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May 25, 2017 – June 8, 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.

10 key points from the CBO report on Obamacare repeal
Here are some key facts and figures from the new CBO report on the American Health Care Act, the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

GOP Health Bill Pleases Most Republicans, But Not Many Other Americans
The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act it would largely replace, a new poll finds.

Senate Mulls Health-Law Rewrite Pushing Obamacare Repeal to 2020
Senate Republicans are weighing a two-step process to replace Obamacare that would postpone a repeal until 2020, as they seek to draft a more modest version than a House plan that nonpartisan analysts said would undermine some insurance markets.

Column: Health insurance doesn’t equal health care
Health insurance does not equal health care. As Americans, we often conflate these two entities. But they are in fact separate.

The health-care reform we’re ignoring? Standardizing the price of care.
As lawmakers fight over what conditions insurance companies should be required to cover, other areas of health-care reform remain painfully neglected. One major example: How much should insurance companies pay for what they cover?

In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On
Receiving a diagnosis in 2017 — at least one made at a medical center outfitted with the latest clinical gadgetry — might include a scan that divides your body into a bread loaf of high-resolution digital slices.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Molina Healthcare, A Top Obamacare Insurer, Investigates Breach Of Patients’ Data
Molina Healthcare, a major insurer in Medicaid and state exchanges across the country, has shut down its online patient portal as it investigates a potential data breach that may have exposed sensitive medical information.

Dozens Arrested After Health-Care Protest in North Carolina
The head of the North Carolina NAACP was among more than 30 people arrested Tuesday during a demonstration against Republican lawmakers’ refusal to expand Medicaid coverage – the latest in a long string of protests the NAACP and members of the “Moral Monday” movement have waged since the GOP returned to power in 2013.

Harvard Pilgrim seeks 40% rate increase for Affordable Care Act plans in Maine
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is requesting an average premium increase of nearly 40 percent for its individual plans on Maine’s Affordable Care Act marketplace in 2018.

New York Health Insurers Ask for 16.6% Boost to Obamacare Rates
Health insurers in New York are seeking another year of hefty premium increases for their Affordable Care Act plans, adding fuel to the debate over the law’s future.