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High-Deductible Health Plans Fall From Grace In Employer-Based Coverage

With low unemployment, companies have slowed enrollment in the plans and in some cases reverted to traditional plans to attract employees.

With workers harder to find and Obamacare’s tax on generous coverage postponed, employers are hitting pause on a feature of job-based medical insurance much hated by employees: the high-deductible health plan.

Opioid Bill Would Protect Individuals Who Buy Cheaper Medications Abroad

The final version of the bill would give the Food and Drug Administration new powers to crack down on drug imports but would shield people who are just trying to get cheaper drugs from other countries.

The final version of the massive opioid bill Congress released this week would grant the Food and Drug Administration new powers to crack down on drug imports, but it also includes a provision — nearly killed in the Senate — to shield people who are just trying to buy cheaper, needed prescription

Seniors In Pain Hop Aboard The Canna-Bus

People over 50, and especially those 65 and older, are the fastest growing group of cannabis users. They find it helpful in easing pain.

Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.

Medicare Advantage Tool To Lower Drug Prices Crimps Choice

New rules allow Medicare Advantage plans to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs.

Starting next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs administered by doctors to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and other serious diseases.

Doctor Disciplined Over Use Of Controversial Menopause Therapy 

A California doctor who touts bioidentical hormones and was endorsed by celebrities is sanctioned for putting clients at risk.

A Santa Monica doctor who touted a controversial menopause therapy on the Oprah Winfrey Network and received testimonials for her work from such celebrity patients as model Cindy Crawford and actress-author Suzanne Somers has been disciplined by California’s medical board for gross negligence.

Insulin’s High Cost Leads To Deadly Rationing

The price of insulin in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2012, putting the life-saving hormone out of reach for some people with diabetes.

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning.

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