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Amazon is struggling to convince insurers, including Aetna and regional insurers like Premera Blue Cross, to pay for its medical services known as Amazon Care, Business Insider reports.

Why it matters: Amazon regularly grabs headlines as a potential industry disrupter. But, at least when it comes to health care, it is still often outgunned.

State of play: Amazon Care launched pilots in Seattle, with both in-person and virtual options, in 2019. In March, the company announced it was expanding its telehealth offerings by this summer.

  • In May, Amazon Care signed its first employer customer.
  • Amazon has run into problems in discussions with payers over how it wants to be paid, per Business Insider.

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California passes bill addressing speed quotas for warehouse workers

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Warehouse workers in California would gain more legal pathways to fight speed quotas set by employers under a bill passed Wednesday in Sacramento that addresses a growing trend at some of the country's largest workplaces.

Why it matters: This bill is the first of its kind and could help ensure the safety and well-being of a massive and growing workforce.

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HCA isn't requiring COVID-19 vaccines

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HCA Healthcare is not yet mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for its doctors, nurses and other staff, CFO Bill Rutherford said during the Morgan Stanley health care conference Thursday.

Why it matters: HCA is one of the largest health systems in the country with 275,000 employees and 187 hospitals, many of which are in coronavirus hot spots. Health care trade groups have urged health care employers to mandate the vaccines due to the spread of the Delta variant.

Everyone wants to be an influencer

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The number of people looking to become online influencers has exploded during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Almost anyone can find themselves in a position to become an influencer, and brands are throwing billions of dollars at online content creators.