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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

January 20 – February 2, 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.

Politico: Republicans Give Up On Obamacare Repeal

Most GOP lawmakers aren’t interested in another failed effort to gut the health law in an election year.

 

CNBC: Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, And JPMorgan Chase To Partner On US Employee Health Care

"The ballooning costs of healthcare act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy," Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett said in a statement.

 

HNI: Congress Delays The Cadillac Tax And Other ACA Fees

H.R. 2029, or the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, is a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that was signed into law on December 18, 2015. 

 

The Washington Times: Sanders Pitches ‘Medicare For All’ Plan On Facebook

Sen. Bernard Sanders took to Facebook on Tuesday to pitch his “Medicare for all” plan to the public, hoping to rally liberal voters – but putting red-state Democrats in a tough spot ahead of November’s elections.

 

The New York Times: U.S. Lets More Healthcare Workers Prescribe Opioid Addiction Treatment

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said on Tuesday it had changed a regulation to allow more healthcare professionals to prescribe a medication used to treat opioid addiction, opening up access in rural America where there are few doctors.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

The Boston Globe: Public Employee Unions Cry Foul After State Cuts Health Insurance Options

Labor unions that represent Massachusetts public employees are fuming over a stunning decision by a state commission to limit their health plan options and are lashing out against the move, which affects hundreds of thousands of people and shakes up the local insurance industry.

 

Star Tribune: UnitedHealth And Walgreens Are Mixing Urgent Care With Pharmacy

The tiny suburb of Hilltop, located just north of Minneapolis, is hosting an experimental mash-up of health care services that's helping to generate buzz on Wall Street.