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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin 

January 5 – 16, 2015

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.

 

Lavish ‘Cadillac’ Health Plans Dying Out as Obamacare Tax Looms
Large employers are increasingly putting an end to their most generous health-care coverage as a tax on “Cadillac” insurance plans looms closer under Obamacare.

The Next Obamacare Controversy is Right Around the Corner
Obamacare enrollees who received subsidies to help pay for coverage will soon have to reconcile how much they actually earned in 2014 with how much they estimated when they applied many, many months ago.

Health-Law Test to Cut Readmissions Lacks Early Results
Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law’s $10 billion innovation lab wouldn’t always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.

House Backs Bill Redefining Full-Time Workweek Under ACA
The House voted Thursday to increase the number of hours someone must work before an employer has to offer health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Most Directors Have Resigned from O-Care Exchanges, Analysis Finds
The original directors of Obamacare's state-based exchanges have almost all resigned since the beginning of the law's first enrollment period, a new analysis found.

Obamacare Could Help Millions of American Smokers to Kick the Habit
Did you know that the Affordable Care Act may be the single most important anti-smoking initiative in the country?

STATES IN THE NEWS

Health Insurance Startup Collapses in Iowa
The Affordable Care Act set aside funding for health care co-ops, to enable the organizations to compete in places where there aren’t many insurers. CoOportunity Health was the second largest co-op in the country in terms of membership, and one of the largest in terms of the federal funding it received.

Distant Cousins, not Twins: Some Key Differences Between the Massachusetts and Federal Health Care Reform Laws
On January 1, 2015, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility mandate took effect.  Up until July 1, 2013, most employers doing business in Massachusetts were required to comply with an employer mandate commonly known as the Fair Share law. 

At Least Half of Healthcare.gov Enrollees in Kansas, Missouri are New
At least half of Kansans and Missourians who signed up for 2015 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces are new consumers, according to data released this week.

Delaware Officials Encouraged by Health Overhaul Progress
Almost 9,000 people have selected coverage plans in Delaware's health insurance exchange as the second year of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act continues, state officials said Thursday.

Colorado Health Exchange Approves $322,000 to Fix Enrollment Problems
The Connect for Health Colorado board of directors agreed to spend an additional $322,000 through the end of February to try to sign up applicants stalled in the state health insurance exchange's online enrollment system.