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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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Truckers with high BMI would be forced into apnea screening under FMCSA committee recommendations, drivers respond

The committees recommend FMCSA require certain truckers to be screened for sleep apnea based on their BMI and other risk factors. Truckers with a BMI of 33 or higher would also be subject to screening if they meet three other qualifiers, a list that includes being male and being older than 42 -- a large demographic among truckers.

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Sleep apnea guidelines quiz: Find out if you would be referred for apnea testing

If you didn't take this quiz/survey prior to Overdrive's recent reporting on results relative to the Medical Review Board's draft sleep apnea screening protocol, answer the questions to find out whether or not you would be screened for testing if the protocol was in place.

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Sleep apnea: Problems with one-year medical certification

The Medical Review Board’s preliminary apnea recommendations would enshrine a practice that’s increasingly common with truckers being treated successfully for sleep apnea: a one-year medical certification.

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Debatable accuracy of hard-fast sleep-apnea screening protocol

Overdrive research suggests that false-positive and -negative screening for apnea has been the case for more than a third of readers who’ve experienced the screening.

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Apnea’s wakeup call: Survey results show growing testing incidence, potential impacts of new protocol

A new Overdrive analysis suggests at least one in four owner-operators would be screened for sleep apnea testing under proposed guidelines.

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