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May 25 – June 12, 2018

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.

PEW: Why States Worry That 'Association Health Plans' Will Be Magnets For Scam Artists

Within weeks, the Trump administration will make it easier for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance for their workers.

 

The New York Times: Medicare’s Trust Fund Is Set To Run Out In 8 Years. Social Security, 16.

The financial outlook for Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund deteriorated in the last year, and Social Security still faces serious long-term financial problems, the Trump administration said on Tuesday.

 

Kaiser Health News: Price Check On Drug Ads: Would Revealing Costs Help Patients Control Spending?

President Donald Trump wants to control spending on drugs.

 

The Hill: Poll: Health Care A Top Issue For Voters Ahead Of Midterms

More than 1 in 5 voters, 22 percent, said in a new NBC News–Wall Street Journal poll that health care is their top issue in the November midterm elections.

 

The Washington Post: Trump Administration Won’t Defend ACA In Case Brought By GOP States

The Trump administration said Thursday night that it will not defend the Affordable Care Act against the latest legal challenge to its constitutionality — a dramatic break from the executive branch’s tradition of arguing to uphold existing statutes and a land mine for health insurance changes the ACA brought about.

 

STATES IN THE NEWS

 

Star Tribune: Hazelden Signs Health Plan Contracts

Hazelden has signed contracts with two national health insurers this year that give more health-plan subscribers access to services from the Center City-based addiction treatment provider at in-network rates.