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Statement of the American Medical Association to the California Department of Insurance

Posted on 05 Jun 2019
The American Medical Association (AMA) appreciates the opportunity to provide our views regarding the proposed merger of CVS Health Corporation (CVS), the largest retail pharmacy chain and specialty pharmacy in the United States and one of the two largest pharmacy benefit managers (PB

Petris Center analysis part of AMA Report regarding Aetna-CVS Merger

Posted on 05 Jun 2019
The American Medical Association (AMA) addressed the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the Aetna-CVS merger, using research from Professor Scheffler and the Petris Center: This merger is popularly described as vertical when, in fact, horizontal concerns are also substantial.

The Impact of Aetna’s Proposed Medicare Part D Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plan Divestiture to WellCare

Posted on 31 May 2019
May 31, 2019by Richard M. Scheffler The purpose of this testimony is twofold. First, I will provide background information on the Medicare Part D stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP) market and present recent market concentration trends. Second, I will demonstrate how Aetna’s prop

Professor Scheffer quoted in New York Times article

Posted on 10 May 2019
An article published May 9, 2019 by the New York Times centered on the much higher prices hospitals charge private insurers, two to three times that of the Medicare price. Professor Scheffer was quoted, saying that “Prices vary widely and are two and a half times higher than Med

Zarek Brot-Goldberg awarded the 2019 Richard M. Scheffler Prize in Health Economics

Posted on 30 Apr 2019
Zarek Brot-Goldberg is the recipient of this year’s Richard M. Scheffler Prize in Health Economics. He is being recognized for his PhD thesis in health economics. During the 2019-2020 academic year, he will be a postdoctoral associate at the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Y

Anxiety Study featured in Sacramento Bee

Posted on 29 Apr 2019
A recent Petris Center study finding double the rate of anxiety in millennials since 2008 was featured in the Sacramento Bee on April 29th. This study has brought widespread attention to the growing mental health problem and will hopefully spark action within the university system. To

Professor Richard Scheffler presents as part of a UC Berkeley panel on anxiety disorder

Posted on 22 Apr 2019
Professor Scheffler spoke about a recent study finding an increase in anxiety disorder among college students. He presented these findings as part of “A Generation Under Pressure: Talking Mental Health at UC Berkeley,” an event hosted by the Berkeley Institute for the Futu

Professor Richard Scheffler Interviewed on KCBS

Posted on 20 Apr 2019
On April 20th, Professor Scheffler was interviewed on KCBS Radio regarding a recent study describing the dramatic uptick in anxiety disorder among millennials. The study found the increase in anxiety disorder to be associated with financial strain and increased screen time on social n

Petris Center Study Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

Posted on 20 Apr 2019
A study describing the rise of anxiety disorder in college students was highlighted in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 18th. The Petris Center study found that increasing rates of anxiety are correlated with increased tech and social media use, as well as financial struggles. Anx

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