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In States, Virus Spending’s Off to the (Robo-Dog) Races

One robot dog armed with a thermometer: $150,000. Forty all-terrain vehicles, five utility terrain vehicles, and 18 utility trailers: $626,000. Using public funds earmarked for coronavirus relief to buy these items: priceless. That’s just a fraction of supposedly COVID-related spending by a single police department, in Honolulu, Hawaii. But it hints at what authorities will find as they begin to...

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Litigation Vaccine for Healthcare Providers Against COVID-19 Lawsuits

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 more than a year ago, healthcare workers faced unprecedented challenges, lack of supplies, long-hours, and a lack of understanding of its symptoms and treatment, inter alia. Given the gravity and unparalleled nature of the virus, Florida legislators have introduced their first legislative initiative aimed at providing protection to healthcare providers. Governor...

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Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap.

When Democrats pushed through a two-year expansion of the Affordable Care Act in the covid-relief bill this month, many people celebrated the part that will make health insurance more affordable for more Americans. But healthcare researchers consider this move a short-term fix for a long-term crisis, one that avoids confronting an uncomfortable truth: The only clear path to expanding health...

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The exercise pill: How exercise keeps your brain healthy and protects it against depression and anxiety

As with many other physicians, recommending physical activity to patients was just a doctor chore for me – until a few years ago. That was because I myself was not very active. Over the years, as I picked up boxing and became more active, I got firsthand experience of positive impacts on my mind. I also started researching the effects of dance and movement therapies on trauma and anxiety in...

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Insurance Industry Veteran Shares Post-COVID Outlook

Licensed as an insurance broker since 1981 in Florida, Matt Gracey is an expert in medical malpractice insurance coverages and leads the team at Danna-Gracey, based in Delray Beach, FL. With four decades of experience, Matt has seen it all in the Florida insurance markets. I had a chance to chat with Matt recently. Below is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation: Before COVID, we had...

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As Drug Prices Keep Rising, State Lawmakers Propose Tough New Bills to Curb Them

Fed up with a lack of federal action to lower prescription drug costs, state legislators around the country are pushing bills to penalize drugmakers for unjustified price hikes and to cap payment at much-lower Canadian levels. These bills, sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats in a half-dozen states, are a response to consumers’ intensified demand for action on drug prices as prospects for...

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