Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin
October 6 – October 17, 2014
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.
How Will Taxes Be Reconciled with Premium Subsidies?
Questions are answered about health insurance premium tax credits and what the penalty is for not having insurance.
Modest Premium Hikes, Higher Consumer Costs Likely for Job-Based Plans
Fall is enrollment season for many people who get insurance through their workplace. Premium increases for 2015 plans are expected to be modest on average, but the shift toward higher out-of-pocket costs overall for consumers will continue as employers try to keep a lid on their costs and incorporate health law changes.
Obamacare Enrollment: Second Year an Even Tougher Challenge
As states gear up for round two of Obamacare enrollment next month, they have their sights set on people like Miles Alva. Alva, 28, works part-time at a video store and is about to graduate from Cal State Northridge. Getting insured is about the last thing on his mind.
Changes for the Next Obamacare Open Enrollment
If the Congressional Budget Office is close to the mark, in the second open-enrollment season we will see about a doubling of the 7 million people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces.
Five Things We Need to Know Before Obamacare Enrollment Starts Again
How many will enroll this time? How's HealthCare.gov testing going? How is the competition shaping up? What do 2015 rates look like? What doctors can people see?
Redesigned Obamacare Website is Faster and Easier to Use
Obama administration officials expressed confidence Wednesday that the government’s healthcare website will work far more quickly and dependably this year, cutting in half the time needed for most people to apply for insurance.
Obamacare is in Hiding Until After the Election
The second Obamacare open enrollment is scheduled to begin on November 15th and end on February 15th. Instead of learning critical lessons from the mistakes of the first open enrollment fiasco, the Obama administration appears to be trying to silence potential critics.
Wellness Programs Get a Health Check
Companies are trying to figure out just how far they can go to keep their workers fit and healthy.
STATES IN THE NEWS
Will Map of ACA Enrollment Look Different in 2015?
In health insurance, to a great extent, price is king.
California “Report Cards” Are Out in Time for Open Enrollment
The California Office of the Patient Advocate Wednesday released “report cards” that rate major health plans on selected clinical care services, including cancer treatment, mental health, chronic disease management and patient satisfaction.
Colorado Health Officials Announce Privacy Breach
Colorado health officials say they accidentally violated the medical privacy of about 15,000 people in a recent postcard mailing.