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Truckers divided on Republicans’ go-it-alone Obamacare overhaul

A slight minority (47 percent) of readers noted general support for current efforts, while an exact half of poll respondents either urged Republicans to go back to the drawing board or leave the current system in place.

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POLL: Do you support Republicans’ Obamacare ‘repeal/replace’ efforts?

Republican bills in both House and Senate would overhaul much of the Affordable Care Act, including removing the mandate to purchase insurance. More controversial items include the reining in of Medicaid eligibility, return of tax cuts to wealthy Americans, and big changes to the individual market for insurance. What's your view?

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Rolling Strong to launch health app for truckers

The app provides truckers with health and wellness guidance, along with tracking of meals, exercise, sleep and more.

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Supreme Court defers to lower court ruling on carrier’s requirement for apnea screening

Given the ruling, carriers could institute similar sleep apnea screening policies. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board last year recommended the agency adopt a rule requiring drivers with BMIs of 33 and higher, and who meet other criteria, be flagged for automatic apnea testing.

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Truckers Fund/Fastport retraining initiative

The SCF's new partnership with Fastport offers referral opportunities to apprenticeship programs to be trained in other transportation jobs for SCT beneficiaries unable to return to driving.

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Obamacare change ahead, but existing insurance system likely to hold through 2017

Bill Zenk of TrueNorth's TrueChoices private insurance marketplace for owner-operators believes big change is unlikely before 2018, potentially affecting the penalty for tax year 2017. Eventually, he guesses, the individual mandate to carry insurance likely will be on the chopping block.

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Dec. 15 Obamacare deadline, new health option from NAIT

"TrumpCare" could be some time coming. For now, Dec. 15 is the deadline to purchase health insurance via the state and federal exchanges to ensure coverage begins Jan. 1 and you avoid 2017 tax penalties. A new option for some to avoid the penalty is NAIT's AlieraCare group.

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DOT calls for train operators to be screened for sleep apnea, FMCSA holding off

FMCSA and the Federal Railroad Administration worked together on a sleep apnea rulemaking earlier this year, but FRA is already making recommendations to have train operators screened for apnea during their DOT-required exams. FMCSA says it will not follow FRA's lead -- yet.

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OOIDA accuses FMCSA of sidestepping rule process with sleep apnea provision, files legal challenge

OOIDA filed its legal challenge Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole. OOIDA says the final rule, which required procedural changes for medical examiners, included an appendix not found in the agency’s 2014 proposal that could subject some truckers to sleep apnea screening.

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Health-insurance exchanges open through Jan. for ‘Obamacare, round 4’

Affordable Care Act open enrollment is to purchase and change plans is open through January 31, 2017. The biggest issue this year include premium price increases and the need for many current policyholders to shop their plans due to the mass exodus of insurers from the exchanges.

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