August 22 – September 10, 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.
The medical journal BMJ published a report today that links higher levels of physical activity at any intensity to a lower risk of early death in middle-age and older people.
The uninsured rate is rising for the first time since ObamaCare passed, two recent studies show, alarming advocates who fear the problem could get worse.
The older population of the U.S. is skyrocketing, with the number of seniors expected to approximately double in the next few decades – while the population over 85 nearly triples.
It was the arrival of the second man in his early 20s gasping for air that alarmed Dr. Dixie Harris.
The U.S. surgeon general issued an advisory Thursday on the risk of marijuana for adolescents and pregnant women — two groups increasingly using the drug that has been legalized in some form in 33 states.
Good news for the cheery: A Boston study published this month suggests people who tend to be optimistic are likelier than others to live to be 85 years old or more.
The Trump administration announced on Wednesday it will award $1.8 billion in grant funding to state and local governments to bolster treatment and prevention efforts in the battle against the opioid epidemic.
Settlement talks between Purdue Pharma and the states and cities suing the opioid maker stalled last week after state officials asked for $4.5 billion from the owners of Purdue, the Sackler family, instead of a previously discussed guarantee of $3 billion, said two sources familiar with the talks.
The warnings are old hat by now: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking causes about 1 in 5 deaths in the United States each year.
STATES IN THE NEWS
A St. Joseph’s Hospital nurse is suing her former employer over unsafe workplace conditions, which include allegations of “dangerously" low staffing levels in the emergency room.
Georgia’s insurance commissioner is warning consumers of the potential financial risks of joining a Health Care Sharing Ministries program as an alternative to regular insurance.
A California union is financing a statewide health reform initiative that would ensure protections for Arizona residents with preexisting conditions.
In a career full of twists, turns and high-powered assignments, Thomas Insel may now be embarking on one of his most daunting tasks yet — helping California find its way out of a worrisome mental health care crisis.
A Middle Tennessee health care CEO who admitted to paying bribes to attract customers and defraud the government out of millions has been sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison.
Ohioans who purchase insurance on HealthCare.gov will likely save money in 2020, as the state is reporting an average premium decrease of 7.7% compared to last year, according to the Ohio Department of Insurance.
Lawmakers, health care advocates and customers made a vociferous plea to Connecticut’s insurance commissioner and regulators Wednesday to block rate hikes, calling the years-long cycle of increases on the state’s health insurance exchange unsustainable.
Minnesota officials are delaying updating new contracts for public health programs worth as much as $5 billion a year after some local leaders complained about the selection process and a current provider sued the state.