Blink Health, a New York-based generic and prescription medication purchasing platform, has raised $90 million in Series B funding led by existing shareholder 8VC.

Why it matters: This is all about lowering drug prices, with Blink using its user scale and platform transparency to negotiate better prices. It has shown substantial traction on from all three user groups (patients, pharmacies and drug-makers), but also has experienced some setbacks, like its recent pull-out from the Walgreens network after failed contract renewal negotiations.

Bottom line: Drug giant Eli Lilly just started using Blink Health this year to give patients discounts on Lilly's insulin drugs. Enrique Conterno, president of Lilly's diabetes division, told me the initial number of Blink Health users was lower than he had expected, but people are still likely to save 40% on their insulin with the program. Lilly views programs like Blink Health as necessary now because people in high-deductible plans are often exposed to the high list prices of drugs.

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The apocalypse scenario

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

Federal judge rules Trump administration can't end census early

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A federal judge ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration could not end the 2020 census a month early.

Why it matters: The decision states that an early end — on Sept. 30, instead of Oct. 31 — would likely produce inaccuracies and thus impact political representation and government funding around the country.

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Where bringing students back to school is most risky

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Schools in Southern and Midwestern states are most at risk of coronavirus transmission, according to an analysis by Coders Against COVID that uses risk indicators developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The big picture: Thankfully, schools have not yet become coronavirus hotspots, the Washington Post reported this week, and rates of infection are lower than in the surrounding communities. But that doesn't mean schools are in the clear, especially heading into winter.

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