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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

May 24, 2016 – June 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.

Insurance Rates Going Up: New Concerns for Obamacare
Fresh problems for "Obamacare": The largest health insurer in Texas wants to raise its rates on individual policies by an average of nearly 60 percent, a new sign that President Barack Obama's overhaul hasn't solved the problem of price spikes.

Avalere: 2017 ACA Premium Requests Up 16 Percent in 9 States
Average premium requests for 2017 for the most popular type of ACA marketplace plans are 16 percent higher in the first nine states to make them public, according to an Avalere Health analysis released May 24.

Obamacare is helping millions get needed healthcare, new survey finds
More than 60% of working-age Americans who signed up for Medicaid or a private health plan through the Affordable Care Act are getting healthcare they couldn’t previously get, a new nationwide survey indicates.

UnitedHealth to Exit Key ACA Market
UnitedHealth Group Inc. told brokers that it has filed paperwork to offer plans in just six states’ health-law marketplaces next year, providing the most complete picture so far of its previously announced widespread withdrawal.


Some rates in Georgia insurance exchange could soar in 2017
Many Georgians may see their monthly premiums rise by double-digit percentages on the state health insurance exchange in 2017, an analysis of health insurers’ proposed rate requests shows.

Competition in Florida helps keep Obamacare rates in check, study says
Competition among health insurance companies requesting to sell plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange in Florida next year should help keep premiums in check for consumers despite an early estimate by state regulators of an average double digit increase, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the nonprofit Urban Institute and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

House panel calls for criminal probe into failed Oregon health care exchange
Ex-Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his staff mismanaged the creation of the state’s doomed health insurance website, including by making decisions based on his re-election campaign, according to a congressional report released Wednesday which seeks a criminal probe.

Ohio Insurance Department Announces Co-Op Will Close
Ohio’s co-op will become the thirteenth of the 23 co-ops created under the Affordable Care Act to fold.