Jonas Brothers Join Sophie Turner at Dark Phoenix Premiere But Priyanka Chopra

first_img Chasing Happiness documentarydanielle jonasjoe jonasJonas Brothers First Published: June 8, 2019, 8:06 AM IST Dark Phoenix, the latest in the X-Men franchise, had its US premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood this past Tuesday. Star Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey in the movie, led the way with new husband Joe Jonas.Sophie slayed in a strapless, stripped Louis Vuitton gown featuring glittering embellishments, and waist belt. Her hair was done perfectly in natural waves and she topped off her glam look with a smokey eye and nude lip. Joe complemented his wife’s red carpet look wearing a black and white, pin-stripped shirt under a black suit blazer.Sophie was also joined by Joe’s family members. The group all posed for pictures at the event, with Nick, Kevin and Danielle Jonas present, as well as their parents, Paul and Denise.Movie Ticket✅ Popcorn✅Mutant Powers✅ Our cast celebrated 20 years of #XMen movies at the World Premiere of #DarkPhoenix. See the movie in theaters this Friday! pic.twitter.com/WBZDzmBCaM— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) June 5, 2019However, Nick’s wife, actress Priyanka Chopra gave the premiere a miss. The Bollywood diva is currently in Mumbai. She also posted a video to her Instagram Story shortly after landing in the city of dreams. Meanwhile, the night before the Dark Phoenix premiere, Priyanka joined Nick on the red carpet for the premiere of Jonas Brothers’ new documentary, Chasing Happiness.For the glam outing at LA’s Regency Bruin Theatre, Nick kept it classy in a burgundy suit and black shirt as he posed with Priyanka, 36, who opted for a long-sleeved black dress with a thigh-high slit, high beaded collar and netting-style neckline.Priyanka also penned a sweet tribute to the 26-year-old American pop sensation, who became her husband this past December. She shared a series of gorgeous pictures of the couple from the premiere to her Instagram.She captioned the photos: “I’m so proud.. Last night was a another testament of how incredible your bond is as a family.. @jonasbrothers I love you all and am so proud! #chasinghappiness on @amazonprimevideo @nickjonas @joejonas @kevinjonas ❤️ team @philymack and @johnlloydtaylor you crushed it!” Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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Refusing to be a Docile Force in UP Congress May Dent Prospects

