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May 9, 2016 – May 23, 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.

Why Obamacare's "Cadillac tax" is so contentious
President Obama's signature health care law is called the Affordable Care Act, but just how affordable remains an open question even this long after its enactment.

Group Doctor Visits Gain Ground
Want to spend more quality time with your doctor? Maybe you should try joining a group.

How will health insurer mergers hit Obamacare?
Investors got an update last week on the progress of two giant health insurer mergers that, if regulators approve, will shrink the number of major insurers in the U.S. from five to three.

Obamacare brings record low for US health uninsured rate
How low can Obamacare go? Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans lacked health insurance in 2015, the first time ever in the nation's history that the uninsured rate has fallen so low, and a clear sign of Obamacare's impact.

Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare
Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Obamacare Premiums In California May Rise 8 Percent Next Year, State Predicts
California’s health insurance exchange estimates that its Obamacare premiums may rise 8 percent on average next year, which would end two consecutive years of more modest 4 percent increases.

Missouri will soon be able to review, evaluate health insurance premiums
Missouri may soon have the authority to review the prices of some health insurance plans before they’re sold to consumers in the state.

Health insurers seek rate increases in Maryland as United Healthcare quits market
The unanticipated costs of providing health care to customers on the state's online exchange has prompted large insurers to seek rate increases of up to 30 percent while one insurer decided not to offer individual plans at all.

New Mexico health insurers propose rate hikes for 2017
New Mexico regulators are unveiling details about the health insurance premiums proposed by insurers for next year, and there are indications the state will not escape the hefty increases expected nationwide.