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July 25, 2017 – August 9, 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.

Republicans leave town with no clear path on Obamacare
Republicans are leaving Washington Thursday for a month of recess with no clear direction on what they’ll do next on Obamacare.

Health care state of play: What happens next
By now, the events related to Republicans' plans for health care early Friday morning have reverberated across Washington. Three GOP senators voted down a so-called "skinny repeal" plan, a devastating blow to President Donald Trump and Republican leadership.

Five tough decisions for the GOP on healthcare
Republicans have left Washington for the August recess with healthcare decisions hanging overhead, many of which must be addressed by the end of September. Here are five decisions looming for the GOP.

What’s the Near-Term Outlook for the Affordable Care Act?
If Congress abandons efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has said he would “let Obamacare fail.” This Q&A examines what could happen if the Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare,” remains the law and what it might mean to let Obamacare fail.

Employer-Based Health Coverage Likely to Stay Awhile
Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around “Obamacare” all but guarantees you’ll still be able to do that.

The first Affordable Care Act enrollment season of the Trump era is still a mystery
As the fate of the Affordable Care Act dangled dramatically in the Senate last month, the Trump administration abruptly canceled contracts with two companies that have helped thousands of Americans in 18 cities find health plans under the law.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

Ohioans dropped by Anthem on Obamacare exchange will have insurance option
Nearly every Ohioan will have an option on the Obamacare health care exchange even after Anthem leaves.

Covered California Expects 12.5% Average Rate Rise In 2018
Covered California health insurance premiums will jump by a statewide average of 12.5 percent next year, amid continuing uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s Obamacare exchange said Tuesday.

State takes control of Minuteman Health
State officials said Thursday that they have seized control of Minuteman Health Inc., a small Boston-based insurer created under a program of the Affordable Care Act to provide low-cost policies.