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July 24, 2016 – August 8, 2016

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.

It’s time to incorporate social needs into patient care
At an academic medical institution in Baltimore, several doctors examined a teenager. They were mystified by his rapid weight loss, an unusual and alarming condition for an otherwise healthy young man.

Eight Possible Fates for the Obamacare Exchanges
A lot's been happening in the health-care markets. California announced that premiums would rise by an average of 13.2 percent on its exchanges, after years of being one of the standouts for low premium growth.

Are Premiums Lower Than We Think?
Insurance premiums for Affordable Care Act individual policies may not be as expensive as presumed when compared to rates before the law took effect, a recent analysis suggests. The analysis, released last week by Health Affairs, argues that though premiums are increasing, they’re actually lower than they would have been before the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2010.

Health insurer Aetna backs off ObamaCare expansion plans
Aetna became the latest health insurer to cast doubt upon its future in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges after it called off a planned expansion Tuesday and suggested it could abandon that market completely.

STATES IN THE NEWS

No Primary Care Doc? We’ll Get You One
Health insurers are gearing up to comply with a new Covered California rule that will require them next year to ensure that all enrollees have a primary care provider.

Arizona becomes the last state to provide health insurance to low-income children
Arizona is rejoining a children's health insurance program for low and middle-income families, becoming the last state in the union to provide coverage for health care, dental care, speech therapy and other services to families who don't qualify for Medicaid.

Big news for Chicago-area Obamacare insurance exchange: Cigna seeks to join
One of the nation's largest health insurance companies plans to enter the Obamacare marketplace in the Chicago area for the first time, bringing new competition as other insurers exit or go out of business.

CareFirst revises request, seeks higher rate increase
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Wednesday that rate increases it requested from the Maryland Insurance Commission earlier this year are not enough to cover costs for its exchange-based plans and that it needs even larger ones.