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July 20 – July 31, 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.

Hillary: I'm 'examining' Obamacare's Cadillac tax
In her highly anticipated speech on the economy Monday, Hillary Clinton was heavy on rhetoric and short on specifics, promising to reveal her actual policy proposals in the weeks ahead.

Health Care Spending to Accelerate, US Report Says
The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over. Spending on health care will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, underscoring a coming challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.

Obamacare reduces uninsured rates, improves access to care, study finds
Since the Affordable Care Act took effect, fewer Americans lack health insurance or have trouble getting the care and medicines they need, a study released Tuesday says.

Report: Competition on ACA federal exchange rose between 2014 and 2015
Competition among insurers offering plans on the federal health care exchange rose between last year and this year, tamping down growth in premiums, says a federal report released Thursday.

You need surgery. So how do you find the right doctor?
One of the most frustrating experiences for patients is choosing a doctor for surgery. Now two groups have come out with free ratings tools that allow people to search online for surgeons performing several major types of operations.

A revolution in how doctors are paid isn’t really changing how doctors are paid
It’s one of the grand ideas that is supposed to revolutionize U.S. health care: reward doctors who keep patients well with fewer tests, procedures, and appointments.

STATES IN THE NEWS

More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick
The number of Minnesotans struggling to pay their medical bills is rising sharply, despite an increase in the number of residents who have health insurance.

Two-thirds of uninsured Californians gain coverage after Obamacare rollout
More than two-thirds of Californians uninsured before the Affordable Care Act now have coverage, a new report finds.