Compromise Reached in EMS Pay Dispute in Duplin County, N.C.
  WITN-TV DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. – After struggling to keep emergency medical personnel on staff because of low wages, county commissioners approved a pay raise on Monday, just not as much as first responders hoped for. The Duplin County EMS Department proposed a 17 percent pay raise for all staff. On Monday, the county signed off on a 10 percent pay bump, saying it was a fair compromise, WITN-TV reported. The station reports the county has struggled to keep staff in the past because of low pay. With the pay raise, a Duplin County paramedic will be paid $16.44 an hour. Paramedics in nearby counties earn anywhere be...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Compromise Reached in EMS Pay Dispute in Duplin County, N.C.
  WITN-TV DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. – After struggling to keep emergency medical personnel on staff because of low wages, county commissioners approved a pay raise on Monday, just not as much as first responders hoped for. The Duplin County EMS Department proposed a 17 percent pay raise for all staff. On Monday, the county signed off on a 10 percent pay bump, saying it was a fair compromise, WITN-TV reported. The station reports the county has struggled to keep staff in the past because of low pay. With the pay raise, a Duplin County paramedic will be paid $16.44 an hour. Paramedics in nearby counties earn anywhere be...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier
The U.S. recycling industry is facing a quandary: Too much of the plastic we use can't be recycled, and taxpayers increasingly are on the hook for paying for all that trash to hit the landfills.(Image credit: Rebecca Davis/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Davis Source Type: news

IG Report: Relocation of USDA Science Agencies May Have Broken Law
According to a report released on August 5, 2019 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (IG), the decision to relocate two of the department’s science agencies outside the Washington, DC region may have violated the fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus appropriations act. USDA had first unveiled the proposal to relocate the agencies on August 9, 2018. In June 2019, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the two USDA research agencies, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Economic Research Service (ERS), will relocate from Washington, DC to the Kans...
Source: Public Policy Reports - August 20, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

DISGUSTING: Elizabeth Warren tries to buy off Native American tribes with taxpayer money to cover for her "woman of color" deception
(Natural News) As pandering politicians go, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has to be one of the best at it. And, at the same time, one of the worst. You may recall that Warren has earned the nickname “Fauxcohontas” from President Donald Trump and millions of Americans over her longstanding false claims of being a Native... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A President Harris Would Mean Good-Bye To Private Insurance
Despite what she might want voters to think, Kamala Harris is bent on killing off private insurance and pushing all Americans into a one-size-fits-all, government-run health plan —at an annual cost of trillions of taxpayer dollars. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sally Pipes, Contributor Source Type: news

Why taxes and mandates are pushing health insurance premiums higher
Vacation season is here. A time of year when we get away from the grind and make memories with family. It gives us a chance to breathe and refresh before we return to our daily lives and get back to work. Likewise, a federal tax that has a big impact on health care costs has been on vacation. Unfortunately, it’s set to come back, and health care consumers are about to feel the hit. The so-called health insurance tax (HIT) requires health plans to pay a hefty fee of $145 billion over 10 years.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr. John D. Bennett Source Type: news

