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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

March 9, 2017 – March 23, 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.

House Leaders ‘Came Up Short’ In Effort To Kill Obamacare
Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders Friday failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Now What? Options for Consumers as Health Law Drama Fades
As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year.

Data Note: 5 Misconceptions Surrounding the ACA
On the seventh anniversary of the passing of the Affordable Care Act, we highlight five of the most common misconceptions surrounding the 2010 health care law.

Health Exchange Enrollment Misses Obama Administration’s Goal, But Stays Steady
An estimated 12.2 million people signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act for 2017, federal officials reported Wednesday, down slightly from the 12.7 million who signed up for 2016.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Does good food count as health care? New research aims to find out
Diane Woodford peppers the meal delivery driver at her front door with an urgent question: “Did you bring my tomato soup?” It’s there in her bag, along with a week’s worth of low-sugar, low-salt meals to ensure Woodford will eat well, even though her diabetes, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure make it hard for her to get to the grocery store.

Quality Of Care For Kidney Dialysis Improved In San Diego County
Four hours a day. Three days a week. Every single week of the year. That is how long Steve Brown of Ocean Beach spends in a UCSD Medical Center basement with a plastic tube tethering him to a machine.