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July 10 – July 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.

NPR: To Improve Treatments, Researchers Want To Hunt For Clues In Medical Records

When you go to your doctor's office, sometimes it seems the caregivers spend more time gathering data about you than treating you as a patient.

 

Employee Benefit Adviser: Obamacare Fix Said To Be Prepared After Risk Payments Halted

The Trump administration is preparing a regulation that would allow the resumption of billions of dollars in payments to health insurers in Obamacare.

 

Fox News: Drug Shortages In ER Are More Common Than You Think

Dr. Maryann E. Amirshahi was on her way to work at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning, hoping her eight-hour shift would be filled with all of the medications she needed to do her job.

 

Kaiser Health News: Purdue Pharma Edits Public Service Ad In Washington Post

In a new public service ad, drugmaker Purdue Pharma suggested that taking opioids such as its painkiller OxyContin even as prescribed can prove dangerous — then appeared to backtrack a few days later.

 

The New York Times: Trump Officials Scoff At ‘Medicare For All’ Drive

The Trump administration is hitting back against advocates of “Medicare for all” even as the proposal gains momentum among left-leaning Democrats in this election year.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

The San Francisco Chronicle: California Sues Trump Administration Over Small-Business Health Policy

The Labor Department said the plans will not deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or charge them more, and will help employers control health care costs.