Category Archives: Government

Department of Justice Sues Anthem, Aetna to Block Insurer Mergers

Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) said its proposed $48 billion merger with rival health insurer Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) will lower consumer costs and extend coverage to more people, in response… Read more »

Report Says Alcohol-Related Deaths are Likely to Increase after Cuts by England in Alcohol Taxation; What Can We Learn Here in the States?

Alcohol related deaths are most likely set to increase in England as incomes outstrip rises in taxation, argue experts in The BMJ (British Medical Journal). This prediction is based on the… Read more »

U.S. Health Spending to Climb 5.8% a Year Through 2025

The nation’s healthcare bill this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the… Read more »

Anthem Says No Talks To Terminate Merger With Cigna

The Justice Department has told Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) that the health insurer’s planned takeover of Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) threatens competition and probably can’t be fixed by selling parts… Read more »

What Brexit Means for the UK’s National Health Service; What We Americans Might Learn

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union registered a magnitude 9 on the Richter scale across the world as far as I can judge. The economic fallout is… Read more »

U.S. Health-Fraud Stings Net 301 People; A Record

U.S. law enforcement officials have charged 301 suspects with trying to defraud Medicare and other federal insurance programs in 2016, marking the “largest takedown” involving healthcare fraud allegations, the Justice… Read more »

The Obama Administration Has Set New Standards for Medicaid Private Insurance Plans

The Obama administration has set new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, which in recent years have become the main source of coverage for low-income people. The rules apply to… Read more »

Brain Damage in Zika Babies Far Worse than Expected

While health officials in Brazil say the epidemic is peaking there, the scale and severity of prenatal damage by the Zika virus are far worse than expected. Experts have begun calling… Read more »

U.S. Lawmakers Approve Bill to Provide Financial Incentives to Companies Developing Treatments for the Zika Virus

U.S. lawmakers last week approved a bill to provide financial incentives to companies developing treatments for the Zika virus, sending the measure on to the White House for President Barack… Read more »

New Inversion Rules Test Pending Deals, WSJ Reports

The U.S. Treasury Department’s latest attempt at stopping corporate inversions last week spelled doom for Pfizer Inc.’s (New York City) $150 billion attempted takeover of Allergan PLC (Dublin IRL)–what would… Read more »