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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

February 24, 2017 – March 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.

GOP Overhaul Would Keep Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax,’ But Delay It Until 2025
Might Republicans make job-based health insurance taxable? And how can you fight an insurance denial for lung-cancer screening? Also, can pharmacists prescribe drugs? Here are answers to some recent questions from readers.

The House GOP ObamaCare Repeal And Replace Plan: 7 Key Points
House Republicans introduced their proposal for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, with age-based tax credits at its centerpiece. The legislation would also eliminate the individual and employer mandates as well as expand health savings accounts.

Five Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA
After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.

AP Explains: How to transform GOP health care plan into law
After more than 60 votes and seven years of promises, Republicans offered their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, the real work begins. Republicans must navigate a complicated path to turn their 123-page proposal from legislation to law.

Obamacare Lite? New GOP Health Care Bill Has Host of Critics
A new Republican health care plan keeps much of the basic framework set up by Obamacare, but with a conservative twist, analysts say. But it's full of holes, with no detail on how to pay for its provisions and no estimates at all of how much it will cost taxpayers.

Obamacare repeal bill offers tax credits, big Medicaid changes
The House’s Obamacare repeal bill unveiled Monday would offer less generous insurance tax credits and phase out the law’s Medicaid expansion while striking its unpopular individual mandate penalty.

STATES IN THE NEWS

GOP health-care plan would upend consumers’ cost calculations in California
For better or worse, Californians who aren’t insured through their employers could see major changes in their health insurance costs under a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Roskam: GOP health care plan good for Illinois; Hultgren on the fence
As a fight rages on Capitol Hill over a Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton strongly supports the alternative devised by House Speaker Paul Ryan.