Good morning ... I'll give you one guess which state is home to a beer made with Dunkin' Donuts coffee.
The brewery, Harpoon, is actually a Massachusetts company, but I'll bet you didn't even need that information. Because you could be standing on the street in Boston, doing your worst attempt at a Southie accent, with Dropkick Murphys playing in the background, and still not be as purely Massachusetts as Dunkin' beer.
Every year, health care takes a little bigger bite out of workers' bottom lines. Slowly but surely, it has eaten up all of the average workers' wage increases — and then some.
The big picture: Overall, the cost of employer-based health benefits — the backbone of the U.S. health care system — is growing pretty modestly from year to year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's annual review of those plans.
By the numbers: For single coverage — a plan that just covers you, no family members — employees are paying an average of about $1,200 per year in premiums. That’s 65% more than what they paid in 2008.
Between the lines: As deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs rise, more patients are more attuned to the high costs of care.
Sexual assault and harassment continue to take a toll on victims’ physical and mental health well after the experience itself is over, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Why it matters: The direct health effects of sexual assault and harassment, including an increased risk of depression and anxiety, haven't gotten as much attention as their emotional and professional damage. But all of those consequences can feed and compound each other.
The details: In a study of 304 women, 19% said they had been sexually harassed at work, and 22% reported being a victim of sexual assault.
A $1 strip that tests drugs for the presence of fentanyl could help users avoid overdosing, The Atlantic reports.
The details, per Axios’ Caitlin Owens:
Situational awareness: Congress' opioids bill is on its way to President Trump's desk; the Senate passed it yesterday 98-1. (Sen. Mike Lee was the lone "no" vote.)
One more interesting nugget from Kaiser's report on employer-based insurance: 21% of large employers collect health information from employees' mobile apps or wearable devices, as part of their wellness programs.
Wellness programs are voluntary, and so is contributing your health information to them. But among companies that offer a wellness program, just 9% of employers (including 35% of large employers) offer workers an incentive to participate.
My colleague Bob Herman flagged some real talk yesterday from James Stansel, a top lobbyist at PhRMA, who was speaking at an industry conference in Chicago.
“PhRMA is not reluctant to sue when necessary.”— James Stansel
Reality check: PhRMA, the leading trade group for the highly profitable drug industry, indeed has no qualms about going to court.