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Insurance choices: Pay to play or pay the fine?

For owner-operators in certain situations, Obamacare will solve some health care financing problems. It also creates an unprecedented health care financing problem – fines – for those who want no part of health insurance. Some of the clients of owner-operator financial services provider ATBS will find the ACA policies to be “something they can actually afford, with the subsidies they could qualify for,” Andy Erwin, ATBS tax manager, told me. A key factor will be that ...

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Three advocate-operators on why they do what they do

A look back at three operators/advocates recently featured in a brief driver-appreciation Q&A at Load Delivered Logistics' website.

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Some ACA health-insurance exchange premium detail made available

The Department of Health and Human Services' first limited release of premium data in federally run health insurance exchanges under Obamacare has finally come down. Find it here.

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Sleep: A user’s guide

This info piece on the science of sleep also presents an argument against the provision of two 1-5 a.m. periods in any restart codified in the most recent hours of service changes.

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The best – and worst – foods to gobble while driving

Let’s hear it for the humble candy bar. A survey from Insure.com finds that it’s the best food to eat while driving. French fries ranked a close second, only one percentage point behind the candy bar. (My favorite bar, by the way, is Snickers. Great taste and texture, fills you up, and the peanuts provide a little protein. In fact, a Snickers feels like a great dessert masquerading as a protein bar without the yucky condensed oatmeal ...

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More on the HHG miles problem (and kettlebell workouts)

Says owner-operator Jeff Clark: If market forces do not force a sunset on carrier use of the HHG miles system for pay, "we should start demanding it from FMCSA and Congress."

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PHOTO: Appreciation and wellness walk yields rainbow view

A rainbow over I-29 caps Truck Driver Appreciation Week at the end of the "Truckers Wellness Walk" in Sioux City, Iowa.

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One driver and one emergency load — to flooded Boulder, Colo.

Don Christner recounts a recent critical haul to a water treatment facility in Boulder, Colo.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

iLuvMyTrucker contest winner is Michael Mick

Lori Tennant's story about her boyfriend has been selected as the first-place winner of Overdrive's truck driver appreciation contest.

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5 things members of the general public don’t know about truckers

From typical speed to on-the-road conditions and pay packages, misunderstood elements of the trucking business remain in the dark for many in the general public.

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