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June 28 – July 9, 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 New York Times: Amazon To Buy Online Pharmacy PillPack, Jumping Into The Drug Business

In the world of health care, PillPack, an online pharmacy, is a pretty small player. Its work force of 1,000 or so people pales in comparison with the 235,000 who work for Walgreens.

 

Washington Examiner: Major Drugmakers Ignore Plea From HHS To Not Hike Drug Prices

Several top drugmakers have decided to raise prices this month, a few days after a plea from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for restraint.

 

Politico: Trump Administration Freezes Billions In Obamacare Payments, Outraging Advocates

The Trump administration is freezing billions of dollars of payments to Obamacare health insurers, another blow to the fragile markets as health plans begin to set premiums and get ready for the next enrollment season.

 

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Star Tribune: UnitedHealthcare And Allina-Aetna Are Pushing For Health Care Business In Minnesota

Two big national health insurers are moving forward with plans to become more competitive in the state's insurance markets for employer groups and individuals who qualify for Medicare.

 

The Sacramental Bee: Health Care Giants Are Racing To Roseville. Here’s What It Means For Patients – And The Region’s Economy

Roseville leaders are eagerly anticipating the addition of about 1,200 jobs, added growth and economic opportunity stemming from three expansions at Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health and Sutter Health over the next several years.