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April 24, 2017 – May 8, 2017

The purpose of this bulletin is to compile a handful of articles relating to health care coverage in the United States that are most pertinent to LIUNA and its health and welfare funds. We hope you find this biweekly bulletin helpful and informative.

House passes ObamaCare repeal
House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, taking a major step toward a long-held goal and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health system.

A Look at the House Republican Health Care Bill
House Republicans have passed legislation to roll back much of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The legislation would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama’s overhaul.

Pre-existing conditions: Pregnancy, sleep apnea could make you pay more
Millions of Americans are uncertain about their future as a new health care bill heads to the Senate. The American Health Care Act would shake things up. It could open the door for insurers to charge sick people and pregnant women much higher premiums.

Winners And Losers Under The House GOP Health Bill
House Republicans have passed a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. If it is signed into law, the American Health Care Act will affect access to health care for millions of people in the U.S.

What’s next for the Republican health-care bill
Republicans have said their first legislative priority is to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. Below is a guide to the three-phase process they plan to take to overhaul the nation’s health-care system.

5 things to watch while awaiting a Senate health care bill
The House has passed its version of an Obamacare repeal bill, and the Senate now gets to work. But as the legislative gears continue to grind, there are still some key developments to watch out for that could have a dramatic effect on the debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

Like the ACA itself, Georgia navigators face uncertain future
Harold Weber is what’s known as a navigator. He has been helping people choose the right health insurance plan since 2013, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Working out of the Athens Neighborhood Health Center, he estimates that he has steered about 1,400 people through the complexities of the federal health insurance exchange for Georgia.

Aetna will exit Obamacare markets in Virginia in 2018, citing expected losses on individual plans this year
Giant insurer Aetna on Wednesday continued an ongoing retreat from the Obamacare business, announcing it will not sell such health plans in Virginia next year because of expected financial losses.

Why Blue States Might Ditch Beloved Obamacare Protections
Under the Republican health bill, it’s up to states whether to dismantle key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Red or GOP-leaning, states are sure to be interested in rolling back the law’s coverage requirements and freeing insurers to charge people more when they have preexisting conditions.