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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

January 24, 2016 – February 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.

Obama Budget to Adjust Health Insurance 'Cadillac Tax': Adviser
President Barack Obama will propose tailoring the controversial "Cadillac tax" on expensive private health insurance plans to reflect regional differences when he releases his 2017 budget plan next week, a senior White House adviser said in an article released on Wednesday.

Nearly 13 million people enrolled in ACA plans for 2016
Nearly 13 million people signed up for health insurance ahead of the Jan. 31 deadline for 2016 on the state and federal exchanges, federal health officials said Thursday. The numbers represent an increase of 4 million new people enrolled in the 38 states using HealthCare.gov. Of the 9.6 million consumers who got coverage through HealthCare.gov, about 42% were new to the exchange in 2016.

Many uninsured Americans seem oblivious as ACA enrollment deadline nears
As the third open enrollment season for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act comes to a close on Sunday, a new poll reveals that many uninsured Americans still aren't paying attention.

How to manage a high-deductible health plan
For many Americans, the days of paying a $10 or $20 copay for a doctor visit and leaving the medical bills to their insurance companies are long gone.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Third time’s a charm as MNsure beats enrollment goal
MNsure announced Monday it had signed up more than 85,000 consumers into private health care plans in the latest round of open enrollment, eclipsing a critical registration goal by luring a large share of new customers to buy insurance through the exchange.

Covered California adds 425,000 new enrollees, sees increase in younger residents
More than 425,000 Californians – including a bigger percentage of younger residents – signed up for new health insurance policies by last week’s Obamacare enrollment deadline, Covered California officials announced Thursday.

ACA enrollment tops 587,000 in Ga., but insurers nervous over signup rules
More than 580,000 Georgians signed up for coverage in the insurance exchange during the third open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, federal health officials said Thursday.

Number of Wisconsin residents enrolled in Obamacare climbs 16%
The third open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ended with 239,034 people in Wisconsin enrolled in health plans sold on the federal marketplace, a 16% increase from the same point last year, the federal government said Thursday.

A Last-Minute Reprieve For Some Consumers On California Exchange
Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, announced Friday that it was extending its enrollment deadline until Feb. 6 for people who had officially begun the process of signing up by Sunday.

Colorado mountain residents struggle to pay for health insurance
The new era of affordable health care bypassed Terri Newland. She runs a small land-use planning business with her husband, who has diabetes and needs hearing aids. She lives in one of the most expensive places anywhere to get medical care.