Articles by Jef Feeley and John Lauerman

States Study Tobacco Lawsuit Tactics for Fight Over Opioid Costs

State and local leaders fighting a worsening opioid abuse epidemic are studying tactics used in the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s, as they try to claw back billions from the companies who make and sell the powerful painkillers. More than …

Parrot Bite? In-Law Woes? Whatever the Health Claim, There’s an Insurance Code

There are 70,000 ways to get sick, hurt or mortally injured, and the U.S. is making them official. Last Thursday, U.S. hospitals, doctors and other care providers had to start using internationally developed standards called ICD-10 codes to bill government …

Dartmouth College Considering Campus Ban on Serving Hard Liquor

Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, is considering banning hard liquor on campus as part of a series of measures to curb student alcohol abuse and sexual assault. President Philip Hanlon is expected to propose the change in a speech …

Obamacare Tax Stalls ‘Cadillac’ Health Plans

Large employers are increasingly putting an end to their most generous health-care coverage as a tax on “Cadillac” insurance plans looms closer under Obamacare. Employees including bankers at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and college professors at Harvard University are seeing …

UVA May Extend Ban on Fraternity Activities as Board Pledges Improved Safety

University of Virginia leaders said Tuesday that a ban on fraternity activities may be extended and pledged to increase campus safety and change the school’s sex, alcohol and fraternity culture after a searing report of an alleged gang rape at …

CDC ‘Go’ Team Sprints to New York as City Faces First Ebola Case

Start packing for New York, the “go” team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was told. A doctor there was back from a West African hot zone with Ebola-like symptoms. The disease experts traveling tonight are Pierre …

‘More Stringent’ Ebola Safety Guidelines In the Works; Travel Ban Debated

The safety protocol used by healthcare workers to treat Ebola patients in Dallas wasn’t adequate because it didn’t require that all skin be covered, said Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. A Dallas …

Colleges Look to Control Fraternities, Hazing As Tragic Incidents Multiply

The death of a Clemson University sophomore is the latest incident to raise alarms about safety at fraternities on U.S. campuses, with more colleges cracking down on dangerous behavior. Clemson, in South Carolina, said Sept. 23 that it suspended new-member …

University of Connecticut Pays $1.3M to Settle Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

The University of Connecticut said it will pay a group of students almost $1.3 million to settle a sex discrimination suit filed last year that led to a hearing in the state legislature. The five current and former female students …

Colleges Lack Training to Prevent Sexual Assaults: Senator

One in five U.S. colleges doesn’t provide faculty and staff with training in how to respond to victims of sexual assault, according to a survey by Senator Claire McCaskill. In addition, about 31 percent of the schools don’t train students …