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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin 

March 16 – March 27, 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.

Funding, focus lacking for health care that gets results
As the Affordable Care Act pushes doctors and hospitals to join forces to slash health care costs, those with the least-expensive solutions say they're still largely being ignored.

Data on Health Law Shows Largest Drop in Uninsured in 4 Decades, the U.S. Says
The Obama administration said on Monday that 16.4 million uninsured people had gained health coverage since major provisions of the Affordable Care Act began to take effect in 2010, driving the largest reduction in the number of uninsured in about 40 years.

Obama administration: 16.4M have gained health insurance
More than 16 million Americans have gained coverage since President Barack Obama's health care law took effect five years ago, the administration said Monday.

Under Health Care Act, Many Tax Filers Are Discovering Costly Complications
This filing season, for the first time, millions of Americans are facing tax implications — and new forms that even seasoned preparers are finding confusing — related to their health insurance status. The changes are not only complicating things for tax filers, but also costing many of them money.

5 ways Obamacare has helped Americans
It's been five years since President Obama signed his landmark -- and controversial -- health care reform bill into law.

Exchanges need new quality controls
Millions of Americans battle chronic diseases every day. Their fight just got harder. New evidence shows that even as more people gain insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, the quality of that coverage is getting worse.

New health insurance data breach in Northwest; 11 million may be affected
A data breach may have exposed sensitive information of 11 million customers and employees of a major health insurer in the northwest United States.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

Most N.Y. Marketplace Plans Lack Any Coverage For Out-Of-Network Care
More than a dozen insurers offer plans on the New York health insurance marketplace, and depending on where they live, shoppers may have more than a hundred products to choose from. But despite being spoiled for choice in many ways, there’s one popular feature that most New Yorkers can’t find in any of the health plans offered on their state exchange: out-of-network coverage.

Obamacare: California sends 120,000 corrected tax forms, thousands more coming
California's Obamacare exchange has sent out 120,000 corrected tax forms, but it said tens of thousands of other consumers are still waiting for their information.

ConnectiCare takes lead as most popular insurer on exchange
ConnectiCare Benefits Inc. was the most popular carrier among plans sold on the state’s health insurance exchange this year, capturing 42.3 percent of the 110,095 people who signed up for insurance through Access Health CT.

Audit says Maryland overbilled federal government $28.4M in health exchange launch
A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation.