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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Friday Forum: Epigenetics and Equity: The health and social impacts of racism and inequality

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Friday April 24th  12:15pm – 1:15pm (doors open at 11:30am) Sentinel, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR  Oregon Health and Science University runs the world’s leading center of study on a new area of science that shows how certain lifetime stresses create inheritable changes in our bodies. The science itself is fascinating. It challenges our prior understanding of evolution and …

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