Douglas Announces New Rx Drug Pool for Vermont

first_imgGovernor Douglas Announces New Rx Drug Pool for VermontMontpelier — Governor Jim Douglas has announced he will propose aprogram to help Vermont’s employers’ pool their purchasing power tonegotiate lower prescription drug prices for their employees.”This new pooling program will allow participating employers to affordprescription drug benefits for their employees by taking advantage of bulkpurchasing discounts,” the Governor said.Governor Douglas said this effort is modeled on the multi-state purchasingpool he formed with Michigan in 2003, the nation’s first successfulmulti-state buying pool for Medicaid drugs. This pool saved Vermont $2million in the last fiscal year and is expected to save $ 3 million thisyear.”This is exactly the kind of innovative thinking Vermont needs,” Douglassaid. “Just as we have done with the Multi-State Pool, this in-state poolis a creative way to enhance leverage with the nation’s largepharmaceutical companies, and use real pressure to drive down costs.”The formula for buying pools is simple; as participation in the pool growsso too does the savings. “I’m very excited about the potential of this new program. It is a goodway to put pressure on the drug industry and help drive down prescriptiondrug costs for employees,” Governor Douglas said.”This new bulk buying pool is a market-based solution to the increasingcost of pharmaceuticals, and as more states see that this is an effortthat works, just has it has in the multi-state pool, drug costs willdecline further.Governor Douglas stressed that pooling programs demonstrate that solutionsto the increasing cost of pharmaceuticals are not artificial price orgovernment-run health care. “These pooling programs prove that usingpurchasing power to lower costs can work, and there is no need forgovernment-run health care that empowers politicians rather thanpatients,” he said.Governor Douglas also reiterated his proposals to require health careplans to disclose drug prices to doctors and patients and offer valueprice alternatives for generic drugs.COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORMThe Governor’s plan to help companies to pool together to negotiate forlower drug prices comes one week after Douglas presented his secondcomprehensive plan-A Prescription for a Healthy Vermont-for makingquality, affordable health care available to every Vermonter.By including the Fit and Healthy Kids and Chronic Care initiatives,long-term care reforms, a healthy aging initiative, prescription drugprice reduction efforts, and commitments to reducing substance abuse andencouraging healthy choices, Douglas has made comprehensive and long-termreform of Vermont’s health care delivery system and improving the overallhealth of Vermonters a central component of his plan to reduce health carecosts.”We need to do more than just change who pays the bill. If costs continueto increase at the current rate, it won’t matter what pocket the moneycomes from because they’ll all be empty,” the Governor has said. “That iswhy I have offered true reforms that tackle the root causes of risinghealth care costs, opens our system up to low cost options, encourageshealthy decisions and preventative care, and attacks health concerns attheir inception before they develop into more serious and costlyailments.”Douglas says Vermont needs to maintain a patient-centered system thatoffers more individual choice and keeps health care decisions in the handsof patients and doctors, not government bureaucrats.To lower the cost of health insurance, Governor Douglas proposed a planthat would immediately reduce premiums by 15 percent for every Vermonterwith an individual insurance plan; offer low and middle income Vermontersa premium discount of up to 60 percent; reduce, by up to 50 percent, thecost for a small business to start providing insurance to employees; anddecrease the number of uninsured Vermonters by 20 percent in the firstyear alone.”But we won’t stop there,” Douglas stressed. “I will work every year tomake progress toward our goal of affordable and accessible health care foreveryone.”last_img read more


