health

A couple’s experience with health-insurance premiums

“Once tax season hits, people are going to freak out.” --insurance agent Holly McCombs on Obamacare reaction. She and her husband, car hauler David McCombs, remain insured off the ACA exchanges.

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Kicking colorectal cancer in the butt

Michelle Mintling will never forget May 23, 2014. It was the day she had her first colonoscopy and began one of the toughest battles of her life. Michelle and her husband Dennis are team drivers, leased on with Landstar. They've spent the last 9 years traveling the country together. They've hauled everything from baby diapers to military vehicles, and enjoy the freedom of the road almost as much as they enjoy the time they get to ...

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Day of reckoning: Health insurance/tax decisions weighed by owner-operators

As health insurance tax penalties hit many owner-operators, the prospect of paying double next year could change the decision on coverage; meanwhile, the King v. Burwell challenge to the ACA gets under way.

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Mac to feature truckers’ health program at MATS

Mac Trailer announced it will help sponsor the Walk A Mile America Foundation’s new program, Truck Drivers Health.org. Barry Pawelek, the foundation’s founder, will discuss his experiences as a retired truck driver at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 26-28 in Louisville, Ky. The Walk A Mile America Foundation develops health programs through experience, and Pawelek’s story is intended to help drivers understand why they shouldn’t neglect their own health while on the road. Visit the Truck Drivers ...

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Take an interactive stroll through two vaping devices

Owner-operator Jan McCarter's Innokin iTaste personal vaporizer is among the more advanced vapes on the market, though it shares common attributes with simpler devices.

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Vaping practices, preferences, potential health issues

More results from Overdrive's 2015 survey about smoking/vaping practices among its owner-operator readers.

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Obamacare deadline in 4 days — ripple effects in operator pay on the way?

The mandate to have health insurance could put trucking's independent contractor model in jeopardy. More on looming ACA deadline here.

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AlertDriving launches redesigned website

AlertDriving, a provider of driver risk management solutions, has launched its redesigned website, www.alertdriving.com. Besides helping to improve the user experience, the new website also is designed to offer simplified site navigation with cross-platform support for computers, tablets and smartphones. AlertDriving says fleet safety professionals now can gain quicker and more intuitive access on any device to information about its solutions and product demos or how to join a risk-free pilot. “We have expanded to over 70 ...

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The vape escape — Survey shows growing use among operators

More and more truckers are vaping to get away from tobacco’s dangers. It’s working for some, though it has drawbacks.

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Responding to apnea/med cert situation, OOIDA crowd-sources doc reviews

The D.O.T. Doc review and search site is live -- it's intended to grow into a resource drivers can use to share their experiences with each other relative to medical examiners around the nation.

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