A Few Pointers To Help Save Money And Avoid The Strain Of Medicare Enrollment

By Susan Jaffe Older or disabled Americans with Medicare coverage have probably noticed an uptick in mail solicitations from health insurance companies, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for the annual Medicare open enrollment. Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the…

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Scary Monsters Lurking Everywhere

Halloween is upon us and the Monster Mash begins In pharmacy the Monsters are lurking everywhere, the dreaded PBM’s, Mail Order Pharmacies, Specialty Pharmacies, Part D Preferred Networks, DIR Fees, Unfair Audits, Open Enrollment… and the list goes on and on. As all these monsters jump out at you at every turn, you rise above…

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Trump Acting Solo: What You Need To Know About Changes To The Health Law

By Julie Rovner and Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby October 13, 2017   Apparently frustrated by Congress’ inability to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump this week decided to take matters into his own hands. Late Thursday evening, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier…

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New Law Challenges ‘Evils’ Of Pharma Profits, California Governor Claims

By April Dembosky, KQED California Gov. Jerry Brown defied the drug industry Monday by signing a sweeping drug price transparency bill that will force drugmakers to publicly justify big price hikes. “Californians have a right to know why their medical costs are out of control, especially when pharmaceutical profits are soaring,” Brown said. “This measure…

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Patients, Health Insurers Challenge Iowa’s Privatized Medicaid

By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio Iowa is one of 38 states that radically changed the way it runs Medicaid over the past few years. The state moved about 600,000 people on the government-run health program into care that is managed by for-profit insurance companies. The idea is that the private companies would save the…

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Find Your Safe Harbor – Mich’s Monday Mantra

Today’s Mich’s Monday Mantra is from a few years ago. The mantra is Find Your Safe Harbor I felt this mantra was perfect for today. There have been so many awful things going on around us lately especially the senseless violence across the country. We can all make a difference and an impact in the…

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Hepatitis C Drug’s Lower Cost Paves Way For Medicaid, Prisons To Expand Treatment

By Michelle Andrews October 3, 2017 Valerie Green is still waiting to be cured. The Delaware resident was diagnosed with hepatitis C more than two years ago, but she doesn’t qualify yet for the Medicaid program’s criteria for treatment with a new class of highly effective but pricey drugs. The recent approval of a less…

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Do Pharma’s Claims On Drug Prices Pass The Smell Test? We Found 5 Stinkers.

By Jay Hancock October 2, 2017 Drug companies launched an ad and publicity extravaganza this year right after President-elect Donald Trump said they “are getting away with murder” on sky-high pill prices. More than it has in years, the pharmaceutical industry fears major legislation that would curb prices and shrink profits. TV spots lauding drug…

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Beyond The Darkness There is Always Light – Mich’s Monday Mantra

As I was getting ready to post today’s Mich’s Monday Mantra I decided to use a mantra we had from 2015. We have so much darkness and hate in our world and due to last nights senseless massacre in Las Vegas, our mantra today is “Beyond The Darkness There Is Always Light” Our thoughts and…

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Absent Federal Action, States Take The Lead On Curbing Drug Costs

By Shefali Luthra September 29, 2017 , Kaiser Health News Updated, 12:26 p.m. This story was updated to reflect that a federal judge rejected a request to block the Maryland law from going forward. Lawmakers in Maryland are daring to legislate where their federal counterparts have not: As of Oct. 1, the state will be…

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