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March 23 – April 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.

CBS News: Your Most Important Medicare Decision

To those approaching their 65th birthday, congratulations -- you've got a lot to look forward to.

 

The Washington Post: CVS-Aetna Wants To Be In Your Neighborhood Because Zip Codes Powerfully Shape People’s Health

Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini heads one of the biggest health insurers in the country and is on the cusp of a $69 billion megadeal to merge his company with pharmacy giant CVS.

 

The Hill: Public Health Groups Sue FDA

Public health groups are suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allowing candy flavored cigars, electronic cigarettes and other products to remain on the market for years without being reviewed and approved by the FDA.

 

The New York Times: The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing The Business Of Medical Care

Is the doctor in? In this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics, that’s not a simple question. 

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

The Baltimore Sun: Maryland Lawmakers Set To Do What Congress Can't: Protect Obamacare With Tax On Insurers

Maryland’s Republican governor and Democratic legislature have forged a striking bipartisan proposal to accomplish what Washington has failed to do: stabilize Obamacare.

 

California Healthline: Private Man At Center Of Very Public Single-Payer Debate

Dale Fountain is an intensely private man. He won’t say where he works. One of his oldest friends can’t say for sure where he lives.