first_img amethi-s24p37BJPcongressPriyanka Gandhi First Published: May 3, 2019, 8:52 AM IST | Edited by: Divya Kapoor Lucknow: Voting in four phases of Lok Sabha elections is over and in phase five, polling for which will take place on May 6, the much talked about ‘Congress factor’ will be at its maximum display in Uttar Pradesh. While it will be a personal electoral battle for Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and his mother, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in Rae bareli, the grand old party also appears to be a serious player on a few more seats. It is also poised to be the game changer on many other seats — for both the BJP and the SP-BSP alliance. The 14 UP seats going to polls on May 6 include Dhaurara, Sitapur, Fatehpur, Lucknow, Banda, Faizabad, Kaisarganj, Gonda, Mohanlalganj, Kaushambi, Barabanki and Bahraich. The last four are reserved constituencies.Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh is contesting again from Lucknow, a seat which has been a BJP citadel since 1991. The party has never lost the seat since then. Singh appears to be in a comfortable position again, more so after the Opposition’s failure to field a joint candidate against him. The Congress has fielded Pramod Krishnan and Samajwadi Party has given ticket to Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha. An almost certain division of non-BJP votes will clearly be an added advantage for Singh.Apart from Amethi and Rae bareli, the other two seats that Congress is hopeful of winning in phase five are Dhaurara and Barabanki. In Dhaurara it is party youth leader and Brahmin face Jitin Prasada and in Barabanki, Tanuj Puniya, son of Congress Rajya Sabha MP PL Puniya, has been fielded. While the grand old party is hoping to score a possible win in these four constituencies, the ‘Congress factor’ will be in force in other seats as well. It will work either in favour of the gathbandhan or the BJP, depending on local equations and party candidates. No doubt, it’s this phase which puts Congress general secretary and east UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi’s recent statement on “cutting into BJP Votes” to maximum scrutiny.On May 1, while campaigning for her brother Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, Priyanka made an explosive comment: fielding candidates who would chew into BJP’s vote share but not hurt the gathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh. Her comment gave rise to speculations of a possible tactical understanding between the SP-BSP alliance and the Congress.However, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was quick to refute the claims. “I cannot believe in these types of statements. I do not believe that the Congress has fielded weak candidates anywhere. No party does it. People are not with them. That is why they are making excuses,” Yadav said. “There is no difference between the BJP and the Congress. The Congress wants to benefit the BJP,” he added.But despite what Akhilesh says, reality is that the original alliance calculation suggested that Congress contesting independently would actually be an advantage for SP-BSP as the party would cut into BJP’s core upper caste vote bank. However, these assumptions were slightly disturbed by the fact that Congress decided to go aggressive in UP rather than being a docile third force in the state.An analysis of phase five seats throws an interesting insight. For example, in Banda, Congress has given ticket to Bal Kumar Patel, a Kurmi. The BJP has also fielded a Kurmi in RK Patel. The SP, on the other hand, has given ticket to Shyama Charan Gupta, an upper caste Hindu. In 2014, the SP-BSP combined vote share was well above 48 per cent as compared to BJP’S 40 per cent. In Banda, Dalit Chamars and OBC Yadavs dominate the voter demography with around 15 percent and 9 percent vote share respectively.For a non-Yadav, non-Jatav counter polarisation to work here, the BJP is banking strongly on the 8 per cent Kurmi votes in this constituency. But Congress might just puncture this “counter polarisation” through Bal Kumar, a local heavyweight. He is the nephew of Shiv Kumar Dadua, a dreaded dacoit who was gunned down by the special task force over a decade agoSimilarly, Congress’s decision to contest in Faizabad could spell trouble for the BJP. Here, the SP-BSP alliance is banking upon former UP Congress chief Nirmal Khatri eating into BJP’s upper caste and urban vote base. Khatri himself is an upper caste. The alliance is hoping for a consolidation of around 15 per cent Muslim voters, 13 per cent Yadav and around 5 per cent Chamar voters.In the four reserved constituencies of Behraich, Kaushambi, Mohanlalganj and Barabanki, the ‘Congress factor’ can be well understood. In Mohanlalganj, where Dalit Pasi constitute for more than 19 per cent voters, followed by OBC Yadavs at 13.5 per cent and Dalit Chamars at 10.3 per cent, the party has – just like gathbandhan and BJP –fielded a Pasi candidate. Former MLA RK Chowdhry is its candidate against CL Verma of the BSP and Kaushal Kishore of the BJP.In the present political scenario, if Congress candidate takes away a strong chunk of core Pasi vote bank, it would prove to be a big disadvantage for BJP. While the BSP can bank upon the assumed solidarity of Yadavs and Chamars, the triangular split of Pasi votes