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August 9, 2016 – August 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.

Think Your Obamacare Plan Will Be Like Employer Coverage? Think Again
When Obamacare was developed, one goal was to allow middle-class Americans to use the new marketplaces to buy the same kind of health insurance they had at their jobs.

Insurers continue to abandon ACA exchanges, limiting choice
Aetna will abandon Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges next year in more than two-thirds of the counties where it now sells the coverage, the latest in a string of defections by big insurers that will limit customer choice in many markets.

People With Obamacare Plans Filled More Prescriptions, But Had Lower Costs
The 2010 health law was meant to expand insurance coverage so that Americans could get medical care they would otherwise go without — and not spend a fortune doing so. Though it’s still early, new evidence suggests this scenario is playing out.

Obamacare Will Survive Aetna’s Retreat
Die-hard opponents of the 2010 health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, have often used its real and imagined problems to argue that it is fatally flawed.

Six Years Into Obama’s Health Care Law, Who Are the Uninsured?
Roughly 20 million more Americans have health insurance now than when President Obama’s health care law was passed in 2010.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Obamacare Marketplace Shakeout Rocks Arizona, Southeast
Some of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what’s ahead for consumers very much depends on where they live.

As some quit exchanges, insurers press for changes in ACA
Aetna’s decision to abandon 11 state Affordable Care Act marketplaces combined with the shrinking participation of other insurers has prompted Washington advocates to look for new ways to strengthen state outlets like Connecticut’s Access Health CT.