health

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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Podcast: Obamacare, round two — progress report as second enrollment period nears end

What's to consider if you're uninsured come tax time? Will the Supreme Court derail the bedrock of the ACA? Marc Ballard answers these and other questions here.

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FMCSA bulletin on sleep apnea reiterates regs, ‘encourages’ examiners on treatment, screening

Facing widespread criticism over its examiners'/training organizations' muddled approach to apnea in medical certification, and hamstrung by Congress, FMCSA attempts to settle the record on apnea regs with bulletin....

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POLL: Did you carry health insurance through 2014?

Will you be paying the penalty for not carrying insurance in 2014 come tax time? What was your health-insurance situation last year?

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POLL: Will you buy health insurance on the exchanges this year?

The health-insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," are back open for a three-month period. What are your plans for health-insurance coverage this year?

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Infographic: Where truckers rank on obesity compared to other occupations

The Wall Street Journal published the infographic below this week, showing truck drivers, according to the American Journal of Medicine, rank on the obesity scale compared to other occupations. Click here to see the WSJ article  

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Apnea clarification unlikely in short term to remedy the condition’s growing importance in medical certifications

Though FMCSA says it will send a bulletin to medical examiners to clarify its guidelines on screening drivers for sleep apnea, it's unlikely medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term driver medical certifications contingent on apnea testing will be affected.

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