidance on how the Trump administration would approach health-c...
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by on May 18, 2018
As the opioid epidemic rages on, many still have misconceptions about what heroin really does – and how we can end the crisis The War on Drugs Expanded the Ways People Use Heroin – and Set the Stage for the Opioid Crisis  In a society that's lost its faith in religion and institutions of government, does the opiate of the masses become, simply, opiates? Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 55 – and despite a push for reform, those numbers aren't budging...
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by on May 2, 2018
Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk's logo is displayed at its headquarters in Bagsvaerd, outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Business looked challenging for Novo Nordisk at the end of 2016. As pressure mounted over the pharma giant’s soaring insulin prices, investors drove its stock down by a third on fears that policymakers would take action, limit prices and hurt profits. Then things got worse. A Massachusetts law firm sued the company and two other pharma firms on behalf of patients, c...
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by on January 30, 2018
From left: Warren E. Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday announced a partnership to cut health-care costs and improve services for their U.S. employees. The announcement slammed the shares of multiple companies in the health-care sector. The giant companies, which together employ more than 1.1 million workers, will launch an independent operation that's intended to be f...
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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 February 2, 2018
Gov. Cuomo says New York will continue to provide Obamacare initiatives despite federal attempts to thwart the legislation. New York’s Obamacare program reached a new high, with more than 4.3 million people signing up for healthcare coverage, state officials announced Thursday. The 2018 totals marked an increase of about 700,000 people from a year ago, officials said. The 2018 enrollment period ended on Jan. 31. "Covering 4.3 million New Yorkers is truly a historic milestone," said ...
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by on March 10, 2018
This morning, the health insurer Cigna announced that it plans to buy pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts for $54 billion. And with that move – long-telegraphed but seismic – the market for prescription drugs could change dramatically. The big question: will patients benefit, or will this just protect insurance company bottom lines? Like whale sharks, healthcare companies just keep getting bigger. What's the big deal? Most insurance plans use an outside firm called a pharmacy bene...
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by on March 14, 2018
Thousands of students, emboldened by a growing protest movement over gun violence, will stand up in their classrooms on Wednesday and walk out of their schools in a nationwide demonstration, one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Students in Silver Spring, Md., rallied for gun control legislation last month. Students around the country are expected to walk out of classes on Wednesday for similar demonstrations. The 17-minute protests unfolding at hundred...
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by on March 9, 2018
BREAKING: Martin Shkreli has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding investors, U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto roughly splitting the difference between what prosecutors and defense attorneys had asked for. The former hedge fund manager showed little reaction to the sentence. He will receive credit for the six months he has served while awaiting sentencing. Before hearing the verdict, Shkreli addressed the court and cried as he said he was sorry and had learned from his exper...
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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 May 15, 2018
Fresh Times at Rehab High Aside from the students, there isn't much to suggest that this might be a classroom. It certainly doesn't look like one. Instead of in rows of desks, students sit at tables, on couches, or along padded benches that look like they came straight out of a restaurant. There are treadmills in a corner. It's quiet reading time, and a girl with crayon-colored hair pulls out a large blue book with Alcoholics Anonymous written in gold on the spine. This is Independence...
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