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Take into account rising healthcare costs

Take into account rising healthcare costs

Navigating the healthcare system in the United States can often feel like getting lost in a maze. What kind of doctor should I see? Who takes my insurance? What is a co-payment anyway?For this reason, Chris Hamby, an investigative journalist, has dedicated much of his five-year career at the New York Times to guiding readers through such dizzying questions. His latest article, published online this month, explores the complex topic of insurance bills.Last year, Hamby began investigating MultiPlan, a data company that partners with several major health insurance companies, including UnitedHealthcare, Cigna and Aetna. After a patient goes to an out-of-network medical provider, the insurer often uses MultiPlan to recommend the amount to reimburse the provider.Mr Hamby's investigation...
Thursday Briefing – The New York Times

Thursday Briefing – The New York Times

European leaders visit Israel, seeking restraint on IranDavid Cameron, the British foreign secretary, acknowledged that Israel seemed certain to retaliate against Iran, despite calls for restraint from Israel's allies.“It's clear that the Israelis are making the decision to act,” Cameron told the BBC shortly before meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We hope they do it in a way that does as little as possible to aggravate the situation.”Israel's allies have joined other world leaders in repeatedly pressuring Netanyahu to avoid taking any action that could increase tensions with Iran, which fired more than 300 missiles and drones at Israel over the weekend. Israel's war cabinet has met several times since then to discuss when and how to respond, and official...
The TikTok bill will be combined with aid to Ukraine and Israel, the speaker of the House indicates

The TikTok bill will be combined with aid to Ukraine and Israel, the speaker of the House indicates

The House made another push Wednesday to push through legislation that would require the sale of TikTok by its Chinese owner or ban the app in the United States, accelerating efforts to disrupt the popular social media app.President Mike Johnson has indicated he plans to package the measure, a modified version of a standalone bill passed by the House last month, with foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.While the new legislation would still require TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, to sell the app to owners who have resolved national security concerns, it includes an option to extend the sale deadline to nine months from the original six months , according to the text of the law. legislation enacted by House leadership. The president could extend the deadline another 90 days ...
Israel will respond to Iran's attack, Cameron says

Israel will respond to Iran's attack, Cameron says

For days, Israel's closest Western allies have implored the country's wartime government not to risk triggering a wider war by responding too forcefully to last weekend's barrage of Iranian missiles and drones. And top German and British diplomats delivered this message in person to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday.But Netanyahu emerged from those talks determined that his country would not bow to any outside pressure in choosing its response. Before a cabinet meeting he declared that Israel "will do whatever is necessary to defend itself" and warned allies that "we will make our own decisions," according to his office.British Foreign Secretary David Cameron acknowledged shortly before meeting the prime minister that Israel was unlikely to heed the ...
Long-acting drugs can revolutionize HIV prevention and treatment

Long-acting drugs can revolutionize HIV prevention and treatment

A pill to be taken once a week. An injection given at home once a month. Also a vaccination administered in a clinic every six months.In the next 5 to 10 years, these options may be available to prevent or treat HIV. Instead of drugs that must be taken daily, scientists are moving towards longer-acting alternatives – perhaps even a future where HIV might require attention only twice a day. year, inconceivable in the darkest decades of the epidemic.“This period represents the next wave of innovation, new products are meeting people's needs, particularly in prevention, in ways we've never had before,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of the HIV prevention organization AVAC .Long-acting therapies can obviate the need to remember to take a daily pill to prevent or treat HIV...
In Ukraine with the soldiers of the International Legion

In Ukraine with the soldiers of the International Legion

There are many reasons why a foreigner might enlist to fight a war that doesn't concern him.One, of course, is money. Permanent contracts in Ukraine pay, on average, about $2,500 a month, an attractive sum for some men who arrived there from countries with few good economic opportunities for them.But some fighters at the woods post of the 2nd International Legion, created at the direction of the Ukrainian president in the days after Russia's invasion in February 2022, said they were looking for something more.One soldier, a Pole named Konrad 13, described the war as a calling, even a blessing. Back home, he said, he had a troubled upbringing. Then, at age 41, he felt like he was at a dead end.Yes, the pay is attractive, says Konrad 13, but so is the sense of purpose.“When I got ...
Rusty Foster Tracks Media Gossip From an Island in Maine

Rusty Foster Tracks Media Gossip From an Island in Maine

In a time when the headlines are dominated by wars and a divisive presidential campaign, the magazine-world rivalry between The Atlantic and The New Yorker doesn’t amount to much.So you might have missed it when, on April 2, The Atlantic beat The New Yorker in three big categories at the 2024 National Magazine Awards.But to Rusty Foster, who chronicles the media industry and internet culture in his daily newsletter, Today in Tabs, The Atlantic’s victory was big news.Shortly after the awards ceremony, which took place at Terminal 5 in Manhattan, Mr. Foster tapped out a fanciful report for his audience of media obsessives. Under the headline “Shutout at the TK Corral,” he wrote that David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, “solemnly folded up and ate each of his prepared speeches as he w...
The United States plans new sanctions against Iran

The United States plans new sanctions against Iran

The United States plans to impose new sanctions on Iran in the coming days to punish it for attacks on Israel over the weekend, US officials said on Tuesday.Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, said in a statement that the sanctions will target Iran's "missile and drone program" and entities that support the country's military groups.“These new sanctions and other measures will continue to apply sustained pressure to contain and degrade Iran’s military capability and effectiveness and address the full range of its problematic behaviors,” Sullivan said.Sullivan did not specify how sanctions might undermine Iran's weapons programs, but a Treasury official, who declined to be named to discuss private deliberations, said the United States was looking for ways to cut off...
US Restricts Deadly Mining Dust as Black Lung Resurrects

US Restricts Deadly Mining Dust as Black Lung Resurrects

Federal regulators on Tuesday issued new protections for miners against a type of dust long known to cause deadly lung disease — changes recommended by government researchers half a century ago.Mining companies will have to limit concentrations of airborne silica, a mineral commonly found in rocks that can be lethal if ground up and inhaled. The new requirements affect more than 250,000 miners who mine coal, a variety of metals and minerals used in products such as cement and smartphones. Tuesday's announcement is the culmination of a tortuous regulatory process that has spanned four presidential administrations.The miners paid dearly for the delay. As progress on the rule stalled, government researchers documented with growing alarm a resurgence of severe black lung afflicting youn...