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Court proceedings begin in Anthem-Cigna mega-merger suit

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and a bipartisan group of state attorneys started court proceedings to block the $48 billion mega-merger between Anthem and Cigna. The merger, if allowed to proceed, would reduce competition and increase health plan market power, compromising patients’ access to care and negatively impacting the quality and affordability of health care across the country.

Facing Addiction in America: New Surgeon General's Report Could be another Landmark

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, issued a landmark report, "Facing Addiction in America," early Thursday highlighting the scope of the nation's drug and alcohol problem, examining the science, and demanding an evidence-based, integrated public health response. An informed look at the new Surgeon General's report will appear in the January/February edition of San Francisco Medicine; for now, this MedPage story contains a good analysis and links to the report itself: