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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

April 9, 2016 – April 23, 2016

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.

People may be warming up to health reform — but not to ‘Obamacare’
A new study finds that although the public remains stubbornly split on the Affordable Care Act, a slight shift may be occurring beneath the surface — with a growing minority of people coming around to the opinion that the law is having a real impact on access to health care.

UnitedHealthcare To Exit All But ‘Handful’ Of Obamacare Markets In 2017
UnitedHealthcare will operate only in a “handful” of health insurance exchanges in 2017, down from 34 states this year, company officials said Tuesday.

7 tips for cancer patients worrying about the cost of their care
You've just been diagnosed with cancer. One of your first questions, after the shock wears off, is most likely: How much could all this cost? The answer may be hard to pin down.

Health apps: Unlimited promise or 'like having a really bad doctor'
For Julie Hadduck, a smartphone app that could diagnose cancer seemed like a miracle.

Emergency Visits Are Not Going Down Since ACA Implementation, CDC Says
Emergency visits are increasing despite the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), with key reasons including seriousness of medical problems and lack of access to other medical providers.

Get Ready for Huge Obamacare Premium Hikes in 2017
Amid rising drug and health care costs and roiling market dynamics, the spokesperson for the nation’s health insurers is predicting substantial increases next year in Obamacare premiums and related costs.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Drug prices in Boston are dozens of times higher than overseas
Prescription drugs generally cost more in the US than in other countries. And a new analysis found this is especially true in Boston, where consumers can expect to pay many times more for their medicines than the international benchmark pricing used by the World Health Organization.

On Mass. Health Law’s 10th Anniversary, Here Are 12 Things To Know
Ten years ago today, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law a bill with an ambitious goal: health coverage for virtually every Massachusetts resident. To mark the 10th anniversary, we asked health experts of all stripes to assess the law’s first decade.

In fourth year, Obamacare exchange eyes broader role
The head of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Jim Wadleigh, has been talking about his organization's taking on a larger role in addressing coverage affordability, health care delivery and health disparities.

5 things to know about Affordable Care Act marketplace in Arizona
UnitedHealthcare’s decision to leave the health-insurance marketplace in Arizona and most other states will limit choices for consumers.