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December 12 - January 3, 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.

The Hill: Trump: Dems, GOP Will Eventually Develop 'Great New HealthCare Plan'

President Trump indicated on Tuesday that he thinks lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will come together and develop a new health-care proposal after the recently passed GOP tax-cut bill repealed ObamaCare’s individual mandate.

 

Kaiser Health News: Looking North: Can A Single-Payer Health System Work In The U.S.?

For Dr. Peter Cram, an American internist who spent most of his career practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, moving here about four years ago was almost a no-brainer.

 

The Washington Times: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Contraception Mandate Rollback

A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Trump’s decision to roll back Obama-era rules that require employers to provide free birth control as part of their health plans.

 

STAT: FDA To Study Deputizing Consumers To Find Bad Ads, As Warnings To Pharma Plunge

Concerned about the veracity of some pharmaceutical marketing, the Food and Drug Administration plans to study the extent to which doctors and consumers can detect deceptive ads.

 

The New York Times: Why You Need The Flu Shot Every Year

Most people know: If you got a flu shot this year, next year you’ll need it again.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

California Healthline: Near Incineration Of Psychiatric Hospital Highlights Gaping Need For More Beds

As fire raged in Ventura, Calif., earlier this month, Gracie Hartman made her way to the county fairgrounds to look for her friend, Fernando.

 

New Hampshire Public Radio: N.H. Near Last in Spending to Combat Tobacco Use

New Hampshire ranks near the bottom in the country when it comes to funding anti-smoking programs and prevention.