Health and Safety

Health-Care Unions Denounce ‘Trumpcare’

March 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - For the labor unions representing America’s health-care workers, the House Republican bill to replace Obamacare, released this week, went over about as well as a new strain of norovirus.

NYC Health Initiative Serves More New Yorkers 

March 7, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  New York City is expanding WELL, the free and confidential service that connects New Yorkers to mental health, crisis counseling and substance misuse services.

Win Week In Review

March 5, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - The AFL-CIO says if the leaked draft of the Republican healthcare plan is the one they go with, it's a non-starter. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka the leaked GOP healthcare plan lowers the healthcare bar when we should be raising it instead.

Working Families Issues Will Lead a United Democratic Party

March 2, 2017 
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Washington DC –  “For working families demanding a say in America’s economic and political systems at this pivotal time in our democracy, DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison will unite the Democratic National Party and get to the important work of rebuilding a party in which the needs of America’s working families lead. 

February Labor Bulletin

February 26, 2017 
By Michael Jordan

The Future of Healthcare Under President Trump'

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order commanding federal agencies to try to waive or delay requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that impose economic or regulatory burdens on states, families, the healthcare industry and others. In this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin we’ll take a look at how this could affect U.S. workers, many of whom are Union laborers and Trump supporters.

Healthy California Act Would Create Universal Health Care Coverage

Febrruary 21, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 
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Los Angeles, CA - On Wednesday the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and other supporters will join two state senators to celebrate introduction of a Medicare for all style bill for Californians.

Councilmember Calls for 'Hazing' Firefighters to be Terminated

February 9, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Councilmember Andy King.

New York, NY - A New York City Councilmember responding to the alleged sexual "hazing" of a probationary firefighter inside Midtown Manhattan’s Ladder 35/Engine 40 back in 2015, is now calling for all those involved in the reported incident to be fired. 

Mayo Clinic Workers Reluctantly Agree to Outsourcing

February 3, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Rochester, MN - Workers at the Mayo Clinic have reluctantly agreed to let the clinic outsource its food-service department, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota President Jamie Gulley announced Jan. 24.

January Labor Bulletin

February 2, 2017 
By Michael Jordan

Price Transparency and Incentives Steer Plan Participants to Cost Effective Sites of Care
Large, high-profile companies have been directing employees to outpatient sites of service as a way of achieving more cost-effective care. In this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin, we’ll examine how unions and other plan sponsors, including small to mid-size companies, are catching up by making recommendations and building in incentives. 

Best Doctors Summit Comes to NY Feb. 8-9

January 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - The Boston-based Best Doctors medical information-services company will hold its fifth annual Healthcare Innovations Summit Feb. 8-9 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square.

Colorado AFL-CIO Urges State to Protect Health Care

January 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Denver, CO - In a rally at the state capitol Jan. 25, the Colorado AFL-CIO urged legislators to pass laws guaranteeing equal pay for women, keep employers from sending jobs overseas, and oppose Republican efforts to abolish the state’s Obamacare health-insurance exchange.

Why Does Primary Care Matter to Labor Health Funds in 2017?

January 28, 2017 
By Phil Barbaro One Medical, Vice President of Public & Labor

The New Year has brought significant political change that will have a substantial impact on how healthcare is regulated, accessed, and financed.  It’s also anticipated that as the economy continues to improve, that there will be a significant investment in infrastructure that could result in hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector investment. 

5 Tips for Your Next Doctor’s Appointment

January 25, 2017  
By Ariana Colozzo

The many challenges the health care system puts on physicians and patients – such as time pressures, fragmentation of care and access obstacles – often results in misdiagnoses, medical errors and inappropriate high-cost interventions.

MedReview Saves Millions for Labor

January 23, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – MedReview, Inc., a subsidiary of the not-for-profit New York County Services Review Organization (NYCHSRO), which performs Medicare and Medicaid review, offers utilization management and analysis services to the private sector, including labor organizations, corporations, insurance companies, and managed care organizations.

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