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August 26, 2017 – September 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.

Harris to co-sponsor Sanders' single-payer bill
California’s junior senator, Kamala Harris, on Wednesday departed from the position held by the state’s senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, and announced her intention to co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All’’ bill.

GOP Turns to `Small Step' on Obamacare, Works With Democrats
Almost eight months after President Donald Trump took office and promised to immediately repeal Obamacare, Republican senators are instead developing a small package of changes to help the health law rather than end it.

Repealing Obamacare Just Got Even More Complicated
The Senate parliamentarian told lawmakers that Republicans’ ability to pass an Obamacare replacement with just 51 votes expires at the end of this month, Senator Bernie Sanders said Friday.

5 Outside-The-Box Ideas For Fixing The Individual Insurance Market
With Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act stalled, tentative bipartisan initiatives are in the works to shore up the fragile individual insurance market that serves roughly 17 million Americans.

Trump officials slash advertising, grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance
The Trump administration is gutting federal funds that help Americans sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, cutting grants to grass-roots groups that assist with enrollment by 40 percent and slashing an advertising budget from $100 million to $10 million.

Enrollees, insurers are waiting for Affordable Care Act answers, but uncertainty is what they’re receiving
For Donna Tanega, the Affordable Care Act is more than a political debate. It’s a discussion of whether her 14-year-old son will have health insurance. Her son, Evan Payne, is one of 360,000 Virginians relying this year on exchange plans under former President Barack Obama’s health care law.


Live In Hawaii, And Odds Are You'll Need Fewer Prescription Meds
If you think you would be healthier if you lived in Hawaii, you may be right. People in Hawaii appear to be much less likely to overuse problematic prescription drugs, including opioid pain medications and antibiotics, than are people on the mainland United States.

For Millions Of Insured Californians, State Health Laws Don’t Apply
True or false? If you’re a Californian with private health insurance, you have the right to an appointment within a certain number of hours or days, depending on the severity of your condition. Your health plan’s provider directory is legally required to be updated and accurate. A new state law protects you against nasty surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers, so long as you seek care at an in-network facility.