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July 11 – July 29, 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.

Kaiser Health News: As Temperatures Climb, A New Push To Keep Workers Safe

Over the past decade, more than 350 workers nationwide have died from heat-related illness, and tens of thousands have had heat-related problems serious enough that they missed at least one day of work. 

 

CNBC: House Backs Repeal Of Obamacare’s Unpopular ‘Cadillac Tax’ In Rare Bipartisan Vote

The House voted Wednesday night to pass a bill that would scrap Obamacare’s so-called Cadillac tax, an inactive provision of the health law meant to help control health-care spending.

 

The Associated Press: Shortening Trainee Doctor Hours Hasn’t Harmed Patients

When reforms shortened working hours for U.S. doctors-in-training, some worried: Was that enough time to learn the art of medicine? Would future patients suffer?

 

The Washington Post: Doing These Five Things Could Decrease Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s By 60 Percent, New Study Says

Here’s a to-do list for preventing dementia, new research suggests: Ditch red meat, take a brisk walk to the grocery store, do the Sunday crossword and stick to one glass of wine at dinner.

 

Politico: Some Providers Fear 'Brave New World' Of Freed Patient Health Data

Hospital executives, with some support in Congress, are lobbying for more regulation to protect health information from unscrupulous data mongers.

 

The New York Times: To Help Smokers Quit, Pay Them

Paying people to stop smoking is a very effective method of getting them to quit, a large review of studies has found.

 

WBUR: Changing The Way Doctors Are Paid Made Patients Healthier And Saved Money, Study Finds

When he heard about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ alternative payment program, Dr. Steven Strongwater, the CEO of Atrius Health, says he was delighted.

 

CNN: Judge Upholds A Trump Admin Alternative To Obamacare

The Trump administration has the authority to make it easier to buy a less expensive alternative to Obamacare coverage, a federal judge ruled Friday.

 

Fox News: Drug Companies Shipped Thousands Of Pain Pill Orders It Should Have Halted, Documents Say

Drug companies shipped billions of painkillers to communities across America without proper oversight between 2006 and 2012, according to newly released data from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), highlighting the pharmaceutical industry's role in the opioid epidemic as it faces a possible legal reckoning similar to that which befell the tobacco companies in the 1990s.

 

The Hill: FDA Warns Company Against Making 'Unsubstantiated Claims' About CBD

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday it issued a warning to Curaleaf Inc. for making "unsubstantiated" claims about the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD).

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

The Sacramento Bee: New California Law Protects Nurses Who Blow The Whistle About Poor Patient Care

In 2016, Teresa Brooke was fired from Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Sonoma County, for reporting a “full-blown patient riot” and multiple instances of patient self-harm and sexual assault that she witnessed at the hospital.

 

The Kansas City Star: Missouri One Of Few States In Nation Making Sure Kids Get Needed Disability Therapy

The wide-ranging health care bill requires insurance companies to cover physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy for all children 18 and under with disabilities.

 

NH Times Union: Suicides, Including Highway Suicides, On The Rise In New Hampshire And The Nation

More people are using highways to harm themselves, including the 40-year-old man who jumped to his death off the South Willow Street bridge over Interstate 293 on Monday, according to a New Hampshire State Police official.

 

Los Angeles Times: Rising Health Insurance Deductibles Fuel Middle-Class Anger And Resentment

Denise Wall, a Fresno area school teacher with more than $2,000 in medical bills, was outraged to hear she could get free care if she quit her job and enrolled her family in Medicaid.

 

The Colorado Sun: In Rural Colorado, Emergency Medical Services Struggle To Keep Money-Losing Ambulances Rolling

High costs, low rates and scarce job applicants are forcing ambulance services to consolidate, take on new tasks and outsource.

 

Health News Florida: Physician Fees A Sore Subject As Telehealth Moves Forward

The Florida panel that regulates medical doctors will begin putting in place rules next week that are designed to make the state’s new telehealth law a reality.