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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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Colorado made a national statement Tuesday, becoming the first state to require some insurers to cover transition-related care for transgender people as an essential benefit.

Driving the news: The Biden administration agreed to the expansion sought by Gov. Jared Polis and affirmed two more mandates approved by Colorado lawmakers to cover more opioid treatments and a yearly mental health exam.

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Philly is pushing forward with its mandate that all health care workers must get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, the city's health chief said at a press conference Wednesday.

State of play: More than 85% of the city's health care workers in long-term care facilities have at least one dose.

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Why it matters: Peloton is viewed by many as a proxy for consumer behavior in the pandemic era, as its popularity surged when gyms closed and people wanted to exercise at home.