will be the bigger challenge for the saffron party.In Kaushambi, too, where the alliance looks very strong, Congress’s candidature can dent BJP’s hopes further with a possible breach in upper caste vote bank, which is around 16 per cent here. In 2014, the SP-BSP combined vote share was 54 per cent as compared to BJP’s 36.43 per cent. In 2009, it was even bigger at almost 80 per cent against the BJP’S 6.53 per cent. In Beharaich, Congress can become the Achilles heel for the BJP. It has fielded sitting BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule as its candidate. The SP has given a ticket to a Dalit with a Muslim name. Shabbir Ahmad Balmiki is the alliance candidate here. Akshaybar Lal is contesting on a BJP ticket. While the alliance is banking on the solidarity of 28 per cent Muslims, 8 per cent Chamars and around 7 per cent Yadavs, the BJP’s hope rests on the counter polarisation of 18 per cent non-Yadav OBCs, 12per cent upper castes and 12per cent MBC. The Congress, if it contests strongly in Beharaich, can seriously dent the BJP’s upper caste vote bank, keeping in mind the soft corner Brahmins possess for the former. Even a slightest of dent could be dangerous. Analysis of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls shows that BJP got 46.28 per cent votes and the SP-BSP together got 46.42 per cent votes.In Barabanki, however, the Congress is in a serious race to win. That’s is why, while addressing a rally in the constituency on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi said, “SP-BSP’S remote control is with the BJP”. The Congress president was referring to the pending corruption cases against the top leaders of the two parties and a possible misuse of the central investigating agencies by the ruling BJP.No doubt, in constituencies like Barabanki, the grand old party wants to try mobilisation of non-BJP votes, especially of minorities, by establishing that it is Congress that is locked in fight against the BJP and not the alliance. The constituency has around 16 per cent Muslims, 15 per cent pasis, 11.7 per cent kurmi OBCs, 9.4 per cent Yadavs and 9 per cent Dalit chamars. About 17 per cent voters are from the upper castes.In Dhaurara, where the Yadav-Chamar combination doesn’t dominate, Congress will be banking on a strong penetration among the 21 per cent upper caste voters. Jitin being a Brahmin could be a further advantage. The party further hopes of consolidation of around 13 per cent Muslim votes along with other non-BJP votes. However, the fact that the BSP has fielded Muslim candidate Arshad Siddiqui, the ticket could be a cause of concern. The BJP has fielded Rekha Verma.But the ‘Congress factor’ is not entirely and always against the BJP, a case in point being certain seats like Saharanpur in Phase 1 and Farukhabad and Kheri in Phase 4. In phase five, too, there are a couple of seats where this factor can be a cause of concern for the alliance and a reason of hope for the BJP. For example, in Sitapur and Fatehpur constituencies, the BJP will hope that Congress eats into the alliance’s vote bank. In Sitapur, Congress has fielded former BSP leader and MP Kaiser Jahan. If she contests well, then the non-BJP votes, especially the Muslim votes, stand the risk of being divided. The BJP will then have hopes here, where in 2014 compared to its 40.66 per cent votes, the SP-BSP together had got 51 per cent votes.In Fatehpur, former SP MP Rakesh Sachan is contesting on a Congress ticket. Sachan, with his old Samajwadi credentials, can at the end of the day eat more into the alliance’s vote base than the BJP’s. And in a scenario where BJP and SP-BSP’s combined vote almost matched at around 45% each in 2014, the even a slightly strong position of the Congress could be a threat for the gathbandhan.Although BJP leader Smriti Irani is fighting a strong battle, in most VVIP seats of Amethi the Congress has been given a breather by the SP-BSP. The two parties are not contesting against Rahul and Sonia Gandhi. In 2014, Rahul had seen a big fall in his vote percentage. Compared to almost 72 per cent in 2009, in 2014, he polled just 36.71 per cent votes. Irani had got 34.38 per cent votes. The BSP had contested the 2014 elections and got around 7 per cent votes. Therefore, a tactical support from the BSP can be a significant help for Congress this time around.No wonder then that Priyanka openly admitted to either defeating the BJP directly or cutting into its vote share to indirectly to benefit the Gathbandhan. Whether or not her statement comes true will be interesting to observe in this phase.However, many within the SP-BSP fail to understand the rationale behind divulging the strategy. A viewpoint in some quarters is that it might not make the right noise with a certain section of voters, especially the upper caste Brahmins.Sources say both Akhilesh and Mayawati think so. In this election, they are guided by the understanding that upper castes will not vote for them but can vote for the Congress. It was this rationale which led them to keep Congress away from the alliance, thinking an independent Congress would help them by cutting into BJP’s upper caste vote bank. That’s why not just Akhilesh, but Mayawati too was quick to attack the Congress. “Both Congress-BJP are hand-in-glove and want to defeat the alliance,” she had said. last_img read more

