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August 17 – August 30, 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: Purdue Pharma’s Sales Pitch Downplayed Risks Of Opioid Addiction

Two decades ago, Purdue Pharma produced thousands of brochures and videos that urged patients with chronic pain to ask their physicians for opioids such as OxyContin, arguing that concerns over addiction and other dangers from the drugs were overblown, company records reveal.

 

Reuters: U.S. Health Secretary Says Agency Can Eliminate Drug Rebates

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency’s power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration’s plan to lower prescription medicine costs.

 

The Washington Times: Trump to Senate: Hurry Up On Synthetic Opioids Bill

President Trump demanded Monday that the Senate quickly take up and pass a bill to make it harder for overseas traffickers to slip synthetic opioids into the U.S. mail stream.

 

The New York Times: The Healthier Your Heart, The Healthier Your Brain May Be

The more measures of cardiovascular health older people had, the less likely they were to develop dementia.

 

Fox News: There's No 'Safe' Level Of Alcohol Consumption, Global Study Finds

Drinking alcohol in moderation is more harmful than previously thought, according to a new study that concludes there's no "safe" level of alcohol consumption.

 

The Washington Post: Aspirin Disappoints For Avoiding First Heart Attack, Stroke

Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don’t outweigh the benefits for most other folks, major new research finds.

 

AP News: Despite Strong Economy, Many Americans Struggling To Get By

Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities.

 

The Hill: GOP Eyes Another Shot At ObamaCare Repeal After McCain’s Death

Senate Republicans say they would like Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to appoint a successor to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who, unlike McCain, would support GOP legislation to repeal ObamaCare.

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

Los Angeles Times: With An Epidemic Of Mental Illness On The Streets, Counties Struggle To Spend Huge Cash Reserves

When California voters passed a tax on high-income residents in 2004, backers said it would make good on the state’s “failed promise” to help counties pay for the treatment of the mentally ill.

 

Georgia Health News: Georgia Tech Teams With ‘Big Data’ Experts To Study Medical Imaging

Last week, the American College of Radiology’s Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute announce a five-year, $3 million research partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology to establish the Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL), with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech.

 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Lisbon Avenue Health Center Brings Mammograms To Under-Served Communities Through Health Fairs, Froedtert Partnership

Lisa Zochert was doing it all. In 2015, the former special education teacher was teaching, married and going to school full time.