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Headlines on Deadline April 2002


Almost all workers with insurance have drug coverage, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. That's 99 percent in HMOs and 100 percent in PPOs.... Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America launched a major educational campaign designed to block drug formulary plans in state programs, such as Medicaid. As a price of admission, this type of formulary often demands deep cuts in prices from drug makers.... Mounds of research generated by think tanks and foundations is often ignored by state officials, a Health Affairs study says. Policy makers are overwhelmed by what they receive and often do not read one third of it. Keep it short, the article advises. State officials prefer to get their info in small, bulleted paragraphs.

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