Do This: Long Island Concert & Events May 5–11

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chris IsaakBest known for his 1991 smash hit “Wicked Game” and the video that cemented supermodel Helena Christiansen into the hearts and minds of adolescent boys for all eternity, Chris Isaak is a multi-talented rockabilly crooner and television personality whose understated voice and smooth guitar has been featured in multiple films including True Romance, Blue Velvet and Married to the Mob. This cooler than cool, sexier than sexy musician has a stage presence that drips charisma and a masterful command of his one-of-a-kind Gibson guitar, which has his name inlaid across its body, but it’s that voice that will bring Long Islanders to see him live. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. May 5.BushBritish rock group Bush is out to reclaim its fame performing their comeback album The Sea of Memories, their first release in 20 years (its main song “The Sea of Winter” topped charts for 6 weeks). Bush rose to success in the ‘90s selling close to 20 million records in the US and Canada alone, and pumping out 18 consecutive Top 40 Hit Singles on the Modern and Mainstream Rock charts, including “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” “Swallowed,” “The Chemicals Between Us” and “The Sound of Winter”. The comeback is not stopping anytime soon, and with a new album in the works, Rolling Stone predicts the continuation of Bush’s “vital viva-la-grunge manifesto.” Opening the show is The Dose. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. May 5.Mick FoleyShowcasing his trademark blend of wildness and warmth while combining the humor WWE fans loved from his books and in-ring “promos” with the intensity of his most famous matches, this event is uproariously funny, simply surreal and surprisingly sensitive. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17-$32. 8 p.m. May 5.Thompson SquareWith a third album coming out later this year, country duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson are in their prime. After the success of their chart topping hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” they took time off for some studio collaborations and came back to the tune of over 30 award nominations. Their barefaced, gutsy and emotional sound plus the personal atmosphere they construct with audiences make them concert favorites. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$74.50. 8 p.m. May 6.David Bromberg QuintetThe Godfather of Americana mixes blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, Irish fiddle tunes, pop and English drinking songs until they’re happily coexisting as they can only on a Bromberg album. Newcomers will be introduced to an astonishing performer whose range and musical depth have delighted audiences for more than 40 years. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$60. 8 p.m. May 6.Generation AxeCalled a gathering of five “fiercely talented” guitar players, this tour experience incorporates a variety of collaborations between the five players and weaves in various individual hits with a few lesser known gems and on-the-spot riffs thrown in. With legendary guitar players who are enough of a privilege to view on their own, the combination is lethal. This dynamic group includes 3 time Grammy winner Steve Vai (who is also a native Long-Islander), Zakk Wylde (former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne), Yngwie Malmsteen (famous for his neo classical playing style in heavy metal), Nuno Bettencourt (lead guitarist of Extreme with his own guitar line), and Tosin Abasi (founder of the band Animals As Leaders). NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $40-$69.50. 8 p.m. May 6.Bike-to-Work Fashion ParadeCar-less Long Island, alternative transportation advocacy organization, invites cyclists to dress up their bikes for this parade that will follow a 6.5-mile loop beginning and ending at Hofstra University. There will be a festival with prizes for the best costumes and bikes at the end of the parade. Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. Car-LessLI.org/parade Free. 9 a.m. May 7.Nile RodgersLegendary guitarist, musician and producer Nile Rodgers has worked with the likes of David Bowie, Madonna, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Lady Gaga and a co-founding member of the band Chic which was one of the most successful groups of the disco era. A Grammy winner, Rodgers’s stamp is on countless hits, including “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell, and plans to share his expertise with a few lucky individuals at a Master Class talking songwriting, guitar playing and the music industry with a Q and A to follow. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $25-$50. 3 p.m. May 7BeartoothFans of fun, wild and hardcore metal and punk will dig Beartooth’s emphasis on catchy choruses and punk evident in their debut EP, Sick alone, which was followed by their first album Disgusting  in June 2014. This relatively new band plans to pump out a third album next month. Warming up the crowd will be Stray From The Path, My Ticket Home and Former. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $16. 5 p.m. May 7.ProngThis heavy metal band is a pioneer of the urban metal scene and has been cited by Nine Inch Nails and Demon Hunter as musical inspiration. Known for their brutal hardcore punk sound, Prong has released 8 studio albums, disbanded and reformed, and by now are veterans in their craft. Combining thrash, New York hardcore influences, and industrial overtones, Prong creates a unique sound. Supporting acts include Magus Beast, The Hard Way, Black Dawn and One More Breath. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $17, $20 DOS. 7:30 p.m. May 7.The Fab FauxTake five of the hardest-working musicians in NYC and give them the artistic freedom to explore the Beatles’ musical magic in a way you never imagined possible, and you’ll begin to discover what makes the Fab Faux’s shows so astounding.  These guys will be accompanied by the four-piece Hogshead Horns and Crème Tangerine Strings perform studio masterpieces and songs never performed live by the Beatles. They may be the walrus but all you need is love. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $59-$89. 8 p.m. May 7.The WeightOriginal member of beloved American group The Band Jim Weider and member of the second incarnation Randy Ciarlante come together with talented musicians Brian Mitchell, Marty Grebb and Albert Rogers to bring back the timeless music of The Band through their current group, The Weight. Said to bring back memories of Woodstock and the ‘70s, this band puts on a dynamic performance in bringing back legendary music while showcasing their own talent as a group. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$49.50. 8 p.m. May 7.The WhispersThe famed R&B band began its legendary career in ‘63, capturing the hearts and minds of music fans across the country while producing timeless romantic hits. They were such a force for years that the band’s self-titled 1980 album went platinum, cementing their place in history among R&B greats. Now they’re back and ready to serenade Long Island with their smooth sounds. With opening act The Manhattans & Regina Belle. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. May 7.The Summer of Love Concert ExperienceThis convert has audiences reliving the memories and celebrating the songs of the Woodstock generation, including the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas & the Papas, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more. All arrangements are played live and note-for-note by the highest caliber of musicians, including former Styx member and guitarist Glen Burtnik. The beautiful sounds of the Summer of Love will feature a horn section, rhythm section, back-up vocalists, string section, keyboardists, guitarists and more, supported by the most amazing light show production in Rock and Roll history. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $27-$57. 8 p.m. May 7.Pat Benatar & Neil GiraldoCreating a rocking and intimate atmosphere with entertaining interactions, four time Grammy winner and classically trained singer Pat Benatar and her husband, songwriter, producer, arranger and musician, Neil “Spyder” Giraldo create a unique sound through Giraldo’s innovative vision and Benatar’s incredible voice. The chemistry of Benatar—whose hits include “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong”, and “Invincible” —and multi-instrumentalist Giraldo has captivated music lovers for three decades and still selling out concerts, weaving rock ‘n’ roll, wit and banter together seamlessly. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $40-$79.50. 8 p.m. May10.Arlo GuthrieThe folk singer Arlo Guthrie celebrates the 50th anniversary of the little littering infraction that inspired the iconic song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre.” The tune has become a Thanksgiving holiday anthem to families across the globe, and it all originates from Guthrie’s experience in Massachusetts on Thanksgiving in ‘65.  Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $77-$107. 8 p.m. May 10.Bullet for My ValentineThis Welsh metal band is making a triumphant return to the stage with their fifth record, Venom, which topped charts around the world. With style inspired by Metallica and Guns n’ Roses, mixed with Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan as songwriting inspirations, BFMV is known for feeding off the crowd’s energy and giving concerts their all. Opening the show is Asking Alexandria and Cane Hill. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$55. 7:30 p.m. May 11.-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more


