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UMass ‘vaccine corps’ needs to be replicated

The U.S. faces one of the most consequential public health campaigns in history right now: to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and, especially, to...
THE PAPER TRAIL: Melissa Szymanski sits with some of her medical bills at home in Glastonbury, Conn. Szymanski got sick earlier this year and wound up with a $3,200 bill because she wasn’t diagnosed initially with COVID-19. Later, tests showed she had it, and she is fighting to have her bills reduced. / AP PHOTO/JESSICA HILL

Coverage safety net has plenty of holes

COVID-19 can do more than torment patients physically. It also clobbers some financially. Even though many insurers and the U.S. government have offered to pick...
LIASON: Dr. Matthew Smith, a physiatrist at University Orthopedics, acts as a Medicare/Medicaid liaison for doctors. He is trying to educate his peers on value-based care. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. doctor takes role urging value-based care

Dr. Matthew Smith spends most of his time working with patients, helping them heal from painful conditions that affect muscles and bones. A physiatrist at...
PRESCRIPTION DRUG costs for some seniors on Medicare are expected to significantly jump next year due to an expiring element of the Affordable Care Act. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

Drug costs for some U.S. seniors to rise by hundreds of...

NEW YORK – Senior citizens with high prescription drug costs are facing hundreds of dollars in additional expenses next year, according to a new...
RETIREMENT OPTIONS: Glenn King, FM Global’s manager of employee benefits, meets with staff. From left, foreground, are Tricia Fay, North America benefits manager, and Jill Goodman, retirement plans manager. From left, background, are Carole Williamson, manager health and welfare plans, and King. FM Global offers both a 401(k) plan and a pension plan to its employees.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Small businesses struggle to afford basic benefits for employees, survey finds

To the victors, go the spoils. That’s an old truism, especially for employers who win the battle for greater market share. Large companies such as...
THE U.S. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES department said it would cut the Affordable Care Act’s advertising budget by 90 percent. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump cuts to Obamacare’s ads threaten law’s fragile markets

NEW YORK - The Trump administration’s plan to slash spending on getting people to sign up for Obamacare will further undermine the law’s already...

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