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Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

Health
Insurers will no longer be able to bar pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions, as a result of bills signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump. The two bills had broad bipartisan support as a consumer-friendly move to correct "gag rules" that many viewed as an egregious business practice. One bill applies to private health insurance and the other to Medicare. The measures bar health plans or middlemen that manage pharmacy benefits from getting in between pharmacists and their customers. No longer can pharmacists be contractually prohibited from telling consumers when they would actually save money by not using their insurance plans. Such head-scratching situations can arise because of convoluted deals between drug...
Buffalo Bills not ready to make QB change yet

Buffalo Bills not ready to make QB change yet

Sports
The Buffalo Bills' offense is a bigger mess than anyone could have imagined, and it was on display Sunday in all its ugliness during a 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On a horribly rainy day, the Bills found a way to be even more miserable than the conditions. They managed just 10 first downs and 153 total yards, were 2 of 15 on third down, and averaged just 2.5 yards per play. "Overall, I thought we could have been better in a number of positions," coach Sean McDermott said. "I've got to look at the tape, to be honest with you, to get a better feel and making sure we were in the right spots before I give you a better read-out." The tape won't show anything different from what everyone saw: the worst offensive performance in the NFL in Week 1. And yet that has not moved McDermott ...
The remedy for surprise medical bills may lie in stitching up federal law

The remedy for surprise medical bills may lie in stitching up federal law

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News When Drew Calver had a heart attack last year, his health plan paid nearly $ 56,000 for the 44-year-old’s four-day emergency hospital stay at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a hospital that was not in his insurance network. But the hospital charged Calver another $ 109,000. That sum — a so-called balance bill — was the difference between what the hospital and his insurer thought his care was worth. Though in-network hospitals must accept pre-contracted rates from health plans, out-of-network hospitals can try to bill as they like. Calver’s bill eventually was reduced to $ 332 after Kaiser Health News and NPR published a story about it last month. Yet his experience shines a light on an unintended conseq...
Highest energy bills to fall under regulator plan

Highest energy bills to fall under regulator plan

Business
Energy regulator Ofgem has announced plans for a new price cap that it says will save up to 11 million households on poor value supplier deals £75 on average. The industry watchdog's proposals would see energy suppliers being forced to cap their annual tariffs at £1,136 - a move that could save those on the worst deals up to £120 per year."The exact savings each individual household would make will depend on the price of their current deal, how much energy they use, whether they have both gas and electricity and how they pay for their energy," Ofgem said.The watchdog suggested that many consumers on default tariffs use more energy than a typical household, so their savings would be higher."Those who buy their electricity and gas from different suppliers woul...
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen to receive first-team reps at minicamp

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen to receive first-team reps at minicamp

Sports
Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen will receive his first opportunity to work with the projected starting unit this week, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said on Tuesday. Allen, who was selected by the Bills with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will spend most of his time with the third-team group. McDermott noted that the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Allen will get occasional snaps with the starters, however. "He's worked hard ... this has been part of the plan from the start. But give Josh credit, he's earned it," McDermott said, per Sal Capaccio of WGR 550. Quarterbacks Nathan Peterman and A.J. McCarron have taken the starting reps thus far this offseason for the Bills. McCarron, signed as a free agent in March after being a backup with the Cincinnati Bengals, is t...