WellPoint Inc., the second-largest U.S. health insurer, is leading companies that have poured $13.4 million into defeating a ballot initiative that would give California regulators the power to reject increases in health policy premiums.
Carol Patterson was waiting for a call from her doctor. When the phone rang on that afternoon in August 2011 at her home in Cortland, Ohio, it wasn’t a physician on the other end. A woman named Robin said she was representing the American Diabetes Association.
Standing outside a Cinnabon store in the mountains in Sochi, Ksenia Zotova dragged on a menthol cigarette and said she didn’t realize Russia planned to make the Winter Olympics its biggest-ever smoke-free event.
A half century after linking smoking to lung cancer, the U.S. is confronting stalled progress in kicking the habit of 42 million Americans with new evidence that many common ailments such as diabetes, arthritis and impotence can be tied to tobacco use.
Deutsche Bank donated a Tiffany decanter. State Street Global Advisors Inc. threw in four tickets to see the Patriots play the Jets. And Bank of America Merrill Lynch arranged for eight tickets to see Justin Bieber.