Colorado government, businesses pair up to lower insurance costs

Next year, public employees throughout Colorado, as well as people who work for big businesses like Walmart and Comcast, may be part of a test to find out if it’s possible to lower health care costs without government intervention. State government, however, isn’t in the driver’s seat, unlike in the case of the recently passed drug-affordability board and the Colorado […]

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Indian government faces coronavirus lockdown calls, contempt charges

Americans help India cope with its crushing COVID crisis Mount Sinai medical system’s Dr. Ash Tewari and his team send ventilators and oxygen equipment to save lives India’s government faced calls for a strict lockdown to slow a devastating surge in new coronavirus cases, and a court in New Delhi on Wednesday will decide whether to punish officials for failing […]

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Patient ID Now coalition releases national strategic framework for identity, matching

Patient ID Now, a coalition of more than 40 healthcare organizations, released a framework this week aimed at creating a national strategy around patient identification that protects individual safety and security.   In the framework, the coalition calls on the federal government to closely collaborate with the private sector and with other public health authorities in working toward the goal […]

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COVID vaccines: Passports, blood clots and changing trust in government

Four in 10 people think those without a COVID-19 vaccination will be discriminated against, while around a quarter of the public have concerns about vaccine passports, according to a new study. The research, by the University of Bristol and King’s College London, also finds that three in ten people say the vaccine rollout has increased their trust in the UK […]

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Cuomo gave family members special access to COVID-19 tests: Washington Post

(Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave family members, including his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, special access to state-administered COVID-19 tests in the early days of the pandemic, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reads a note during a news conference at his offices in New York City, U.S. March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidCuomo, […]

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Living with a disability is very expensive – even with government assistance

Edward Mitchell is 34 years old and lives in Jackson, Tennessee, with a spinal cord injury caused by a hit-and-run accident that happened when he was 17. He has plenty of expenses that all Americans have, like groceries and utilities. But to maintain his independence, he also has to pay for home modifications to accommodate his wheelchair, personal nursing care, […]

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French labour minister tests positive for COVID-19

PARIS (Reuters) – French Labour Minister Elizabeth Borne said on Sunday she had tested positive for COVID-19 and would keep working, the latest senior French official to catch the virus. The 59-year-old, who is number eight in rank in the cabinet, said on Twitter that she was doing well despite having some symptoms. “Having tested positive for COVID-19, I will […]

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Exclusive: Dr. Deborah Birx, former Trump coronavirus coordinator, to join Texas air purifier maker

Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dr. Deborah Birx, the former Trump White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, will join ActivePure Technology, a Texas manufacturer that says its products reduce COVID-19 on surfaces and in the air, the company told Reuters. Birx, who was criticized for not standing up to former President Donald Trump as he downplayed the virus […]

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Government watchdog tells two merged med-tech firms to split

Government orders two merged med-tech firms to SPLIT amid concerns the £11million deal could cause the NHS to pay higher prices for their gadgets for disabled patients Tobii makes special gadgets to help severely disabled patients to communicate  It bought out its rival Smartbox, which is based in the UK, for £11million last year The Competition and Markets Authority has […]

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Government reveals ambitions to make England smoke-free country by 2030

A new Green Paper which proposes a series of health measures – including tackling obesity – has taken a tough line against tobacco. It states it is the Government’s ambition that England will be smoke-free in barely a decade. It includes “an ultimatum for industry to make smoked tobacco obsolete by 2030, with smokers quitting or moving to reduced-risk products […]

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