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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denies attempt to reinstate Medi-Cal cuts

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of healthcare providers, denying a request by the California Department of Health Care Services to suspend a preliminary injunction that currently is preventing the implementation of Medi-Cal cuts.

Last month, Judge Christina Snyder issued a final ruling in California Medical Association et al. v. Douglas, granting the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction, enjoining the state of California from implementing or otherwise applying its 10% Medi-Cal rate reduction. Plaintiffs in the original case were the California Medical Association, California Dental Association, California Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, California Association of Medical Product Suppliers, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and American Medical Response.


DHCS immediately filed an emergency stay request, which would have suspended Snyder’s preliminary injunction until there was a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That request has been denied.


“We are pleased with the court’s decision, once again,” stated James T. Hay, CMA president. “It is time for the state to stop looking to the Medi-Cal program for their budget problems. The court has spoken and proposed cuts have been blocked. Let’s move forward and find a solution rather than continuing down this road.”


“In her ruling last month, Judge Snyder said that ‘fiscal crisis does not outweigh the serious irreparable injury plaintiffs would suffer absent the issuance of an injunction,’” Hay added. “It’s time that DHCS take guidance from her judgment.”



Added NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson, "We applaud the court’s decision to preserve patient access to pharmacy care. Community pharmacy provides unsurpassed value in improving patient health and reducing costs across the board. The proposed Medi-Cal cuts would compromise patient health and access to pharmacy services, thus driving up healthcare costs. The court acted wisely in siding with patients in denying the state’s request for a stay."

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Walgreens, Duane Reade to square off on ADA fundraising competition

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens and Duane Reade stores are facing off on a challenge regarding which banner can raise the most funds over a four-week period in the fall in support of the American Diabetes Association Greater New York City Area, the ADA announced Monday.

Duane Reade will conduct the campaign in October and Walgreens will conduct the campaign in November.

Duane Reade has a long history with the American Diabetes Association in New York, having participated in pin-up campaigns over the last few years with the highest total achieved being more than $200,000. Duane Reade also has been integral in the movement to stop diabetes through involvement in a wide variety of programmatic outreach, including the Feria de Salud health festival in the South Bronx.

Walgreens’ acquisition of Duane Reade in 2010 has further strengthened both organizations’ commitment to health and wellness, the ADA noted. Walgreens also has developed a close relationship with the ADA as a National Strategic Partner supporting pin-up campaigns across the country and taking leadership roles on several community leadership boards throughout the association.

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Yankee Candle gears up for summer with new collection

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle is rolling out new scented candles for summer 2012.

The five new scents, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, pink dragon fruit, wild passion fruit, Fruit Fusion and Oceanside, are inspired by one of three distinct experiences: the joy of youth, the tenderness of romance or the simplicity of the outdoors.

"Summer is a season all about having fun," Yankee Candle SVP brand, design and innovation Hope Margala Klein said. "Our new scents provide a delightful way to bring the best the season has to offer into your home."

The candles carry a suggested retail price range of $10.99 to $27.99.

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