Health and Safety
September 25, 2016
By John Quinn
New York, NY - A new chain of health-care offices contends that it can get patients appointments within 24 hours, have them seeing a doctor within a minute after they show up, and save union health plans that use it 6% to 9% a year.
September 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia
New York, N.Y.—Still working under a contract that expired a year ago, staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Queens picketed outside the building Sept. 21 to demand a decent raise and better health care. “We had a good amount of people,” says environmental assistant Claudette Brown, one of about 50 workers who joined the picket line on their noon-to-12:30 lunch break. “All my department was there.”
September 22, 2016
By David Stoddard, ASA, MAAA
As multiemployer plans focus on delivering health benefits to their members in a cost-effective and efficient way, a key component is clearly and concisely communicating the thought process behind plan design and plan design changes.
September 19, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
New York, NY - Workers at the Vireo Health chain of dispensaries ratified the first union contract in New York State’s medical-cannabis program, the company and Local 338 of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union announced Sept. 8.
September 18, 2016
By Tara Jessup, LaborPress USA
Washington, DC - Fire fighters and paramedics suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other occupational stress-related conditions will soon have a highly specialized behavioral health treatment facility.
September 17, 2016
By Michael Jordan
MagnaCare Labor Bulletin: Affordable Care Act A Hot Topic for Presidential Candidates
What If They Repealed the Affordable Care Act?
Unions and other plan sponsors continue to grapple with healthcare cost spikes in response to rising drug prices and added costs associated with expanded coverage for more Americans. In this issue of the MagnaCare Labor Bulletin, we ask the question: How would repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect healthcare insurance coverage and costs?.
September 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Joe Maniscalco
New York, NY - Imagine working a 24-hour shift and getting paid for only 13 hours of it.That’s what the home health attendants who take care of people that Medicaid has approved for 24-hour care do. They stay in the patient’s home around the clock, but under their contract from the 1199SEIU health workers union, they are supposed to have 11 hours off—8 for sleeping and 3 for meals. But it doesn’t work that way in real life, they say. They can’t leave the patient alone all night, because they have to do tasks like helping them to the bathroom.
September 15, 2016
By Tara Jessup
New York, NY - New York State’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced his office has commenced an investigation into Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc, the maker of EpiPens.