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February 9, 2017 – February 23, 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.

Trump is urged to reject health law’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ and retain employee tax break
Twenty-seven employer groups asked the Trump administration on Monday to reject calls to replace the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax” on high-cost health benefits with a plan that caps the individual tax exclusion for job-based health coverage.

GOP leaders provide new details about ObamaCare repeal
House Republican leaders on Thursday presented to their members the most detailed look yet at their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, though some key elements remain to be worked out.

12.2 Million Sign Up for 'Obamacare' Despite Its Problems
More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law even with the uncertainty created by President Donald Trump's vow to repeal and replace it. A count by The Associated Press shows that many consumers returned to the program despite its problems.

Humana to drop out of ObamaCare at end of 2017
Health insurance company Humana announced Tuesday that it would leave the ObamaCare market in 2018. The insurer said it would offer plans through 2017, but that the market has not stabilized enough to participate next year.

Now You Can Do Your Taxes Without Filling Out the Insurance Question
If you want to keep your health insurance status a secret from the I.R.S., the Trump administration just made it a little easier.


Fewer Minnesotans buy individual health insurance, but more use MNsure and get help paying
Minnesota’s individual health insurance market isn’t in the clear yet. Tens of thousands of Minnesotans who purchased health insurance in 2016 are apparently going without this year, beset by soaring premiums, shrinking provider networks and political uncertainty about the future of health coverage.

"Right to shop" bill looks to incentivize cheaper health care
Health care is a lucrative business for hospitals, doctors and insurance providers. Why not patients? That would be one result of a set of bills proposed by Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, that would make Missouri one of a handful of "right to shop" states in the country.