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Catholic hospital chains mull mega-merger; Powerful alliance would challenge for-profits

Hospital operator Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) (Englewood CO), which has struggled after rapid expansion and a foray into health insurance, is in merger talks with Dignity Health (DH) (San Francisco)… Read more »

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Key Obamacare premiums to rise 25% next year; Great for insurers, but enrollees also win

Premiums for mid-level Obamacare health plans sold on the federal exchanges will see their biggest jump yet next year, another speed bump in the administration’s push for enrollment in the… Read more »

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Obama Administration Predicts ACA Enrollment to Grow by 1.1 Million in 2017; Question is How?

The US Health and Human Services Department estimates that more than 1 million additional people will sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017 compared with 2016,… Read more »

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Ariad Pharma’s Slide Continues as Bernie Sanders Seeks Data on Leukemia Drug; Recent Drug Price Hikes Put Company on Familiar Hot Seat

Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cambridge MA) continued to plummet Thursday (October 20, 2016) after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the company, demanding more information about… Read more »

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Johnson & Johnson Tumbles as Pfizer Set to Launch Remicade Biosimilar; Solid 3rd Quarter Doesn’t Quell Market’s Overreaction

Thriving pharmaceutical sales drove stellar quarterly results for Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ), but the company’s shares fell 3% so far this week on worries that its smash hit,… Read more »

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Zika Funding Plan Announced By Obama Officials; But Why the Long Delay After Congress Finally Voted Them?

US health officials outlined on Tuesday (October 18, 2016) how they planned to divide up $1.1 billion in funds approved by Congress to fight the Zika virus, including repaying $44.25… Read more »

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Healthcare Stocks Tumble as Clinton’s Lead Widens; Are the Jitters Justified or Do Opportunities Abound?

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has been named the culprit for beating down biotech stocks just for squealing about high drug prices on Twitter. Imagine the ever-increasing likelihood of her becoming the… Read more »

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Obamacare Marketplace Expected to Shrink by 1.14 Million as Insurers Flee ACA; Lessons to Learn from Medicare?

An increasing number of people in Obamacare are learning that their health insurance plans won’t be available under the program next year, forcing them to find alternative coverage amidst dwindling… Read more »

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CDC Warns of Infection Risk after Open Heart Surgery; When to Worry

A federal investigation has concluded that a device used during open-heart (open-chest) surgery that infected at least 12 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital last year was probably contaminated at the plant in… Read more »

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Humana, Cigna Bomb Latest Medicare Plan Ratings; Shares Slide

Shares of Humana Inc. (Louisville KY) sank 5% through Thursday, Oct. 13, after the insurer indicated a downgrade in a key Medicare quality measure could lower its federal reimbursements. Although… Read more »