Shares of health-care companies were more or less flat amid signs that a government shutdown could be imminent.
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Federal shutdowns can affect the health-care industry because many insurers and hospitals have close relations with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid and other government agencies.
Four major U.S. hospital systems--Intermountain Healthcare, Ascension, SSM Health and Trinity Health--are planning to launch a nonprofit company to produce generic drugs, in a private initiative to address rising drug prices and shortages.
--Rob Curran, firstname.lastname@example.org
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January 18, 2018 16:28 ET (21:28 GMT)