Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Noah Michelson, the Voices Editorial Director and Executive Editor of Queer Voices at Huff Post as well as the co-host of the Love + Sex Podcast returns to the show as he does every Thursday to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines over at Queer Voices.  Be sure to follow Noah of Twitter!

As the United States attempts to understand and deal with the ongoing opioid epidemic, much of the debate surrounding who’s to blame has been centered on drug makers, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies and doctors.  However according to a new report by The New York Times and ProPublica, insurance companies also share in the blame.  The reports details how insurers have encouraged the opioid crisis by limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications because opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.  Joining me today to talk all about this cost saving measure that the insurance industry has employed and the role it has played in unleashing a devastating epidemic across the country is reporter for The New York Times Katie Thomson who co-authored the report with Charles Ornstein of ProPublica.

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