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SP to Support AAP in Two Delhi Seats and BSP in Rest

first_imgNew Delhi: The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) said on Monday it would support Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Delhi and also the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in two seats.According to directions of the top leadership, SP workers in Delhi will work for the BSP candidates, the spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party’s Delhi unit, RS Yadav, said in a statement. “We will also support New Delhi and North West Delhi (reserved) candidates of the AAP as the BSP has not fielded its candidates there,” Yadav added.The BSP has fielded Sanjay Gehlot (East Delhi), Rajvir Singh (North East Delhi), Sita Sharan (West Delhi), Shahid Ali(Chandni Chowk) and Siddhant Gautam (South Delhi). aam aadmi partyBahujan samaj partychandni-chowk-s30p01delhi-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: May 6, 2019, 11:38 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Congress Protests Illegal Merger of 12 Party MLAs with TRS in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: Stepping up its attack on Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) over the “illegal” merger of 12 Congress MLAs in Telangana with that party, the opposition Congress staged protests Tuesday in Hyderabad and other towns in the state.Activists of National Students Union of India (NSUI), the students wing of Congress, organised a protest at Nampalli area here against the merger of the 12 Congress MLAs with the TRS and “forced” hospitalisation of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader M Bhatti Vikramarka. Congress leaders and workers, raising slogans against TRS,held protests at Karimnagar and other places in the state. Vikramarka began an indefinite fast at Dharna Chowk in the city on Saturday against the merger.He was shifted to a government hospital Monday morning by police in view of his “failing health” and also for holding the protest beyond the permitted time. Vikramarka called off his fast in the hospital Monday following an appeal by state Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and other leaders. They urged him to end the fast as his health was a matter of concern. Uttam Kumar Reddy, also MP-elect, Monday said his party would seek an appointment with the President to take up the “illegal” merger issue with him, besides raising it in Parliament.Telangana Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy Thursday last recognised 12 MLAs of Congress as members of TRS, hours after they moved him, seeking merger of their group with the ruling party. The Speaker acceded to their request, considering the fact that they constituted two-thirds of the Congress Legislature Party, a requirement for merger under the anti-defection law.The Congress won 19 seats in the assembly polls in December 2018. But 11 of them had announced (during the last few months) their decision to leave the party and join TRS. As the Congress strength has come down to six, one less than that of AIMIM, it may lose the status of the main opposition party in the 119-member House. congressHyderabadNational Students’ Union of IndiaTelangana First Published: June 11, 2019, 8:26 PM ISTlast_img read more

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With a 500 lower sticker the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid packs in

first_imgStory Timeline2018 Hyundai Sonata brings minor changes, new transmission for Turbo model2018 Hyundai Sonata First Drive: 5 things you need to know2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrids revealed in Chicago It’s actually the same engine and motor as the old Sonata Hybrid, as is the six speed automatic transmission. However, Hyundai has increased the lithium-ion battery size this time around. That’s now been bumped to 1.76 kWh, a 9-percent increase from the 1.62 kWh of the old car. Together with tweaks to the engine, it adds up to a nudge up the efficiency charts, too. In fact, both city and highway fuel economy have been improved by one mile per gallon. Combined MPG is expected to be 42 miles per gallon on the EPA’s cycle. Despite that, you’re actually saving $500 from the entry-level 2017 Sonata Hybrid. The 2018 car kicks off from $25,500, with features like blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alerts included as standard. The 2018 Sonata Hybrid Limited steps up to $30,500, while the 2018 Sonata Hybrid Limited with Ultimate Package is $34,350. All have an $885 destination charge. AdChoices广告The Limited trim adds a panoramic sunroof, bi-function LED headlamps, and LED interior lighting. Meanwhile, the Limited with Ultimate Package gets automatic emergency braking, lane keep-assist, and a wireless charging pad in the cabin, along with a heated steering wheel. Available features include full LED headlamps, forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and an extra USB port. The steering wheel is now a three-spoke design, wrapped in lather. All cars get a backup camera, drive mode select, heated side mirrors, and solar control glass. Cloth seating surfaces are standard, on the entry level car at least, but the Sonata Hybrid Limited gets leather with both heating and ventilation for the front seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range, as is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There’s also standard dual automatic climate control, hands-free trunk opener, and keyless entry. The Ultimate Package adds niceties like navigation on a larger, 8-inch touchscreen, Infinity premium audio system, and parking sensors. Sales of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid are kicking off now, the automaker says. Hyundai has priced up its new 2018 Sonata Hybrid, and if you’re in the market for both fuel efficiency and value at the dealership this might be the sedan for you. The new 2018 Sonata Hybrid borrows the styling of its gas-only sibling, but these a 2.0-liter GDI 4-cylinder gas engine and a 38 kW electric motor under the hood. last_img read more

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Theres bad 2020 Kia Soul EV news

