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California Attorney General sues drugmakers over inflated insulin prices (Salon)

California Attorney General sues drugmakers over inflated insulin prices California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta sued the six major companies that dominate the U.S. insulin market By ANGELA HART – SAMANTHA YOUNG PUBLISHED JANUARY 18, 2023 9:15AM (EST) (Getty/agrobacter) California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Thursday sued the six major companies that dominate the U.S. insulin …

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‘This can only go on so long.’ Patients Pack MLK Emergency Department (LA Times)

  ‘This can only go on so long.’ Patients needing routine care pack MLK emergency department Esmeralda Avendano, right, sits with her son Xavier Gomez, 9, left, inside a tent outside the emergency department at MLK Community Hospital in South Los Angeles. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) BY EMILY ALPERT REYESSTAFF WRITER  Photography by …

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Non Profit Health Plans with $6.8 Billion in projected revenue set to combine.

Insurers SCAN Group and CareOregon would form HealthRight, covering Medicare and Medicaid enrollees. Two nonprofit health plans focused on government-backed coverage are planning to combine in a deal that aims to create a sizable new player in the rapidly growing business of managed Medicare and Medicaid. SCAN Group, based in Long Beach, Calif., and CareOregon, …

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Plaintiff whose insurer delayed surgery is awarded $14 million over opioid dependency:

Full Article by Christian Martinez A Los Angeles County jury awarded more than $14 million this week to a woman who sued her health insurance provider alleging that the company’s long delay in approving surgery for a painful condition led to her opioid dependency. Health Net was ordered to pay $7.5 million in punitive damages …

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Big Pharma Says Drug Prices Reflect R&D Cost. Researchers Call BS

United States. The ALS community rejoiced; the drug’s authorization was described as a “long-sought victory for patients.”   But the next day, the price of the medicine was revealed: $158,000 a year. This was far higher than what the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, an independent nonprofit that analyzes health care costs, had estimated would be a reasonable price, …

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