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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

June 24, 2016 – July 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.

States Offer Privacy Protections To Young Adults On Their Parents’ Health Plan
The health law opened the door for millions of young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. But there’s a downside to remaining on the family plan.

Young Adults Can Face Challenges To Health Enrollment
The Obama administration is making a push to get young adults covered on the health insurance marketplaces, both for their own good and that of the marketplaces, which need healthy people to balance sicker ones in the risk pool.

Court Strikes Down Obama Health Care Rule on Insurance Standards
A federal appeals court has ruled that consumers must be allowed to buy certain types of health insurance that do not meet the stringent standards of the Affordable Care Act, deciding that the administration had gone beyond the terms of federal law.

Tobacco surcharges lower insurance enrollment
A tobacco surcharge levied by some insurers has led to lower enrollment in health coverage — but not to lower smoking rates.

Under Affordable Care Act, Growing Use of ‘Community Health Workers’
Pay close attention to Tara Nelson as she chitchats with clients about their families, their pets, their hairstyles, their air conditioning, and you’ll detect the string of questions she slips in. Have you managed to get outside for walks? Did you eat lunch today? You missed a doctor’s appointment this week — how come?

STATES IN THE NEWS

Buying health coverage outside work? Get used to less choice
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's individual and family health plans sold to people who lack coverage through employers are popular offerings. They are also money-losers on a grand scale.

N.H. marketplace may offer fewer options in 2017
The state’s health insurance marketplace will again have five companies offering plans next year, but the number of small-group options will fall by about one-third and the number of companies offering dental insurance will be down to two.

TennCare expansion proposal: 5 things to watch
The TennCare expansion plan unveiled this week by House Speaker Beth Harwell's task force — hailed a "significant first step" to closing the Medicaid gap — is raising a lot of questions for industry observers as it moves into the review and negotiation phase.

State deems insurance co-op, HealthyCT, financially unstable
About 40,000 people will lose their health insurance in the coming months as a result of a state evaluation that has deemed the financial health of Connecticut’s nonprofit health care co-op unstable.