MANAGED CARE November 2003. ©MediMedia USA
Not much dissent on this one. The Senate voted 95–0 on Oct. 14 to approve a bill that would mandate that employers and insurers not discriminate against individuals based on their genetic information.... New labor contracts between the Big Three auto manufacturers and the UAW require that union members and retirees purchase prescription drugs for chronic illnesses by mail. The companies hope to save several hundred million dollars a year.... Anthem hopes coupons will help reduce expenditures for medication. The Blue Cross Blue Shield plan is making an effort to steer members away from brand-name drugs by offering coupons for a 20- to 28-day free trial of generic prescriptions. The program is under way in 7 of the 9 states the health plan serves.