From the library: America's Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill

 :: Posted by admin on 04-18-2015

From the library: America's Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill
He gives some background on Obama's initial unpreparedness on the topic, and his later insistence that he'd differentiate himself from Clinton by opposing the mandate she supported. At the same time, … Brill also makes no secret of his preference for …
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Mandatory vaccination will protect all citizens
Despite conjuring up images of children being held down and vaccinated by force, in 1853 England and Wales passed a law mandating vaccination against smallpox. Similarly, Massachusetts in the United States implemented mandatory vaccination against …
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Baron & Budd Overtime Lawyers Representing Go Frac Employees Who
The law mandates that workers have the opportunity to either find a new job in their field or to obtain training in another profession. Companies that have 100 workers or more must give their employees a 60-day written notice of “plant closings” or …
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From ponies to prescriptions, Group Health plans major facility at Longacres

 :: Posted by admin on 04-16-2015

From ponies to prescriptions, Group Health plans major facility at Longacres
Ryan Cos., a national construction company based in Minneapolis, will develop the Group Health project. Holtz said Ryan is buying the land from Boeing (NYSE: BA). Architecture firm CollinsWoerman is designing the project, and commercial real estate …
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Charter group proposes plan to acquire commercial quota
As halibut bycatch cuts of 50 percent or more loom for the Bering Sea flatfish trawlers, charter halibut fishermen are pitching a plan to acquire a bigger piece of the fishery on the other side of the Alaska Peninsula. During its February meeting, the …
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Begich unveils consulting firm, will work in aviation and health care
Begich was also an advocate for health care programs including President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act legislation, as well as for the expansion of Medicaid in Alaska. And his campaign attracted support from the American Hospital …
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Universal Health Care Settles WARN Act Claims

 :: Posted by admin on 04-14-2015

Universal Health Care Settles WARN Act Claims
Law360, New York (March 20, 2015, 9:09 PM ET) — Universal Health Care Group Inc. asked a bankruptcy court Thursday to approve a proposed settlement, including a $ 7 million priority claim, for a class action brought by former employees of the troubled …
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Foreign war veterans plan to form VFW post on Prince of Wales Island
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — A group of foreign war veterans on Prince of Wales Island is planning to establish a Veterans of Foreign Wars post on the southeast Alaska island. Ketchikan radio station KRBD (http://is.gd/XK1APi) reports at least 300 veterans of …
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Aaron Schock resigns amid scandal
The news marks the end of an embarrassing chapter for the former GOP rising star known for his Instagram account and a memorable shirtless appearance in a feature in Men's Health magazine. Republicans close to Schock have … Patrick McHenry, the GOP …
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Cosatu-aligned public sector unions 'hope conciliation will end impasse'

 :: Posted by admin on 04-14-2015

Cosatu-aligned public sector unions 'hope conciliation will end impasse'
CONGRESS of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) aligned public sector unions said on Wednesday they were moving to receive mandates from members to bring pressure on the state amid a deadlock in public sector wage talks. Public sector … "What is …
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AP Investigation: Men forced to work as slaves to catch seafood for global supply
On the bustling floor of North America's largest seafood show in Boston earlier this month, an official for the Department of Fisheries laid out a plan to address labour abuse, including new laws that mandate wages, sick leave and shifts of no more …
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Govt's attitude infuriating – COSATU public service unions
On the 27th March 2015 our negotiators went back to continue negotiations but the employer negotiators indicated that they cannot engage further as they have exhausted their mandate with the offer on the table. They insisted that we consider the …
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Coming this week at Montana Legislature: Medical marijuana, school expansion

 :: Posted by admin on 04-14-2015

Coming this week at Montana Legislature: Medical marijuana, school expansion
Steve Lavin, R-Kalispell, to use money from state Lottery proceeds for scholarships for high school students taking post-secondary education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health care. It is at 3 p.m. in Room 137 …
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Gazette opinion: Last hope to get Montanans covered before 2017
None of the 28 states that have expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act are collecting premiums from low-income enrollees. Buttrey's plan won't work unless the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agrees to let Montana collect …
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Medicaid Expansion an Urgent Issue for LGBT Montanans
Pat and Kamron One of the most talked about issues at the 2015 Montana Legislative session is around the question of Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion will affect an … Expanding access to affordable, high-quality insurance coverage that …
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Obama proposes new oil drilling off Atlantic coast while adding limits in Alaska

