Sleep apnea survey: 53 percent of drivers pay out of pocket

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A survey released by the American Transportation Research Institute says more than half of truck drivers who have been referred to a sleep study have incurred some or all of the test costs. The survey, which was released Thursday, May 26, includes data from more than 800 commercial drivers to help quantify the costs and impact on truck drivers as they address diagnosis and a potential treatment regimen for obstructive sleep apnea. On March 10, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking about a possible regulation regarding sleep apnea. Specifically, the agencies requested comment on the costs and benefits of requiring motor carrier and rail transportation workers who exhibit multiple risk factors for sleep apnea to undergo evaluation and treatment by a healthcare professional with expertise in sleep disorders. The agencies have held three public listening sessions on the issue.