Claims: Migrant kids split at border harmed in foster care
A review of 38 legal claims obtained by The Associated Press shows taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $200 million in damages as a result of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New poll finds Oregonians would vote for higher taxes for universal care
A majority of Oregon voters in a new poll said they would consider paying a new health care tax to fund universal care and replace the current health care system. Three of four respondents said universal care is desirable, and of those, 58 percent favored replacing or eliminating private health insurance, according to the poll by Elway Research Inc. of Seattle. It was commissioned by Warren George, a retired management consultant from Corvallis. The firm i nterviewed 402 registered voters in Oregon… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 13, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Not so sweet: Sports drinks, juice, energy drinks, soda and even sweetened coffee can harm your heart
(Natural News) We all know that sugar isn’t good for you and that governments all over the world have imposed taxes on sugary drinks to try to discourage consumers from purchasing them. However, as reported by Healthline, many people are unaware that sugar-free, artificially sweetened drinks are just as dangerous as the sugary ones, or... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors are not the only ones who need NHS pensions help, says UNISON
​Responding to the announcement of an overhaul in pension rules, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These changes are just fixes to resolve unworkable parts of George Osborne’s taxation regime. “Introducing measures to help only a small proportion of the millions of active NHS scheme members looks alarmingly like the beginning of a ‘clinicians-first’ approach to pension strategy. “At the other end of the pay scale, thousands of low-paid staff leave the scheme because they struggle to afford the payments. The government should also be paying similar attention to this problem and i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release NHS pension scheme Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Federal Suit Alleges'Staggering' Urine Drug Testing Fraud Federal Suit Alleges'Staggering' Urine Drug Testing Fraud
Prosecutors say Comprehensive Pain Specialists saw urine tests as'liquid gold,'and cheated Medicare and other taxpayer-funded health insurers by conducting needless urine drug tests.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - August 2, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Kenya: KNH Begs Kenyans to Help Fund Sh430 Million Cancer Hostel
[Nairobi News] Three years after taxpayers lost Sh5 billion in NYS-style scandal at the Health ministry, the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has appealed to Kenyans to help them construct a hostel to house cancer patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NASA Is Working With Private Companies to Go Back to the Moon. That ’s Riskier Than it Seems
NASA will never be listed on NASDAQ. It’s already a wholly owned subsidiary of, well, all of us—which is the way it’s supposed to be with taxpayer-funded government agencies. But you could be forgiven for thinking that the full name of NASA is actually NASA, Inc., what with all the talk in the last decade about privatizing and commercializing at least part of the work the space agency used to do by itself. NASA is pushing hard on this public-private front in its new effort to have Americans back on the moon by 2024, with three announcements in just the last two days touting all of the companies that are p...
Source: TIME: Science - July 31, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized NASA onetime Space Source Type: news

Roche and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. announce extension of tender offer for shares of Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
Roche and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) ( “Spark”) today announced that Roche has extended the offering period of its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock (the “Shares”) of Spark for USD 114.50 per Share, net to the seller thereof in cash, without interest and subject to any wit hholding taxes required by applicable law and upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated March 7, 2019 (as it may be amended and supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”). (Source: Roche Media News)
Source: Roche Media News - July 31, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. announce extension of tender offer for shares of Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
Roche and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) ( “Spark”) today announced that Roche has extended the offering period of its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock (the “Shares”) of Spark for USD 114.50 per Share, net to the seller thereof in cash, without interest and subject to any wit hholding taxes required by applicable law and upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated March 7, 2019 (as it may be amended and supplemented from time to time, the “Offer”). (Source: Roche Investor Update)
Source: Roche Investor Update - July 31, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

It's now obvious: The taxpayers of Illinois will have their incomes confiscated to fund increases for overpaid teachers ... GET OUT while you still have your wallet
(Natural News) A month ago, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot insisted that the city’s pension funds were facing bankruptcy and demanded an urgent multi-billion-dollar bailout from the state. Governor J.B. Pritzker disagreed and denied her request, making it safe to assume that the funds continue to face the same serious problems. It came as something of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pensions crisis is biggest threat to medical workforce, new prime minister warned
BMA has set out the implications of the punitive pension taxation rules to Boris Johnson in a starkly worded letter Related items fromOnMedica Shaping the future of medicines and pharmacy Overseas GP recruitment drive produces small result Steep rise in early retirement for hospital doctors ‘The Price Ain’t Right’ Can medicine be cured? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Is salt really as damaging as doctors claim?
Campaigners are calling on Britain's Government to introduce higher taxes on salty foods, akin to the sugar tax. But scientific sceptics say there is no real proof salt intake leads to health problems. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Multiple sclerosis drug helps Biogen beat Wall St. profit expectations
Biogen Inc reported better-than-expected second quarter profit and raised its 2019 earnings forecast on Tuesday, driven by higher sales of its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera and lower taxes. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Alaska Plans Devastating Cuts to University System
In July, Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy slashed approximately 41 percent or $130 million from the University of Alaska system budget, a move that will have long-lasting and significant impacts on research and education throughout the state and potentially the United States. Governor Dunleavy used his line item veto authority to gut the budget of the University of Alaska system, which will likely result in the termination of research and education programs. “A preliminary rough estimate is that we would need to reduce 1,300 faculty and staff across the university system,” said Jim Johnson, President of the U...
Source: Public Policy Reports - July 22, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction
HHS had formally notified taxpayer-funded family planning clinics last week that it would begin immediately enforcing a rule saying the clinics can't refer women for abortions (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction
The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Is My Health Plan a Cadillac? Why Are We Comparing Health Insurance to Cars?
Your Cadillac tax questions answered, as Congress considers its repeal. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 20, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Taxation House of Representatives Cadillac Division of General Motors Corp Source Type: news

