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May 9 – May 24, 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.

Kaiser Health News: Hoping To See Your Doctor Via Telemedicine? Here’s A Quick Guide

Tucked into the federal budget law Congress passed in February was a provision that significantly expands the use of telemedicine — long a hyped health care reform, and now poised to go mainstream within five to 10 years.


NPR: Trump Administration's 3 Biggest Ideas For Lowering Drug Prices

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has this pen. It's not all that remarkable looking, but he held it up multiple times Monday at a briefing with reporters.


The New York Times: Trump’s Plan for Cheaper Health Insurance Could Have Hidden Costs

President Trump’s plan to expand access to skimpy short-term health insurance policies, as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, would affect more people and cost the government more money than the administration estimated, an independent federal study says.


The Hill: Ryan: 'Compromise' In The Works For Controversial Drug Pricing Bill

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that a compromise is being worked out on a controversial bill aimed at lowering drug prices, boosting hopes from supporters that the bill could move forward.




California Healthline: Longtime ‘Fighter’ Lands Top Spot In Powerful Nurses Union

Bonnie Castillo’s first experience with organized labor dates to the mid-1960s, when she was just 5.


The Dallas Morning News: Texas Doctors Send Letter Slamming Blue Cross’ ER Billing Process

Some of the state’s most influential doctors’ groups are pressing the insurance commissioner to investigate a change that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is making to its emergency room coverage.