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April 25 – May 8, 2018

The purpose of this bulletin is to compile a handful of articles relating to health care coverage in the United States that are most pertinent to LIUNA and its health and welfare funds. We hope you find this biweekly bulletin helpful and informative.

Kaiser Health News: Hospitals Lure Diabetes Patients With Self-Care Courses, But Costs Can Weigh Heavily

When a routine physical revealed mildly elevated blood-sugar levels, Michael Phillips was strongly encouraged to sign up for a diabetes self-management class.

 

Politico: Ronny Jackson Won’t Return To Old Job As Trump’s Physician

White House physician Ronny Jackson will not return to his role as the president’s personal physician, according to two senior administration officials, after a string of allegations caused the Navy rear admiral to withdraw his nomination last week to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

The Hill: Tom Price: ObamaCare Mandate Repeal Will Drive Up Costs

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price on Tuesday said that the repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate would drive up costs, a remark seized on by Democrats.

 

The New York Times: As Trump Prepares Plan To Lower Drug Prices, Big Pharma Girds For A Fight

In his State of the Union address in January and again in New Hampshire in March, President Trump made a bold promise: “You’ll be seeing drug prices falling very substantially in the not-too-distant future,” he said, “and it’s going to be beautiful.”

 

Fox News: Walmart To Limit Opioid Prescriptions At Pharmacies Amid Epidemic

Walmart announced Monday the retail giant will begin to restrict opioid prescriptions to help stem the deadly drug epidemic.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

Springfield Patch: Schools Need More Mental Health Staff, Not Armed Cops: IL Rep

A piece of legislation that would provide funding for mental health staff — whether it's social workers or school psychologists — as opposed to more armed police officers in Illinois schools was approved Friday by the Illinois House.