first_imgStory Timeline2020 Kia Soul EV leads funky 3rd-Gen refreshForget hamsters, the 2020 Kia Soul EV is charming by itself Patience is a virtue would-be 2020 Kia Soul EV drivers in the US will have to learn, with the news that the hotly-anticipated all-electric car won’t go on sale until next year. Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018, the original roadmap saw the new Soul EV arriving on dealership forecourts sometime this year. For select markets that may well hold true, but the US is no longer one of them. Interest in the 2020 Soul EV stemmed in no small part because of its significantly improved range over the outgoing model. Kia switched out the old, 30 kWh battery pack for a 64 kWh version. It was enough to increase range from a pedestrian 111 miles of driving to 243 miles according to EPA estimates. Kia combined that with punchy, distinctive looks that have proved a perennial favorite for Soul buyers, and a boost in cabin tech. Power is up, too, with 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque on tap. Along with the expectation that – like the existing 2019 Soul EV – Kia would price the new car competitively, many drivers were excited. Sadly, they’ll have to wait longer for a new set of keys. Kia confirmed to Wards Auto that the US release now probably won’t be happening until next year. “Soul EV will probably be [launching in the US] next year,” Michael Cole, chief operating officer for Kia Motors America, confirmed. No specific reason for the roadmap change was given, though demand elsewhere in the world for the Kia Niro EV could well give an explanation. The Niro EV – which shares its electrified basis with the Soul EV – has been in “extremely high” demand outside of the US, Cole suggested. That, combined with upcoming European Union CO2 regulations which will demand automakers achieve a 95 grams of CO2 per 100km milestone by 2020, has focused EV supply in markets beyond the US. If car companies don’t hit that EU target, they face enormous fines. While not explicitly stated, then, it looks more than possible that Kia opted to delay the 2020 Soul EV’s release in the US in favor of ensuring sufficient supply of the car for European sales. Even when the 2020 Soul EV does launch in the US, it won’t be a common sight on every road. Kia plans to release it in the fourteen US states that have adopted the zero-emission rules set out by California, the COO confirmed. Pricing for the car has not been announced for the US. The Kona EV starts at $37,495, inclusive of destination fees but before any federal and state incentives. The new 2020 Soul EV seems likely to fall in the same ballpark.last_img read more

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Mich Gov Urged To Set Up Exchange By Executive Order Oregon Plans

first_imgMich. Gov. Urged To Set Up Exchange By Executive Order; Oregon Plans Campaign To Urge People To Buy Insurance This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The health law’s insurance exchanges make news in Michigan, where the governor won’t get House approval to start work on the marketplace, and in Oregon, where the exchange board eyes a communication campaign to help insure people.The Associated Press/CBS News: Michigan House Won’t Take Up Health ExchangeA rift among Michigan’s Republican lawmakers means Gov. Rick Snyder won’t get the House approval he wants Wednesday to start work on a website for purchasing health insurance that’s required under the federal health care law. House Speaker Jase Bolger’s spokesman, Ari Adler, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Republican caucus remains divided and won’t be ready to act on the health insurance exchange when lawmakers return Wednesday after a five-week break (7/18).Detroit Free Press: Michigan Health Reform Group Wants Gov. Rick Snyder To Issue Executive OrderA health care reform organization Wednesday called on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to issue an executive order to create a state health insurance exchange, one day after a top Republican leader said the state needs more time to set up the program. Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, a Lansing nonprofit with 155 member groups, issued a statement encouraging Snyder to give his own go-ahead for an exchange — a largely Web-based program for comparing and buying insurance. “The delay of health exchange legislation that has been created by needless obstruction by a handful of misguided politicians has put Michigan consumers in a weak position with respect to establishing a state-based health exchange,” its statement said (Anstett, 7/19).The Lund Report: Health Insurance Exchange Board Hammers Out Choice, Communication IssueThe Health Insurance Exchange Board intends to launch an aggressive communication campaign next summer and encourage people to purchase insurance so they can avoid paying a penalty starting in January 2014 when the Affordable Care Act kicks in. Each insurer will be limited to three health plan options in the individual and small group market, which should avoid confusion, Rocky King, executive director, told the exchange board last week. Massachusetts learned that lesson the hard way, he said, and ended up dropping plans after implementing a statewide insurance mandate (McCurdy, 7/18).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Latinos Could Benefit Most From Health LawLatinos, who are uninsured at disproportionately high rates in Colorado, could gain the most as health reform takes hold. That’s what happened in Massachusetts, which in 2006 became the first state in the nation to require health coverage for all individuals and to implement a health insurance exchange. … In Colorado, about one-third of Hispanics are uninsured, according to the Colorado Health Access Survey’s (CHAS) latest results from 2011. The survey found that Hispanics were more likely to be uninsured than Anglos or African Americans. … About 21 percent of Colorado’s 5.1 million people are Latino, according to U.S. Census data (McCrimmon, 7/18).Meanwhile, ACOs take shape in various state markets –Modern Healthcare: Cigna Announces New ACO AgreementsCigna has announced new accountable care initiatives in several states. In California, the agreement with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, an affiliate of Sutter Health, will include as many as 21,000 patients. Cigna’s agreement with New West Physicians in Denver will cover about 7,800 patients, according to a news release from the Bloomfield, Conn.-based insurer (Evans, 7/18).Modern Healthcare: N.C. Blues, Wilmington Health Partner For ACOBlue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said it has formed an accountable care organization with Wilmington Health, a multispecialty physician group practice in southeastern North Carolina. The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based insurer said in a news release that the ACO’s development will include the launch of a new oncology program that will aim to improve outcomes by ensuring that patients receive treatments that follow evidence-based research (Lee, 7/18).last_img read more

