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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. This included several important impacts to LIUNA and its health and welfare funds. Efforts to repeal and replace the ACA continue and its future remains unclear.

To assist Laborers, Local Unions, signatory employers and LIUNA health and welfare funds with managing developments related to the ACA, the Health Promotion Division provides regular updates and explanations in 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. 

The LHSFNA's Glossary of Health Care Terms provides additional information and examples that the Fund's audiences may want to familiarize themselves with. 

 

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.

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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

February 9, 2017 – February 23, 2017

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.

Trump is urged to reject health law’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ and retain employee tax break
Twenty-seven employer groups asked the Trump administration on Monday to reject calls to replace the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax” on high-cost health benefits with a plan that caps the individual tax exclusion for job-based health coverage.

GOP leaders provide new details about ObamaCare repeal
House Republican leaders on Thursday presented to their members the most detailed look yet at their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, though some key elements remain to be worked out.

12.2 Million Sign Up for 'Obamacare' Despite Its Problems
More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law even with the uncertainty created by President Donald Trump's vow to repeal and replace it. A count by The Associated Press shows that many consumers returned to the program despite its problems.

Humana to drop out of ObamaCare at end of 2017
Health insurance company Humana announced Tuesday that it would leave the ObamaCare market in 2018. The insurer said it would offer plans through 2017, but that the market has not stabilized enough to participate next year.

Now You Can Do Your Taxes Without Filling Out the Insurance Question
If you want to keep your health insurance status a secret from the I.R.S., the Trump administration just made it a little easier.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Fewer Minnesotans buy individual health insurance, but more use MNsure and get help paying
Minnesota’s individual health insurance market isn’t in the clear yet. Tens of thousands of Minnesotans who purchased health insurance in 2016 are apparently going without this year, beset by soaring premiums, shrinking provider networks and political uncertainty about the future of health coverage.

"Right to shop" bill looks to incentivize cheaper health care
Health care is a lucrative business for hospitals, doctors and insurance providers. Why not patients? That would be one result of a set of bills proposed by Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, that would make Missouri one of a handful of "right to shop" states in the country.

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Archive of Health Care Reform Updates from 2010-2015