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Drug cost mystery: older multiple sclerosis medicines skyrocket despite competition

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A group of Oregon researchers have issued what amounts to an indictment of pharmaceutical industry pricing, with a new study showing that people with multiple sclerosis have been hit with skyrocketing bills for medicines introduced long ago. Read more about it here.

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Legislature 2015: Here are the health bills that are alive and kicking and others that croaked

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Read about them here.

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Can we spend less on health care by investing in education?

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Investments in Education Are Investments in Health Health care accounts for a vast proportion of the nation’s federal and state budgets. At the same time, the business costs of providing private employee health insurance are steadily climbing. Amid these escalating expenses, policymakers and business owners are often pressured to limit their investments in other areas, including education. What many fail …

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8 States that expanded Medicaid saved 1.8 Billion. What could your state save?

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States that expanded the number of people eligible for Medicaid are seeing big budgetary savings without reducing services. Data from eight states show $1.8 billion in budget savings and revenue gains by the end of 2015 as a result of Medicaid expansion. Read more about it here.

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Innovation Waivers Allow States to Pursue Own Brand of Health Reform

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States have long been the testing ground for new models of health care and coverage. Section1332 of the Affordable Care Act, which takes effect in less than two years, throws open the door to innovation by authorizing states to rethink the law’s coverage designs. Under State Innovation Waivers, states can modify the rules regarding covered benefits, subsidies, insurance marketplaces, and …

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