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July 31 – August 16, 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: How One Boy's Fight With Epilepsy Led To The First Marijuana-Derived Pharmaceutical

The first prescription medication extracted from the marijuana plant is poised to land on pharmacists' shelves this fall.

 

The New York Times: An Invasive New Tick Is Spreading In The U.S.

For the first time in 50 years, a new tick species has arrived in the United States — one that in its Asian home range carries fearsome diseases.

 

CNN: Do Women Heart Attack Patients Fare Better With Female Doctors?

Doctors have long known that heart attack symptoms can be more difficult to recognize in women than in men.

 

The Hill: Icahn Warns Against Cigna-Express Scripts Merger

Billionaire Trump ally Carl Icahn is urging Cigna investors to vote against the insurer’s multibillion dollar purchase of Express Scripts.

 

Kaiser Family Foundation: The Relationship Between Work And Health: Findings From A Literature Review

A central question in the current debate over work requirements in Medicaid is whether such policies promote health and are therefore within the goals of the Medicaid program.

 

ABC News: Report: Jump In Deliveries Involving Moms Hooked On Opioids

U.S. health officials say they found a dramatic rise in the number of women who are hooked on opioids and delivering babies in hospitals.

 

Fox News: Heat Illnesses: 3 Harmful Effects Of Extreme Heat On The Body

Heat waves or hot weather that lasts for several days is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous to your health.

 

Kaiser Health News: Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides’ Union Dues

Medicaid home care aides — hourly workers who help the elderly and disabled with daily tasks like eating, getting dressed and bathing — are emerging as the latest target in the ongoing power struggle between conservatives and organized labor.

 

USA Today: Teens Hooked By Vaping: FDA Weighing A Ban On Flavored E-Cigarette Liquids

Teen vaping is reaching epidemic levels and FDA is considering regulation to curb it.

 

US News & World Report: 2018-19 Best Hospitals Honor Roll And Medical Specialties Rankings

U.S. News ranks the top 20 hospitals in the nation, plus the best hospitals in each state and metro area.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

The Boston Globe: Legislators Reach Deal On Opioids, But Not On Health Care By End Of Session

As its formal session barreled toward a close early Wednesday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed broad changes to how the state targets the opioid epidemic, but it failed to reach deals on major legislation addressing health care and the state’s school funding formula.