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September 24 – October 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.

Two Substantive Sides to Debate Over Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and a bipartisan group from Congress have come out in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac tax.”

Tax on Expensive Health Insurance Plans Could Cut Care Along With Costs
The Affordable Care Act took enormous strides toward providing access to health-care coverage to the tens of millions of uninsured Americans and reining in the skyrocketing costs of health care that heavily pressured households and public budgets, addressing what we consider the most glaring shortcomings of the U.S. health system.

Poll: 60 percent oppose ObamaCare Cadillac Tax
The public opposes ObamaCare’s “Cadillac Tax” on high-cost health insurance plans by a wide margin, according to a new poll. The poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which does nonpartisan healthcare analysis, finds that 60 percent of the public opposes the tax, while 28 percent favor it.

Premium Cost Is Top Concern for Health Insurance Shoppers: Survey
Americans, long used to seeking bargains, look mostly at price when they're shopping for health insurance, a new survey shows.

4 Ways Companies May Adjust to Looming Employee Benefits Tax
The taxman is coming to employer-sponsored health insurance, and his visit may trigger changes to your benefits.

Health care enrollment season present dizzying choices
Just in time for the upcoming benefit enrollment period, the Kaiser Family Foundation has released its annual survey of employer health plans, which cover more than half of the non-elderly population, or 147 million people.

Insurers Face Health Overhaul Losses for 2014
Health insurers will lose about $2.5 billion because patients covered through President Barack Obama's health law last year were sicker than expected, according to government figures released late Thursday.

STATES IN THE NEWS

MNsure health insurance rates to go up as high as 49 percent
Health insurance premiums for Minnesota residents buying coverage through MNsure or directly from providers will increase by as much as 49 percent on average next year, state officials announced Thursday, a major jump that the state's top insurance regulator said calls for additional reforms to control costs.