OPINION: SENATE VOTE NEXT LOGICAL STEP IN OBAMACARE REPEAL

By Laurie Ehlbeck

Obamacare has been, to put it mildly, burdensome for small businesses in New Jersey. Soon, the Senate will have a chance to do something about it.

Year after year, when the National Federation of Independent Business surveys its members, they say their number one priority is healthcare, but the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has made things more difficult for them. Its onerous taxes and mandates have increased costs and reduced choices.

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Posted: June 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey, ObamaCare, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Op-Ed: The Opioid-Addiction Industrial Complex – America’s Dirty Secret

Scott Rudder Turn on any radio or television channel and you will hear a report or an advertisement about the opioid addiction crisis in New Jersey and across the United States. If you continue to stay tuned to that channel, you will hear an advertisement promoting a prescription drug to help you with your pain issues.… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Heroin, Medical Marijuana, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Op-Ed: The Opioid-Addiction Industrial Complex – America’s Dirty Secret

Angry Christie wants more control of Horizon’s board, profits

Governor Chris Christie  (Governor’s Office/ Mykwain Gainey)

JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie is done asking Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to pay big bucks to expand drug treatment in New Jersey. Now, he’s telling. Christie on Thursday announced he was proposing legislation giving future governors the ability to appoint four new directors to Horizon’s 15 member board, require greater… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Health Care, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

Meet the lawyer trying to pry drug pricing secrets out of Big Pharma

He has a private jet, a pedigree of winning billion-dollar settlements, and the (sometimes grudging) respect of his adversaries. Now, he wants to become pharma’s latest headache. Class-action attorney Steve Berman is coming after a drug industry he says is “gouging” the American consumer. And his suits have the potential to crack the lid on the… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Meet the lawyer trying to pry drug pricing secrets out of Big Pharma

Memorial Sloan Kettering partnership with Hackensack Meridian gives N.J. cancer patients more experimental treatment options

assetcontentNUTLEY — One of the nation’s oldest and most respected cancer care centers is partnering with one of New Jersey’s largest hospital systems in what was called a “momentous” deal that could give the state’s cancer patients access to more experimental treatments and specialists, company officials said. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York signed… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Memorial Sloan Kettering partnership with Hackensack Meridian gives N.J. cancer patients more experimental treatment options

New cancer center brings Sloan Kettering care closer to home for N.J. patients

assetcontentMIDDLETOWN – The rebirth of a long-vacant building into a state-of-the-art outpatient cancer treatment center was celebrated Monday with a ceremony in Middletown. Manhattan-based cancer center Memorial Sloan Kettering purchased the vacant former Lucent Technologies building on Red Hill Road in 2013 and is now just weeks away from opening the new outpatient facility featuring about… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on New cancer center brings Sloan Kettering care closer to home for N.J. patients

CDC warns of new fungus infection that struck 2 in N.J.

assetcontentFederal officials are warning doctors nationwide about a new fungal infection that is potentially fatal – and resistance to most antibiotics. Two of the seven cases reported so far involved New Jersey patients who were treated at the same unidentified New Jersey hospital, said the health care alert issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on CDC warns of new fungus infection that struck 2 in N.J.

N.J. residents with Obamacare only have two choices next year

assetcontentTRENTON — New Jersey residents will only be able to choose between two companies this year in the federal health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for 2017 begins on Tuesday and lasts through January. New Jersey residents can choose between plans from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey or… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. residents with Obamacare only have two choices next year

Christie Signs Law Allowing PTSD To Be Treated With Medical Marijuana

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New Jersey Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patients can be treated with Medical Marijuana, after conventional treatments have failed, under a bill signed by Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday. The new law took effect upon Christie signing the bill.

The bill, which passed with veto proof majorities in the Assembly and Senate, adds PTSD to the list of debilitating medical conditions that can be legally treated with cannabis under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

In a statement issued with the enactment of the bill, Christie cited the increase in PTSD among military veterans and others since the terrorist attack upon the United States on September 11, 2001.  Christie said he was directing the Commissioner of the Department of Health to promulgate regulations to deter the abuse of medical marijuana that might result from the enactment of this new law.

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Posted: September 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Health Care, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Christie Signs Law Allowing PTSD To Be Treated With Medical Marijuana

Cancer free six months later

By Muriel J. Smith              

merrygroround muriel (1)For all of you who followed my five part series on breast cancer, cryoablation, and the trial that may well reduce surgeries for some women, it has been six months since I had the simple procedure which consisted of a radiologist inserting a frozen needle into my breast and killing the cancer that was sitting there.

Although the oncologist, the radiologist, and most of all me, all knew the cancer was long gone, it’s part of the trial procedure to have a mammography six months after to be scientifically sure.  Also as part of the trial, I would meet with the oncologist who had given me the option of having her perform surgery or the radiologist eliminating cancer with the needle.

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Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Breast Cancer, Health Care, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Cancer free six months later