Illinois to defy Trump administration's abortion referral 'gag rule'
Illinois will defy enforcement of the Trump administration's rule barring taxpayer-backed family planning clinics from making abortion referrals, the governor said on Thursday, announcing the state plans to step in to fund those clinics. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Rural Hospitals Find Ways to Survive, Expand
In the midst of rural hospital closures, some communities are collaborating to keep their hospitals open and even expand. A rural community in Alabama kept Lakeland Community Hospital open by taking ownership and increasing taxes. Kalispell Regional Healthcare opened a pediatric floor in Montana and McKenzie County Hospital in North Dakota just celebrated its first anniversary. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 17, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Planned Parenthood won't comply with Trump rule
Planned Parenthood says it won't comply with a Trump administration rule that bars taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Florida small counties wary about expanding Medicaid
Some of Florida ’s smaller and poorer counties are worried that expanding Medicaid access to low-income childless adults could force them to raise property taxes. The “fiscally constrained counties” expressed their concerns to Florida economists, who are conducting an analysis of a proposed constitutional a mendment that would require the state to expand Medicaid to low-income childless adults. In a July 8 email, Small County Coalition of Florida lobbyist Chris Doolin told Amy Baker, the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christine Sexton Source Type: news

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately
Trump administration says its new regulation barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals will take effect immediately (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Biden offers health plan 'public option' details
Former Vice President Joe Biden is unveiling a health care plan that would add a 'public option' to the 2010 health care overhaul, with expanded coverage paid for by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Biden healthcare plan would curb drug prices, raise taxes on rich
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, unveiled a healthcare plan on Monday estimated to cost $750 billion and paid for partly by higher tax rates for the wealthy and doubled tax rates on capital gains. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FOOD STAMP FRAUD: Former head of South Dakota food stamp program ordered to pay $750k for helping states defraud the federal SNAP program
(Natural News) The one thing that can be said about America’s overly generous welfare benefit programs is that a) indeed they are overly generous; and b) they are so stuffed with taxpayer money that waste, fraud, and abuse is rampant. Take the case of Julie Osnes, once the head of South Dakota’s food stamp program.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

22 States Considered Eliminating the ‘Tampon Tax’ This Year. Here’s What Happened.
Menstrual products are subject to sales taxes in 35 states, and lawmakers ’ efforts to exempt them have floundered. Now supporters of ‘menstrual equity’ are considering legal action. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Zraick Tags: State Legislatures Menstruation Taxation Sales and Excise Taxes Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions Women and Girls Discrimination feminism Suits and Litigation (Civil) ' s Rights Source Type: news

