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April 15 – April 28, 2019

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.

CNN: Researchers 3D-Print Heart From Human Patient's Cells

Researchers have 3D-printed a heart using a patient's cells, providing hope that the technique could be used to heal hearts or engineer new ones for transplants.

 

The Hill: Largest Private Insurance Company Slams 'Medicare For All' Plans

The CEO of the nation's largest health insurer on Tuesday sharply criticized "Medicare for all" proposals being debated by Democratic lawmakers and presidential hopefuls, weighing in on a major political fight ahead of the 2020 election.

 

Bloomberg: Philip Morris Says It Doesn’t Want You to Buy Its Cigarettes

How can a company that tells people explicitly not to buy its products survive? That’s a question for Philip Morris International Inc., which recently unveiled a campaign to “unsmoke” the world.

 

The New York Times: E.P.A. Moves To ‘Close the Door’ On Asbestos. Consumer Groups Say Loopholes Remain

The Trump administration on Wednesday issued a regulation it said would impose new restrictions on asbestos, a deadly substance once commonly found in insulation materials.

 

Kaiser Health News: Mulvaney: Trump Brought Down Drug Prices For The First Time In 50 Years

President Donald Trump announced last month that the GOP will become “the party of health care,” and news reports suggest he intends to make it a top issue in his reelection campaign.

 

NPR: High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment

In 2017, Susan learned that she carries a genetic mutation that may elevate her lifetime risk of developing breast cancer to 72 percent.

 

The Associated Press: Medicare, Social Security Face Shaky Fiscal Futures

The financial condition of the government's bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government's overseers of Medicare and Social Security.

 

 

 

The Washington Post: Trump Defends Administration's Response To Opioid Crisis: ‘We Will Never Stop Until Our Job Is Done’

President Trump on Wednesday defended his efforts to address the country’s opioid epidemic, telling a crowd here that his administration had made “tremendous progress” on the issue, which has affected millions of Americans.

 

U.S. News & World Report: Measles Cases Soar To New Record In U.S.

Measles cases across the country have skyrocketed in 2019, toppling a nearly 20-year, modern-era record in just under four months.

 

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The CT Mirror: Nursing Home Workers Set May 1 Strike Deadline

Unionized workers are ramping up pressure on lawmakers and Gov. Ned Lamont to boost wages and address staffing shortages at nursing homes by threatening to walk off the job on May 1.

 

New Orleans Times-Picayune: DEA Announces Strategy To Fight Opioid, Heroin Abuse In Greater New Orleans 

 The Drug Enforcement Administration has chosen New Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson Parish as their 16th location to implement a strategy in the fight against prescription opioid and heroin abuse.

 

North Carolina Health News: NC’s Long-Term Care Residents Would Get More Spending Money Under Proposed Laws

People who live in North Carolina’s long-term care homes aided by public assistance must pay for their own personal items, such as clothes or transportation, even a birthday card. Several new bills would change that.

 

San Francisco Chronicle: With Union Support, Kaiser Patients Demand CEO Meeting Over Mental Health

Kaiser Permanente patients assembled outside the health care provider’s Oakland headquarters Wednesday, calling for shorter wait times for mental health appointments and demanding a meeting with the CEO.

 

The Texas Tribune: Texas Removes Thousands Of Children From Medicaid Each Month Due To Red Tape, Records Show

Most states check once a year whether children on Medicaid still qualify for the program. Texas checks more often, using an automated system that critics say leads to kids losing coverage even though they're still eligible.

 

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Lead Safe Cleveland Close To Submitting Policy Recommendations To City Council : Progress Report

The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition policy committee is close to finalizing its list of recommendations on prevention, screening, treatment and education to submit next week to Cleveland City Council.