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ENROLLEES in a Medicare Advantage program, the private-sector, taxpayer-financed alternative to traditional Medicare, has steadily increased in recent years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

Medicare Advantage plans 2020: Cigna, CVS’ Aetna offer competing plans

NEW YORK – Health insurers across the United States will race to enroll more seniors in lucrative government-backed Medicare plans this month, even as...

Walgreens joins CVS in asking shoppers to leave guns at door

NEW YORK – Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. asked gun owners to leave their firearms outside the store going forward, joining a number...
A FEDERAL JUDGE has decided makers and distributors of opioid painkillers must face lawsuits claiming they banded together to wrongfully push sales of the addictive pills ahead of the first federal trial on the matter expected to take place next month. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

Big pharma ordered to face cities’ opioid-conspiracy claims

WILMINGTON, Del.  – Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health Inc. and other makers and distributors of opioid painkillers must face lawsuits claiming they banded together...
THE FEDERAL JUDGE reviewing the CVS acquisition of Aetna has called for testimony from opponents of the deal, the Wall Street Journal reported. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

WSJ: Federal judge to hear testimony from opponents of CVS-Aetna deal

PROVIDENCE – U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon has called for testimony from witnesses who object to the Justice Department’s decision to approve CVS...
LARRY J. MERLO, CEO and president of CVS Health, saw his pay nearly double in 2018 over his 2017 total, even as the company posted a loss last year. / COURTESY CVS HEALTH

CVS’ Merlo earns $21.9M in 2018 as company absorbs Aetna

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. President and CEO Larry J. Merlo earned $21.9 million in 2018, nearly double what his total compensation was in...
OPIOID SEMINAR: A seminar on identifying risk factors and how to respond to an opioid overdose within the workplace will be held at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce in Lincoln on Jan. 29. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

R.I. communities expand opioid lawsuits to include CVS, other drugstore chains

PROVIDENCE – More than two dozen Rhode Island cities and towns are expanding their lawsuits over the opioid crisis to target the nation's largest...
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Most-read stories on PBN.com, February 2019

1. Two R.I. chefs named James Beard Award semifinalists POSTED ONLINE: FEB. 27. Ben Sukle, chef and co-proprietor of Oberlin restaurant, and James Mark,...
CVS HEALTH is testing telemedicine orthodontics in 100 stores. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

CVS Health testing telemedicine orthodontics in 100 stores

WOONSOCKET — CVS Health Corp. is testing telemedicine orthodontics in about 100 of its stores with SmileDirectClub, a startup connecting patients with licensed dentists...
CVS IS LAUNCHING a new app called Attain. CVS customers that use the app to report health and wellness data will get credits that they can use to buy gift cards or help pay for Apple Watch. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANTHONY KWAN

CVS dangles Apple Watch as lure to keep eye on customers’...

NEW YORK - CVS Health Corp. has a new deal for its customers: In return for letting the company keep track of their activity,...
CVS HEALTH has closed its $70 billion acquisition of Aetna. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

CVS Health closes $70B Aetna acquisition

WOONSOCKET — CVS Health Corp. has closed its acquisition of Aetna Inc., with the latter valued at $212 per share, or about $70 billion,...
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