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Health care CEOS testifying in front of Senate Finance Committee in 2019. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Our latest tally shows 62 health care CEOs made a combined $1.1 billion in 2018 when calculating the actual value of cashed-out stock.

Between the lines: $1.1 billion is basically a rounding error within the $3.7 trillion U.S. health care system. But it’s also $157 million more than what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spent in 2018 on chronic disease prevention.

A few things jumped out in our latest scan:

  • Wayne Smith, CEO of Community Health Systems, earned a $3.3 million bonus last year — 4 times his cash bonus from 2017 — even though his hospital chain lost $788 million and continued to sell off hospitals from a failed 2014 merger that he orchestrated (and now regrets). Smith’s bonus was heavily weighted by an adjusted metric that made CHS look profitable, and none of his bonus was tied to hospital quality.
  • Philadelphia's public employee pension plan is asking CVS Health shareholders to support a resolution that would require CVS not to exclude opioid litigation costs when considering executive bonuses. CVS isn’t a fan of that.
  • Joe Hogan leads Align Technology, the maker of Invisalign clear braces and various dental scanners, and he made $70 million in 2018 — 4th highest among health care companies that have reported so far.

Go deeper: Follow our health care executive pay tracker

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2020 was the deadliest year for environmental defenders

Engineer Sandra Cuéllar is one of many Colombians who've gone missing or been killed for their environmental activism. Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images

Latin America and the Caribbean is the deadliest region for environmental defenders, a violent record that has global repercussions.

Why it matters: The region has several of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, but they are constantly threatened by logging, mining or aquifer overexploitation.

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Senate offices closing ahead of "Justice for J6" demonstration

Security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of a planned "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C.. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.

State Department partners with aid group welcoming Afghan refugees to U.S.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14. Photo: Mandel Ngan-Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Thursday that the State Department is partnering with Welcome.US, an aid group helping to welcome and support Afghan refugees who fled their country for the U.S.

Why it matters: The partnership is part of the Biden administration's Operation Allies Welcome, which involves the processing and resettlement of the more than 65,000 Afghans evacuated during the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.