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June 13 – June 27, 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: One-Third Of U.S. Adults Taking Common Medications That Increase Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

While an estimated one-third of U.S. adults are taking prescription medications that carry depression and suicidal thoughts as potential side effects, those dangers are possibly being overlooked by both patients and their doctors because the medications themselves are unrelated to the treatment of mental-health conditions.

 

ABC News: FDA Clears 1st Generic Film Strip Of Addiction Drug Suboxone

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic version of an under-the-tongue film for treating opioid addiction.

 

NPR: Atul Gawande Named CEO Of Health Venture By Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JPMorgan

Surgeon, author and checklist-evangelist Atul Gawande has been picked to lead the health care venture formed by online giant Amazon, conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway and banking juggernaut JPMorgan.

 

The Hill: Poll: Pre-Existing Condition Protections A Top Health Issue

The majority of people in a new poll say it’s important to them that ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions aren’t endangered.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

Kaiser Health News: As Medicaid Costs Soar, States Try A New Approach

MINNEAPOLIS — Sandy Dowland has been to the emergency room 10 times in the past year and was hospitalized during four of those visits.