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MA Lawmakers to Weigh Four-Day Work Week
The Massachusetts House Labor and Workforce Development Committee scheduled a hearing last week on legislation ( HB 3849 ) that would provide tax credits to businesses...
Bills to Overhaul Long-Term Care and Control Prescription Drug Costs on Move in MA
The Massachusetts House unanimously passed a bill ( HB 4178 ) that would overhaul the long-term care industry, while...
OpenAI Ousts CEO Sam Altman
The board of directors of OpenAI, developer of ChatGPT, announced on the company’s blog last week that its CEO Sam Altman would be stepping down. The blog post said...
For more than half a year, labor strife has swept the country.
First, Hollywood writers went on strike in May. Then actors joined them in walking off the set a couple months later, in July.
IL Lawmakers Approve Bill Lifting Moratorium on Nuclear Power Plants: The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation ( HB 2437 ) that, as amended, will lift a nearly four-decades-old moratorium on new...
The Michigan Senate passed a bill (SB 410) that would allow residents and state and local governments to sue drug manufacturers and sellers if their products cause injury. In 1995 the state passed the strongest drug immunity law in the nation, shielding drugmakers and sellers almost entirely from such suits. The measure is now in the House Judiciary Committee. (BRIDGE MICHIGAN), MICHIGAN ADVANCE, STATE NET)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation (SB 525) that will phase in a nation-leading $25 minimum wage for workers at hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities. The law applies to direct care providers as well as support personnel. (KFF HEALTH NEWS, SACRAMENTO BEE, STATE NET)
Customers of Amazon Pharmacy who reside in College Station, Texas are now able to get their prescriptions delivered by drone. Customers can choose from over 500 medications and have them delivered in under 60 minutes for no additional charge. (CNBC)
Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rose an average of 7% to nearly $24,000 this year, according to a KFF survey of over 2,000 U.S. companies. Last year’s increase was 1%. (BLOOMBERG, KFF)
Research conducted by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross showed that providing mental health services through primary care practices doesn’t increase the overall cost of those services for insurers. Previous research by the two institutions showed that linking mental health services with primary care enabled more patients to obtain needed mental healthcare. (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER)
—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK