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November 8 – November 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 Associated Press: Obama’s Health Insurance Overhaul A Winner In Midterms

The personality looming over the 2018 midterms was President Donald Trump. The issue was health care, the top concern for voters as they decided how to cast their ballots.


The New York Times: Democrats Won A Mandate On Health Care. How Will They Use It?

After House Democrats’ election triumph, Nancy Pelosi’s appraisal was clear: “Health care was on the ballot, and health care won.”


KQED: E-Cigarette Health Risks: What We Know, What We Don't

Along with proposing a ban on menthol in cigarettes and flavors in cigars, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb today called for tightening rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes.


CNN: These Jobs Have Highest Suicide Rates In The United States, According To The CDC

Men who work in construction and extraction had the highest rates of suicide in the United States, according to a report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Kaiser Health News: Fish Oil And Vitamin D Pills No Guard Against Cancer Or Serious Heart Trouble

A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Saturday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.


The Washington Post: New Cholesterol Management Guidelines Call For Personalized Risk Assessments

Leading heart experts released cholesterol management guidelines Saturday that call on doctors to tailor treatment to more personalized risk assessments of each patient and recommend the use of two new kinds of drugs for those at the greatest danger of disease.


NPR: New Physical Activity Guidelines Urge Americans: Move More, Sit Less

You've likely heard the idea that sitting is the new smoking. Compared with 1960, workers in the U.S. burn about 140 fewer calories, on average, per day due to our sedentary office jobs.





Roll Call: With Divided Congress, Health Care Action Hightails It To The States

Newly-elected leaders in the states will be in a stronger position than those in Washington to steer significant shifts in health care policy over the next couple of years as a divided Congress struggles with gridlock.


Fierce HealthCare: Experts: Trump Administration’s Moves Will Put Drug Prices Center Stage In 2020 Election

The Trump administration’s plan to peg Part B drug prices to those paid in other countries may not come to fruition in its current form, but it’s meant more to signal to the healthcare industry—and voters—that it's serious on this issue, experts say.


Fox News: US Officials Report A Record Number Of Tick Diseases

U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year. The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. 


The Hill: Left Wants A Vote On Single-Payer Bill In New Congress

Progressive Democrats are pushing for a vote on a controversial health-care bill after the party takes control of the House early next year. 


Politico: Pfizer Raises Drug Prices Again, Rebuking Trump

Drug giant Pfizer announced on Friday it will increase the list prices of 41 medicines in January, just months after it agreed to temporarily roll back price hikes under pressure from President Donald Trump.




The Boston Globe: In Defeat, Ballot Question Raises Awareness Of Nurse Stress, Burnout

The bitter fight over a ballot question to regulate nurse staffing is over. The debate at the heart of the costly battle is not.


The Baltimore Sun: Some Maryland Workers Turn Heavily To Opioids When Injured, Study Finds

Close to a third of Maryland workers who filed injury compensation claims in recent years continued to rely on highly addictive opioid painkillers three months after they were hurt, according to a recent study by University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers.


Chicago Tribune: University Of Illinois Hospital's Licensed Practical Nurses Go On Strike

Licensed practical nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics walked off the job Thursday, striking after nearly a year of unsuccessful contract negotiations.


San Francisco Chronicle: Court Overturns $1.6 Million Jury Award In Bay Area Asbestos Case

A state appeals court has overturned $1.6 million in damages awarded by an Alameda County jury against a pipe supply company last year in a suit by a former construction worker who was stricken with cancer after cutting pipes laden with asbestos.