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January 26 – February 21, 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.

NPR: Got Anger? Try Naming It To Tame It

Over the past three years, I've had one major goal in my personal life: To stop being so angry.


Fox News: Kamala Harris Vows To Get Rid Of Private Health Care Plans: 'Let's Eliminate All Of That. Let's Move On'

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, speaking during a town hall Monday night, vowed to eliminate all private health care insurance for approximately 150 million Americans if she is elected president.


CNN: Old Emails Hold New Clues To Coca-Cola And CDC's Controversial Relationship

Private emails between employees at the Coca-Cola Co. and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been exposed in a new research paper, raising questions about just how extensive of a relationship the soda company has had with the nation's public health agency.


WBUR: Benefits For Navy Victims Of Agent Orange – Just 50 Years Later

Navy veterans long denied VA benefits are declaring victory after a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


The Associated Press: Trump Health Chief Asks Congress To Pass Drug Discount Plan

The Trump administration’s top health official asked Congress on Friday to pass its new prescription drug discount plan and provide it to all patients, not just those covered by government programs like Medicare.


The New York Times: Clash of Giants: UnitedHealth Takes On Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JPMorgan Chase

Inside a federal courtroom in Boston this week, a bit of intrigue has emerged as lawyers try to pry open the secretive plans of a new venture created by three of the world’s most powerful corporations.


Kaiser Health News: Transparent Hospital Pricing Exposes Wild Fluctuation, Even Within Miles

The federal government’s new rule requiring hospitals to post prices for their services is intended to allow patients to shop around and compare prices, a step toward price transparency that has generated praise and skepticism.




The Hill: Johnson & Johnson To Disclose Drug List Prices In TV Ads

Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will start showing the list price of its prescription drugs in television ads, making it the first company to do so.


The Washington Post: Do You Snore? There Are Health Reasons To See A Doctor About It

Snoring is the top reason that patients come to see Jennifer Hsia, a sleep surgeon at University of Minnesota Health in Minneapolis.


USA Today: CVS Introduces New Concept Store With More Health Care, Less Retail

Someday soon you may walk into your local CVS Pharmacy with your prescription in one hand and your yoga mat in the other.




California Healthline: New Covered California Sign-Ups Plummet

The number of new enrollees in Covered California health plans plunged by nearly a quarter this year, largely because of the elimination of the federal tax penalty for people without insurance, officials announced Wednesday.


Tennessean: Report: 68,000 Parents Would Lose TennCare If Work Requirements Take Effect

As Tennessee officials move forward with a plan to require able-bodied adults to work, volunteer or go to school in order to keep state-funded health insurance, a new study finds that 68,000 could lose that benefit entirely as a result. 


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Republicans Signal They Will Keep Wisconsin In Obamacare Lawsuit

The heads of the Legislature's budget committee telegraphed Thursday they will keep Wisconsin in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. 


The CT Mirror: Senate Dems Offer Nursing Home Staffing Bill

Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal Thursday to encourage nursing homes to maximize staff assigned to direct patient care.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Medicaid 'Waiver' Proposal Sparks Debate In Georgia Legislature

What to do about Georgia’s thousands of poor adults without health coverage sparked a wave of debate Friday, one day after Gov. Brian Kemp was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution embarking on plans to address it.