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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin 

March 30 – April 10, 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.

'Cadillac tax' the next big Obamacare battle
A mix of business groups and labor unions are pushing to tee up the next big Obamacare fight: killing its so-called Cadillac tax.

Where Romneycare fell short — and what that could mean for Obamacare
The landmark 2006 Massachusetts health-care law that inspired the federal overhaul didn't lead to a reduction in unnecessary and costly hospitalizations, and it didn't make the health-care system more fair for minority groups, according to a new study that may hold warnings for the Affordable Care Act.

With 16 Million in Obamacare, Is the Repeal Debate Over?
With the Obama administration announcing this month that some 16 million people have obtained health insurance since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans' intense focus on completely repealing the law is increasingly looking unrealistic.

Equal coverage for mental and medical health remains an issue, studies show
After overdosing 19 times, William Head Williams was finally ready to enter a detoxification program for his heroin addiction. But he was turned away from a New York hospital after his insurer deemed his admission not medically necessary, said his father, Bill Williams, who drove him there Oct. 16, 2012.

HealthMine Survey Reveals U.S. Consumers Have Failing Grade in Knowing Their Personal, Key Health & Wellness Facts
As the healthcare industry debates the value of regular health screenings, consumers know a lot less about their health than they need to. While 83% of people say they have easy or somewhat easy access to their health information, 68% don't know their biometric measurements—key indicators of risk for chronic preventable conditions.

How Would Alternative Subsidy Structures Affect Stability in the ACA Individual Market?
RAND research has found that subsidies in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) health insurance exchanges exert a stabilizing effect on the insurance market by encouraging younger, healthier people to stay enrolled in the face of premium hikes.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

18,000 Californians use extended Obamacare sign-up to avoid tax penalty
California officials said about 18,000 people have taken advantage of an extended Obamacare enrollment period that was created as a final opportunity to escape the health law's tax penalties.

Hundreds in Charlotte get ACA coverage, but time’s almost up
One week before the 2014 tax deadline, Affordable Care Act advocates and tax preparers in Charlotte are making a push to get people covered for 2015.