health

FMCSA, DOT present oral arguments over sleep apnea guidelines, medical form changes

Attorneys for OOIDA argued last month in court that the U.S. DOT illegally altered sleep apnea screening guidelines for truck drivers by slipping an appendix into larger rule after the public comment period had ended. DOT refutes these claims.

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FMCSA’s database of certified med examiners down indefinitely

They agency says it does not have a timeline for when the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners will be live again. The agency is directing drivers in need of medical certification to reach out to examiners directly “to verify that they are certified and listed."

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New trucker-focused clinic network aims to bring easy care to drivers

Truck drivers and fleets looking for low-cost medical service on the road have a new option in UrgentCareTravel, a growing network of clinics based in certain Pilot Flying J locations off of major highways. In addition to offering basic clinical service to drivers themselves, the company also can provide basic care to drivers’ family members, too.

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St. Christopher Truckers Fund offering free vaccine vouchers for drivers

Truckers can print the vouchers from the organization's website and take them to Kroger, The Little Clinic, Walgreen's or The Medicine Shoppe at White's Travel Center to receive the free vaccines.

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Obamacare open enrollment: Nov. 1-Dec. 15 for HealthCare.gov insurance exchange

A series of state-run health insurance exchanges, however, have announced extended periods, most through either January 15 or 31 with some differences.

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Rolling Strong launches health app for drivers

Rolling Strong, a creator of driver wellness programs, has launched a mobile app to help truckers make healthier choices while over the road.

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Bills in Congress would require FMCSA to implement sleep apnea rule

Following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's announcement this summer that it had tabled a rule meant to implement screening criteria and treatment protocol regulations for obstructive sleep apnea, Congressional Democrats aim to press the agency to resume working on the rule.

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FMCSA’s med board to review waiver protocol for drivers on anti-seizure medication

FMCSA's Medical Review Board will meet next week to discuss the criteria for which drivers on anti-seizure medications must meet in order to be cleared to drive.

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Minimizer introduces aftermarket mattress with lifetime guarantee

Trucking industry supplier Minimizer unveiled Friday a truck mattress line that the company says closes a quality void that exists among stock and other aftermarket mattress offerings. The company introduced the new Long Haul Mattress series at the Great American Trucking Show. 

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AeroFlow launches referral program that gives drivers $75 toward apnea testing and treatment

AeroFlow’s at-home tests, which are mailed to buyers via fast shipping options, cost $250 -- much cheaper than the average $1,350 cost of an in-lab test.

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