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October 24 – November 7, 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: F.D.A. Approves New Drug for Flu

The new drug, sold as Xofluza, is about as effective as Tamiflu in shortening flu symptoms, and is expected to work against drug-resistant strains.


Kaiser Health News: In Days Of Data Galore, Patients Have Trouble Getting Own Medical Records

Medical records can be hard for patients to get, even in this digital information age.


The Hill: Trump Fights Uphill GOP Battle On Pre-Existing Conditions

President Trump is stepping up his efforts to protect Republicans from Democratic attacks that people with pre-existing conditions will be in danger of losing their health coverage under GOP control of Washington.


Politico: Verdict On Trump Drug Plan: A Tough Sale Ahead

The Trump team will have to tackle political, legal and administrative obstacles, all while keeping voters enthused about a wonky, limited plan.


The Washington Times: Obesity Epidemic Costs U.S. Economy $1.72 Trillion

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. has cost the U.S. economy $1.72 trillion, which includes hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs and more than a trillion dollars in lost productivity, according to a report published Tuesday by the Milken Institute, a California-based economic think tank.


Associated Press: US Steps Up Scrutiny Of Funds For Asbestos Exposure Victims

The Trump administration has stepped up scrutiny of asbestos trust funds, concerned that the pots of money intended to help people exposed to the hazardous substance are being depleted by fraudulent claims, harming victims, businesses and the government.


ProPublica: The VA Shadow Rulers’ Signature Program Is “Trending Towards Red”

When senators asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie in September about the three Trump supporters who’ve been quietly shaping the agency’s agenda from the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, he minimized his interactions with the trio, saying they’d had a single meeting on a seemingly dry subject: electronic medical records.


NPR: We Just 'Fell Back' An Hour. Here Are Tips To Stay Healthy During Dark Days Ahead

When it comes to turning back the clocks on our devices, technology has us covered. Our smartphones automatically adjust. But our internal clocks aren't as easy to re-program.


Market Watch: Exit Polls Suggest Midterm Election Voters Focused On Health Care And Immigration, Not The Booming Economy

Health care ranked as the most important issue for voters in the 2018 midterm election, while immigration was No. 2 and the economy was third, according to preliminary results for exit polls.


CNBC: CVS To Test Stores With Added Health Services Early Next Year After Aetna Deal Closes

Consumers will soon start to see CVS Health's vision for the future of health care.




The Sacramento Bee: California Nurses Move Their ‘Medicare-For-All’ Fight To The National Stage

The union representing 100,000 nurses across California has shifted its “Medicare-for-all” campaign from California to the national stage, perhaps relieving political pressure on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom to fulfill what the union sees as his top campaign promise: Delivering a single-payer health care system in the nation’s largest state.


The Mercury News: Bay Area hospitals, Union Spending Millions On Local Patient-Cost Measures

In a high-stakes election campaign with statewide implications, a health care union is spending millions to sway voters in two Bay Area cities to cap how much hospitals can charge patients.


Detroit Free Press: Beaumont To Build $40-Million Mental Health Hospital In Dearborn

Beaumont Health announced details Monday about its plan to build a new mental health hospital in Dearborn in conjunction with Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services.