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Health Care Reform

With the adoption of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) of 2010 as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, the U.S. embarked on reform of its health care system. The impacts for LIUNA and for its health and welfare funds may be significant, but due to the gradual roll-out of the ACA's provisions and efforts to repeal the law, the long-range effects remain unclear.

To assist Laborers, local unions, signatory employers and LIUNA health and welfare funds manage the transitions of the ACA, the Health Promotion Division provides regular updates and explanations of relevant developments on the Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin tab above. We also have publications about the ACA available in our Publications Catalogue. To view them, choose “Affordable Care Act” from the list of topics. 


Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin


As information becomes available regarding rules, regulations and guidance related to the components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), links will be provided to keep you up-to-date.

Health Care Reform Updates in 2015


Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

August 24, 2016 – September 8, 2016

The purpose of this bulletin is to compile a handful of articles relating to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that are most pertinent to LIUNA and its health and welfare funds. We hope you find this biweekly bulletin helpful and informative.

Attending To The ‘Human Element’ Is Key To Keeping Patients Healthy
Racial minorities and lower-income people typically fare far worse when it comes to health outcomes. And figuring out why has long been one of health care’s black boxes. Forthcoming research may help shed light on what’s driving those inequities — and how the system can fix them.

IRS Proposes New Section 6055 Reporting Requirements for Self-Insured Employers
Employers with self-insured health plans are facing new Section 6055 regulations regarding the reporting of minimum essential coverage.

Another piece of Obamacare falls short
An Obamacare provision designed to inject a protective extra layer of competition into fledgling insurance markets fell into near-oblivion — and its failure has made Obamacare’s mounting challenges even more acute.

The Latest Sign That the Obamacare Exchanges Aren’t Working in Many Markets
In the wake of Aetna’s recent announcement that it was pulling up stakes in 11 of 15 states where it had been selling insurance on Obamacare exchanges, there are more alarming signs that other major insurers are struggling to remain in the game.

State, feds offer conflicting spins on 2017 Obamacare rates
It's time for the dueling messages from the state and federal governments about prices for next year's Obamacare plans.


Illinois Obamacare rates could soar as state submits insurance premium increases to feds
Illinois consumers are one step closer to facing sky-high increases for individual health insurance plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace.

Alabama ends up with a single health-exchange insurer
People who buy individual health plans through the federal exchange in Alabama might soon see a big premium jump, anywhere from 26 to 41 percent over last year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, soon to be the state’s only health insurance provider, has proposed the rate hike to take effect in 2017. 

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Archive of Health Care Reform Updates from 2010-2014