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 June 10, 2018
The unusual move could hand Democrats an electoral advantage in November TO REPUBLICANS, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is the zombie that endures countless hits to rise from its knees and haunt America’s health-care industry. The signature legislative achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency, which brought health coverage to 20m Americans, faced dozens of House repeal votes during Mr Obama’s two terms in office and survived a pair of Supreme Court challenges (in ...
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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 30, 2018
New York might be getting a step closer to legalizing marijuana. The state health department has completed its much-anticipated study into the legalization of the drug, but as of the time of this writing it has not been released. Sources said Tuesday that the study — which Gov. Andrew Cuomo commissioned earlier this year — highlights the benefits of legalization on criminal justice reforms and a tax on the drug, but it stops short of fully endorsing the legalization. Two weeks ago, ...
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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 May 24, 2018
The state of New York would gain an estimated $434 million annually in new tax revenue under a regulated adult use marijuana market, according to an analysis prepared by the New York City Comptroller's office. The report estimates the size of the statewide cannabis market to be $3.1 billion. "Our analysis shows that a 10% retail excise tax on marijuana sales, together with sales tax at the existing rate of 4%, would generate roughly $436 million in New York State tax revenue annually," au...
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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 June 5, 2018
Last month, a front page New York Times story about the city’s marijuana possession enforcement set off alarm bells. Its headline: “Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic.” The city’s longstanding unequal and unjust marijuana enforcement was well-known and well-documented by news outlets including The Daily News, Politico New York, WNYC and organizations like The Drug Policy Alliance and Legal Aid Society. Over the last two years, more than 85 percent of...
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