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 1, 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 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 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 February 15, 2018
The family of a 6-year-old North Bergen, New Jersey girl who died from the flu spoke out Thursday. Nevaeh Hernandez was the second New Jersey child to die from the flu amid the epidemic this season. Nevaeh became ill over the weekend and her condition quickly deteriorated. Nevaeh had gotten a flu shot, had no underlying conditions and still succumbed to the illness, her family said. According to Louis Zayas, the attorney for the Hernandez family, on Feb. 10 Nevaeh began suffering ...
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by on February 5, 2018
In recent years, fentanyl analogs have been increasingly found pressed into pill form to resemble name-brand prescription opioids, and in heroin and cocaine being sold in New York State. Compared to 30 milligrams of heroin, just three milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal. A preliminary analysis conducted by the Department of Health identified more than 2,900 opioid-related deaths among state residents in 2016. Specifically, Staten Island saw a 700 percent increase in overdose deaths involvin...
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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 February 14, 2018
Growing food in cities became popular in Europe and North America during and immediately after World War II. Urban farming provided citizens with food, at a time when resources were desperately scarce. In the decades that followed, parcels of land which had been given over to allotments and city farms were gradually taken up for urban development. But recently, there has been a renewed interest in urban farming – albeit for very different reasons than before. As part of a recent research proj...
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by on February 5, 2018
The CMS has granted Indiana's Medicaid waiver that imposes work requirements and premiums on its beneficiaries.  The waiver continues the state's Medicaid expansion, known as the Healthy Indiana 2.0 plan. Under the program, beneficiaries pay premium contributions, have health savings accounts, get incentives for healthy behaviors and can be locked out of benefits if they don't pay premiums. CMS Administrator Seema Verma had recused herself from weighing in on any decisions involving th...
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by on February 15, 2018
Planned Parenthood, other organizations and a Washington state county filed lawsuits on Thursday challenging a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to defund more than $200 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs. The sign of the Planned Parenthood centre is pictured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 11, 2017.  The four lawsuits in federal courts in Washington state, Maryland and the District of Columbia seek to have funding reinstated for programs...
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by on January 25, 2018
Launch of the national #20x20 campaign aims to bring Sport for Good to 20 cities by 2020 Laureus Ambassador Raúl González Blanco& spends time with& youth from the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center in the Bronx, New York City. Laureus USA and Nike today announced the launch of Sport for Good New York City (S4G NYC), a long-term commitment to improving the lives of underserved youth in the five boroughs of New York City through the power of sport. By bringing together nonprofit leade...
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