health

Top Dem in Senate urges FMCSA to ‘reverse course’ on sleep apnea rule

The agency’s rule, which it formally scrapped last week, would have set in place criteria for medical examiners to use to determine which drivers should be referred for sleep apnea tests. The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, has called on FMCSA to resume the rulemaking process.

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FMCSA eyes removal of diabetic drivers’ exemption requirement

Truckers with insulin-treated diabetes may no longer have to request a formal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, should a new federal rule come to fruition.

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DOT withdraws rule to set sleep apnea screening criteria for truckers

A sleep apnea rule would give clarity to medical examiners, carrier employers and drivers themselves about what criteria or combination of criteria would prompt a driver to be referred for an in-lab apnea test. The agency's withdrawal of the rule preserves the status quo.

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‘Rigs without cigs’ cessation campaign from the Truckers’ Fund

The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund has launched its Rigs Without Cigs campaign, now pre-registering drivers and others who wish to quit smoking for good.

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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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