 :: Posted by admin on 04-12-2015

Obama proposes new oil drilling off Atlantic coast while adding limits in Alaska
The Obama administration on Tuesday outlined a politically fraught plan for allowing oil and gas drilling offshore along parts of the Atlantic coast while imposing new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska. The proposals …
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Legislators push back on Walker gas plan
At the time, ExxonMobil spokeswoman Kim Jordan said, “Now that the governor has announced that the State of Alaska is sponsoring a project in direct competition with the Alaska LNG Project, we are assessing the impact on our forward plans.” The company …
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Big Obamacare price hikes could be coming soon
Nearly 7.5 million people who get financial help to buy HealthCare.gov insurance would face average premium price hikes of a whopping 255 percent if that aid is ruled illegal in a pending Supreme Court case, a new analysis finds. And that's just the …
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PCMA: Report Shows High-Tech Specialty and Mail-Service Pharmacies Will Reduce Costs for Florida Employers, Consumers and Public Programs by $23.8 Billion

 :: Posted by admin on 04-12-2015

Washington D.C. (PRWEB) January 15, 2015

Mail-service and specialty pharmacies will save Florida consumers, employers and government health plans $ 23.8 billion over the next decade, according to research released by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA).

“Home delivery of prescription refills offers employers one of the easiest ways to reduce health costs and improve patient satisfaction,” said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt. “Policymakers should resist drugstore lobby mandates that restrict employers’ ability to choose home delivery.”

The 90% satisfaction rate for mail-service pharmacies shows patients want the same, Amazon.com-style home delivery options in health care that they enjoy in the rest of the economy. Furthermore, high-tech specialty pharmacies play a critical patient-safety role because many traditional drugstores are not equipped to administer complex specialty medications.

Major findings from the new study from Visante include:

(Click here to read the study)


    Mail-service pharmacies will save an estimated $ 4.6 billion for consumers, employers, and other payers in 2015 over the 10-year period 2015-24.
    Specialty pharmacies will save an estimated $ 19.3 billion for consumers, employers, and other payers over the 10-year period 2015-24.
    Combined, mail-service and specialty pharmacies will save an estimated $ 23.8 billion for consumers, employers, and other payers over the 10-year period 2015-24.

The study highlights several benefits of mail-service pharmacies, including:

    Superior safety as opposed to brick-and-mortar drugstores;
    Encouraging generic drug use;                                                                                            
    Improving patient adherence;
    Offering patients access to 24/7 counseling and support; and
    Minimizing “waste” that occurs at drugstores.

The study also details the increasing importance and advantages of specialty pharmacies. Because injectable biologic medications often require special handling, clinical protocols, and can cost many thousands of dollars per dose, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and manufacturers establish strict distribution, use, and safety requirements.

A national survey of physicians who prescribe specialty medications found that just 5% believe that all drugstores “have the expertise and capability to provide the different types of specialty medications to patients.” In addition, a recent report on specialty pharmacies notes that “specialty drugs require a level of experience and expertise that most drugstores simply do not possess.”







Minnesota's Biggest Obamacare Insurer Leaves Exchange

 :: Posted by admin on 04-12-2015

Minnesota's Biggest Obamacare Insurer Leaves Exchange
PreferredOne was the least expensive insurer in the Minnesota's state-run Obamacare exchange last year. It was also the most successful at signing up customers, capturing 59 percent of the state's market for private plans, according to CBS Minnesota.
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Rep. Collin Peterson: Goodbye to Blue Dogs
Peterson also noted that he himself had been targeted by Minnesota Republicans in the last election, albeit unsuccessfully. With that situation in mind, Peterson admitted he was fairly pessimistic about the chances of getting any major pieces of policy …
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Supreme Court looks split on 'Obamacare' challenge; key justice skeptical

 :: Posted by admin on 04-11-2015

Supreme Court looks split on 'Obamacare' challenge; key justice skeptical
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices appeared split along ideological lines Wednesday as they began hearing a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that, if successful, could gut a key part of “Obamacare” and deprive millions of people of health …
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Birmingham is the most affordable city in America, according to Forbes
According to the Forbes article: about 81.5 percent of homes are affordable to those who make the median pay; groceries cost 5.4 percent less here than the national average; transportation 13.2 percent; and healthcare, 16.6 percent below the national …
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The next mayor of Anchorage: Decreasing rising crime

 :: Posted by admin on 04-11-2015

The next mayor of Anchorage: Decreasing rising crime
On Thursday night, the group We Are Anchorage held a mayoral candidate forum, with a focus on decreasing rising crime in the city. In February … The Public Safety community desperately needs to start planning for the next major overhaul of 911 …
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Turkey Launches International Mosque-Building Program
Returning Turkey to the glories of its Ottoman past is a common theme of Erdoğan and his ruling AK Party, according to Yuksel Taskin, an expert on center-right politics at Istanbul's Marmara University. He said within the party “there is a very popular …
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House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native
"Funding Priorities for and the United States' Responsibilities concerning Indians, Alaska Natives and Insular Areas in the President's FY2016 Budget Request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs , Indian Health Service , Office of Insular Affairs , and …
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