One Drug. Two Prices. A Reporter Struggles to Find Out the Cost of His Son’s Prescription
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
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Recently Pro Publica http://www.propublica.org/ * reported: “It's not easy being an educated health care consumer. I was reminded of this when I went to refill a prescription this month for an asthma and allergy medication for my 9-month-old son, Holden. The first time I filled his prescription for Montelukast granules — the generic version of Singulair from Merck — my insurance co-payment was $15. A month later, the co-payment had risen to $30 (and my insurance was paying $85.94, rather than $118.53). Why? My insurance coverage hadn't changed. My son's prescription hadn't changed. Our pharmacy was the same. Why was I now asked to pay twice as much out of pocket? I asked the CVS pharmacist. This happens all the time, she replied. Call the insurance company to find out why. Consumers are navigating a health care system in which they pay an increasing share of the cost but often have insufficient information to make the right decisions. They assume that pharmacies are charging them the right co-payments, that insurance companies are paying the correct share. But as health plans' rules for prescription drugs become more complicated, it's harder to tell. *To read the full “One Drug. Two Prices. A Reporter Struggles to Find Out the Cost of His Son’s Prescription” by Charles Ornstein, highlight and click on open hyperlinkhttp://www.propublica.org/article/a-health-reporter-struggles-to-find-out-the-cost-of-his-sons-prescription?utm_campaign=bt_twitter&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands? ™ provides information to consumers on understanding, managing and navigating health care options. Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.P.H., is Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Adjunct Professor, Baruch College ( C.U.N.Y.), Rutgers School of Public Health, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration This blog shares general information about understanding and navigating the health care system. For specific medical advice about your own problems, issues and options talk to your personal physician.
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SlappingToast
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March 30, 2015
You made this statement: "She (Zimmer) is also using our money to fund her pro-Zimmer toxic bloggers." I did not bring it up. You did. Your exact words. It is pure defamation. Defamation is a word you like to throw around but have never bothered to understand. You are also now throwing around Federal rules with respect to county superior court. As with defamation, you have not bothered to understand what you are talking about with rule 45. We get it. You're an intellectually lazy bucket of bitterness. But you're a perfect guest for Perry Klaussen violates the privacy of politically unpopular commenters, and a perfect friend to Beth Mason. For all the ranting about Bhalla's $100 fine, you have never said a word about Beth's $40,000 fines. Here's another term you can look up: flaming hypocrite.
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Flores throws hat into Assembly race
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BAYONNE – City resident Washington Flores has entered the already crowded 31st District Democratic Assembly race, filing his petitions on March 30 to run, he said. The 31st District includes all of Bayonne and part of Jersey City. Flores sought Bayonne’s Third Ward City Council seat last year, but lost in a crowded field of five. Flores is running alongside already-announced candidate Bruce Alston of Jersey City for one of two Assembly seats. The Hudson County Democratic Organization has announced its candidates of Angela McKnight of Jersey City and Nicholas Chiaravalloti of Bayonne, backed by Bayonne Mayor James Davis. Following last year’s May 13 municipal election, which forced a runoff between Davis and then-incumbent Mayor Mark Smith on June 10, Flores had supported Davis. Now he is running against Davis’s Assembly pick. “I still support Jimmy and believe we need to be behind him to move Bayonne forward,” Flores said. “But this about not having a candidate forced down people’s throats,” he said. “People need to decide who should be their representative in Trenton.” Flores said his Little League coaching and involvement in other community activities make him qualified to run. Former Jersey City Democratic Organization chairman Joe Conte and his running mate, Jersey City cop Ramon Regalado, have also announced their runs. – Joseph Passantino
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Grafix_Avenger_blog
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March 30, 2015
ASSilem, you are nuttier than a Planters factory. Is that pronounced "Asylum"? Rule 45 does not address the point you were attempting (and failed) to make. Zimmer was subpoenaed in her capacity as Mayor to offer testimony about City Hall emails in the account of Plaintiff Lane Bajardi. As for "toxic"- much better than being a bat$h*t loon, Lady Asylum. Please, take a trip: http://www.med.nyu.edu/psych/patient-care/inpatient-services/bellevue-hospital/psychiatry-services