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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

April 10 – April 24, 2018

The purpose of this bulletin is to compile a handful of articles relating to health care coverage in the United States that are most pertinent to LIUNA and its health and welfare funds. We hope you find this biweekly bulletin helpful and informative.

Bloomberg: CVS Hires Doctor From Health Startup In Sign Of Medical Ambition

CVS Health Corp. is hiring a senior executive from a startup that specializes in primary-care clinics, a sign that the drugstore chain is serious about providing more medical services directly to consumers as it moves toward acquiring health insurer Aetna Inc.

 

The New York Times: Drug Company ‘Shenanigans’ To Block Generics Come Under Federal Scrutiny

Trump administration officials, seeking ways to lower drug costs, are targeting pharmaceutical companies that refuse to provide samples of their products to generic drug companies, making it impossible to create inexpensive generic copies of a brand-name medicine.

 

CNBC: Amazon Has Shelved A Plan To Sell Drugs To Hospitals, And Insiders Say There Are Two Reasons Why

Amazon Business, which sells bulk items to business customers, has shelved its plan to sell and distribute pharmaceutical products after considering it last year, according to people familiar with the matter.

 

Fox News: Curing Cancer ‘Not A Realistic Goal,’ Doctors Focus On Managing Instead Of Curing Disease

Over the last five years, cancer research has seen the “greatest advances,” including a new approach to treating the complex disease as a “chronic disease,” instead of trying to cure it.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

The Denver Post: To Combat Rising Health Care Costs, Should Colorado Let People Buy Into Medicaid?

Medicaid, the nation’s joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor, is often described as providing a safety net — something to save the neediest people from disaster.