California to Repay Loans of Docs Who Take Medicaid Patients California to Repay Loans of Docs Who Take Medicaid Patients
The new program will use tobacco taxes to repay nearly $60 million in loans for 247 physicians.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Chemical makers oppose new tariffs
(American Chemical Society) In June, chemical manufacturers converged on Washington, DC, to urge the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) to remove certain chemicals from a new list of tariffs proposed by the Trump administration. The additional taxes on $300 billion of Chinese goods could hurt US chemical companies' competitiveness, according to an article in Chemical& Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Government should plough money into social care, not tax cuts
Tax cuts for the rich have deprived the UK public of almost £14 billion – an amount that would fund plans to address the social care crisis for two full years, according to new analysis published by UNISON today (Sunday). While millions of people have struggled financially in recent years, the highest earners have enjoyed hundreds of thousands of pounds in savings as a result of a reduced top rate of income tax, says UNISON. The government’s decision to cut the top rate from 50p to 45p introduced in April 2013 has benefited the rich, while local authorities have been starved of funds and service...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis government social care Tax Tax avoidance Source Type: news

Obesity/sin taxes: spun sugar
Populist sentiments should be taken with a pinch of salt (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nanny state: Bicyclists to be issued $500 speeding tickets in Denver for going over 15 mph
(Natural News) It has been five and half years since Colorado first legalized recreational marijuana and began taxing its consumption. Even though the state has generated over a billion dollars in revenue from taxes and fees on this plant, cities such as Denver are struggling to generate enough money to fill the gaps in their... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The devil in the detail of weighing up sin taxes
Boris Johnson reopens debate on whether fiscal policy can change behaviour (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 3, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson promises review of 'unhealthy food taxes'
But campaigners and a former Conservative health minister have criticised his idea. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson promises review on 'sin taxes'
The Tory leadership hopeful wants to see if levies on unhealthy foods target lower earners. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump, California governor spar over immigrant health care
California's Democratic governor has vowed to continue expanding taxpayer-funded health benefits to people living in the country illegally (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Vermont imposes 92% tax on e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes will now be taxed at the same high rate as snuff and pipe tobacco in the state of Vermont (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Soda Tax Has a'Big Impact' on Consumption Soda Tax Has a'Big Impact' on Consumption
Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages may be an important public health tool for reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes.Medscape Diabetes & Endocrinology (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - June 27, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Commentary Source Type: news

Uganda: Workers Protest Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme
[Monitor] Kampala -Workers in the formal sector have vowed to block the new National Health Insurance Scheme Bill 2019 that was approved by Cabinet on Monday, saying they are already burdened with a number of taxes they are paying to the government. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NIFA, ERS To Be Relocated to Kansas City Region
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on June 13, 2019, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate its research agencies — the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) — from Washington, DC, to the Kansas City Region, six weeks after announcing its top three choices for the move. The specific location of the offices is yet to be identified. “Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City Region provides a win-win - maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programmatic outputs and providing affo...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 25, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

6 Market Forces Changing the Medical Device World
As a high school junior, I was shown the guts of an implantable defibrillator. That day, I quit my pursuit of a career in medicine to pursue one in medical device design. OK, so my life didn’t go quite that linearly, but many years later I continue to work on life-improving technologies from the consulting side of medical device design. This pursuit continues to be a great passion. The medical device market is in the popular press spotlight these days. Actually, it’s more of a target. Netflix’s documentary The Bleeding Edge explored whether the 510(k) FDA clearance proc...
Source: MDDI - June 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Jesse Darley Tags: Business Source Type: news

' Medicare for All' Is A Trap for Businesses and Employees
Some business leaders are hopping aboard the Medicare for All bandwagon. While Medicare for All might sound like a good deal, it will only hurt businesses, their employees, and all Americans. It will increase taxes, raise expenses, and deprive hard-working Americans of choice in their care. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 24, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sally Pipes, Contributor Source Type: news

Planned Parenthood paid for prostitutes for its staffers and big donors
(Natural News) The nation’s largest abortion provider is back in the news after it was revealed that the infamous baby-murdering group has been spending money from taxpayers and donors on prostitutes for members of its staff. According to internal emails that were recently leaked to the media, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), which boasts... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Appeals court allows Trump abortion rules to take effect
The new rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news