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August 10, 2017 – August 25, 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.

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018
Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study.

McConnell: Path on healthcare ‘murky’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged Monday that Congress's next steps on healthcare are unclear after Republicans failed to repeal ObamaCare.

Health Insurers Get More Time to Calculate Increases for 2018
The Trump administration is giving health insurance companies more time to calculate price increases for 2018 because of uncertainty caused by the president’s threat to cut off crucial subsidies paid to insurers on behalf of millions of low-income people.

Health groups recommend fixes to ObamaCare
A group of 14 health organizations is asking Congress to "strengthen" ObamaCare instead of repealing it.

How Donald Trump is Driving Up Health Insurance Premiums
Health insurance premiums for 2018 are on the rise for many, and for that, most of the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of President Trump.

Don't understand health care? You're not alone. It's the industry's fault — not yours
Clear Health Analytics designs its tools to help people navigate choosing health insurance by writing to a fourth grade level.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Montana's Health Co-op remains standing as others falter
The Montana Health Co-op resumes accepting new enrollees after withdrawing from the state's health insurance exchange last year amid worries about its financial health.

Anthem’s Exit Leaves Thousands With No Choice Of Health Plans
For about 60,000 Covered California customers, choosing a health plan next year will be easier, and possibly more painful, than ever: There will be only one insurer left in their communities after Anthem Blue Cross of California pulls out of much of the state’s individual market.