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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

February 23 – March 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.

The Washington Times: 20 States Sue To Kill Obamacare, Citing Trump’s Mandate Repeal

Twenty states filed a lawsuit Monday arguing the new law President Trump signed last year revoking Obamacare’s individual mandate actually makes the rest of the 2010 health law unconstitutional as well.

 

NPR: Major Medical Associations Feud Over Diabetes Guidelines

A major medical association today suggested that doctors who treat people with Type 2 diabetes can set less aggressive blood sugar targets. But medical groups that specialize in diabetes sharply disagree.

 

The New York Times: UnitedHealthcare Says It Will Pass On Rebates From Drug Companies To Consumers

In response to growing consumer frustration over drug prices, UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, said on Tuesday that it would stop keeping millions of dollars in discounts it gets from drug companies and share them with its customers.

 

Fox News: Prescription Opioids Fail Rigorous New Test For Chronic Pain

A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain.

 

The Washington Post: Health Insurer Cigna To Buy Express Scripts In $67 Billion Package

In another mega deal to reshape the business of negotiating drug prices, health insurer Cigna said Thursday it will acquire Express Scripts Holding, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, in a package valued at $67 billion.

 

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Feds Will Take Action In Cleveland Opioid Lawsuits

The U.S. Department of Justice will get involved with a federal case in Cleveland that consolidates hundreds of government lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday.