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December 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017

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.

Outlook for 2017: Healthcare re-reform
2017 had been shaping up as a year focused on fixing the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets, slowing prescription drug price hikes, expanding Medicaid, improving mental healthcare and spreading value-based payment and delivery. Suddenly there's a new, more conservative agenda.

Obama Makes A Last-Ditch Effort For His Signature Health Care Law
President Obama meets with Democrats on Capitol Hill today, looking for ways to preserve his signature health care law in the face of stiff Republican opposition.

Cornerstone: The Rise and Fall of a Health Care Experiment
Cornerstone Health Care, a large physician group here, made a big bet a few years back: It would get paid based not on how many procedures its doctors performed, but on how effectively they treated their patients.

Obamacare Is First Item On Congress' Chopping Block
Congress is back in session on Tuesday, and leaders of both houses say their first order of business will be to repeal Obamacare.


What ‘repeal-replace’ could mean for your employer health plan
If you’re like most Connecticut residents and get your health insurance through an employer, chances are the future of Obamacare doesn’t have nearly as much bearing on your coverage as it does for the nearly 300,000 people in the state whose coverage can be directly tied to the Affordable Care Act.

Colorado’s Obamacare exchange misspent $9.7 million in federal grants, audit alleges
Federal auditors are recommending that Colorado be forced to repay nearly $9.7 million from grants used to set up Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s Obamacare exchange, after concluding that the money was misspent or not properly accounted for.

Arizona 'Obamacare' supporters defend health law
As Republicans in Congress move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, supporters of the law mounted a campaign to salvage the federal law that has extended health-insurance coverage to more than 20 million Americans.

Georgia exchange enrollment edges up as trend moderates
Close to a half-million Georgians have been enrolled for coverage for the 2017 health insurance exchange through Dec. 31.