Lady Twisters Netters Racking Up Victories

first_imgOldenburg Academy  defeated  Eest Central 4-1 on Thursday (5-8).1 singles: Sarah Wilder def Alyssa DeFiglio 6-0, 6-42 singles: Molly Rippe def Alexia Lamberdines 6-4, 3-6, 6-33 singles: Sophia Imereni def Ashley Sedler 6-0 6-2 (lone EC win)1 doubles Ella Lamping/Claire Dickey def Abby Ashton/ LauraKuebel 6-4 6-12 doubles Ivy and Margaret Glaser def Morgan Weber/Gwen Kern 8-2 3-6 7-6 (2)JV winners for OA included Taylor McGraw and Melinda ZitnickOA defeated  Franklin County 3-2  on Wednesday (5-7).Varsity winners were Wilder, Lamping/Dickey and Glaser/GlaserJV winners included Meghan Gray, Zoe Brown, Melinda Zitnick, Andrea Rinck and Taylor McGraw.OA defeated Waldron 3-2 on Monday (5-5).Varsity winner were Wilder, Lamping/Dickey and Glaser/GlaserJV winners were Zitnick and McGrawOA Season Record: 8-3.Submitted by OA Coach Mark Wilder.last_img read more


English wins Ireland’s first medal

first_img Scotland’s Guy Learmonth faded to finish last in 1:47.84. English said: “I had a lot of energy at the end. I was trying to keep in line and keep in touch with Lewandowski because he is very hard to pass. “The first two laps were close to 50 seconds, so quite fast, but I kept accelerating and found the energy. “Also we did not have much time to relax. Usually there is a day’s rest between the semi-finals and finals in the outdoor season, but I have to get used to it. “I will celebrate tonight because you do not get a medal every season.” Mark English landed Ireland’s first medal at the European Indoor Championships as he timed his finish to perfection to take silver in the 800 metres in Prague. Press Associationcenter_img The 21-year-old, a European bronze medallist outdoors last summer, chased down Thijmen Kupers and dipped to cross the line in one minute 47.20 seconds, edging out the Dutchman by 0.05secs. Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski was the convincing winner in 1:46.67. last_img read more