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Poorer Cancer Patients Less Likely To Have Access To Experimental Drug Trials

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Poorer Cancer Patients Less Likely To Have Access To Experimental Drug Trials Reuters: Fewer Poor Cancer Patients Referred For Drug TrialsAmong people with advanced cancer, poorer patients are less likely to be referred for clinical trials of experimental drugs, a new study from the UK suggests. Because those early trials will eventually help regulators decide if drugs should be approved for a wider population, it’s important that test patients be representative of people the medications are designed to treat, researchers said (Pittman, 12/4).last_img read more

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Study Premiums In Red States After Health Law Rose More Than In

first_imgStudy: Premiums In Red States After Health Law Rose More Than In Blue States The Heritage Foundation reports that premiums for people who live in “red” states — those with more Republicans — are seeing their health coverage premiums rise more on average than those in “blue” states. In the meantime, an analysis shows how many people will be eligible for health law coverage subsidies in Georgia and Oregon.Fox News: Obamacare Price Hikes Hit Red States HardestExperiencing sticker-shock at the price of insurance on Obamacare exchanges? That’s more likely if you live in a “red state” that didn’t vote for Obama, according to price data compiled by the Heritage Foundation. In red states, premiums for 27-year-olds rose an average of 78 percent on ObamaCare exchanges, whereas in “blue states” that voted for Obama, premiums rose a smaller 50 percent. Senate critics of Obamacare say the difference is one way in which the bill is unfair (Lott, 11/5).Georgia Health News: 654,000 Eligible For Subsidies On Exchange More than 650,000 Georgians will be eligible for subsidies in the health insurance exchange, the seventh-highest total in the nation, a new report said Tuesday. A total of 17 million people who are uninsured or who buy their own coverage will be eligible for the discounts, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis (Miller, 11/5).The Oregonian: Cover Oregon: Study’s Estimates On Enrollment, Tax Credits Raise Stakes For Health Exchange Nearly 190,000 Oregonians could qualify next year for federal tax credits to bring down health insurance costs by using the state’s health exchange. That’s less than half the state’s previous estimate. But in an odd twist, that’s actually good news because it reflects lower premiums in Oregon than in most other states (Budnick, 11/5). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Drugmaker Pushes New Drug Over Cheaper Equivalent At Medicares Expense

first_imgDrugmaker Pushes New Drug Over Cheaper Equivalent At Medicare’s Expense The Washington Post explores the public impact of two equivalent drugs that both prevent blindness but which have very different prices. Other media report on the federal court decision in Connecticut that temporarily blocks UnitedHealthcare from dropping more than 2,000 doctors from its Medicare Advantage network in that state.The Washington Post: An Effective Eye Drug Is Available For $50. But Many Doctors Choose a $2,000 Alternative.The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company. Avastin costs about $50 per injection. Lucentis costs about $2,000 per injection. Doctors choose the more expensive drug more than half a million times every year, a choice that costs the Medicare program, the largest single customer, an extra $1 billion or more annually (Whoriskey and Keating, 12/7).Kaiser Health News: Judge’s Medicare Advantage Order Could Have National ImpactIn a decision that could have national implications, a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare late Thursday from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in that state. While the judge’s decision affects only the physicians in Fairfield and Hartford Counties who brought suit, several other medical groups are considering filing similar actions (Jaffe, 12/6).The CT Mirror: Judge Blocks UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Doctor Cuts A federal judge has temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare’s move to terminate Connecticut physicians from its Medicare Advantage network. U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill granted a preliminary injunction requested by the Fairfield County Medical Association and the Hartford County Medical Association. The two medical groups took legal action after UnitedHealthcare notified about 2,200 doctors that they would be dropped from its Medicare Advantage network as of Feb. 1 (Becker, 12/6). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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