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December 9 – December 23, 2015

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.

Congress to delay ACA’s ‘Cadillac’ tax on pricey health plans until 2020
A decision by Congress to defer a new tax on expensive employer health plans would cost the government an estimated $9 billion and have a potent symbolic effect as the first major change that lawmakers have made to the Affordable Care Act since its passage.

Workers unlikely to see relief from delay of health plan tax
Don’t expect to see much relief from rising costs for workplace health coverage under a federal budget deal that postpones a widely feared tax on generous insurance plans, experts say.

Uninsured People Eligible For Obamacare Face Average $969 Penalty In 2016
The penalty for failing to have health insurance is going up, perhaps even higher than you expected.

State by state data show bigger 2016 exchange premium, deductible jumps
Consumers buying health insurance through federal and state exchanges will see their monthly premiums for the popular silver-level plans jump by an average of more than 11%, while also likely facing higher deductibles, a new analysis of exchange data by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows.

Despite Hopes Of Health Law Advocates, ‘Multi-State’ Health Plans Unavailable In Many States
A health law insurance program that was expected to boost consumer choice and competition on the marketplaces has slipped off course and is so far failing to meet expectations. enrollment up about one third over last year
More than 8.2 million consumers signed up for health coverage through or had their coverage automatically renewed, as millions more selected plans through state-based market places, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.


ACA sees jump in Tennessee enrollees
Tennesseans got busy signing up for health insurance on the federal exchange from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5. The state saw the number of people enrolled jump from 62,922 to 88,007 in just a week's span — a stunning increase in enrollment.

MNsure, health insurance companies extend enrollment deadline
MNsure and Minnesota health insurance companies announced on Saturday an extension of open enrollment for 2016 health plans. The joint announcement means Minnesotans now have until Dec. 28 to comply with the federal mandate that nearly all Americans have coverage Jan. 1 or pay a penalty. The deadline had been Dec. 15.

California Exchange Targets ‘Hot Spots’ With High Rates Of Uninsured
As the deadline for January health care coverage nears, California’s insurance exchange is intensifying efforts to sign people up in pockets of the state with exceptionally high numbers of uninsured residents.

DC health exchange hoping to sign up ‘Star Wars’ fans
You may be strong with the Force, but you still need health insurance. That’s the message the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchange hopes to send to moviegoers this weekend.

More than 218,000 Ohioans sign up for Obamacare, government says
More than 218,000 Ohioans have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year following a last-minute burst of enrollment before last week's deadline, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.