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November 24 – December 8, 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.

Dems optimistic for ‘Cadillac tax' repeal
Democrats are growing more confident that they’ll win their battle with the White House over whether to include the repeal of ObamaCare’s “Cadillac tax" on high-cost insurance plans in a package of tax extensions both parties want to approve before the end of the year.

Little headway in attracting more Hispanics to ACA health coverage
The number of people shopping for medical insurance on the Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov is lagging behind last year's interest, even as the Obama administration urges Hispanics to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Early detection of cervical cancer increased after ACA expanded coverage
The Affordable Care Act may have helped more women get early treatment for cervical cancer, according to a preliminary new study.

Health-Law Avoiders Won’t Get Reprieve This Time Around
Federal officials said Monday that if uninsured people don’t obtain coverage within the health law’s official enrollment period, which ends Jan. 31, they won’t get an extension to avoid the law’s penalty for going without insurance this time around.                                                                        

STATES IN THE NEWS

Vermont Health Connect promises fixes
Although Gov. Peter Shumlin recently proclaimed the Vermont Health Connect a “totally different ballgame” in comparison to last year’s performance, a House committee on Monday heard of several unresolved problems affecting the insurance exchange.

Kentucky Strategy Will Test Need For State-Run Obamacare Exchanges
Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s plan to dismantle the state’s successful health insurance exchange, Kynect, and shift consumers to the federal one would likely have little impact on consumers, health experts say.

Nearly 87,000 Virginians enroll in health insurance
Federal officials say nearly 87,000 Virginians have chosen health plans in the insurance marketplace created by President Barack Obama’s health care law since an open enrollment period began on Nov. 1.

Ga. exchange enrollment already past 100,000
More than 100,000 Georgians have signed up for coverage in the insurance exchange as of Nov. 28, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Hawaii's troubled health exchange closing its doors
The Hawaii Health Connector spent $130 million in federal grant money, but will be closing its doors after failing to achieve financial sustainability.