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November 14, 2017 - November 27, 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.

Enrollment in ACA health-care plans is still running ahead of last year
The number of Americans signing up for health-care plans under the Affordable Care Act continues to run ahead of last year in states relying on the federal insurance exchange, according to federal figures released Wednesday that span nearly half of an abbreviated enrollment season.

Paul Ryan faces conservative pressure to target ObamaCare mandate in tax bill
House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing conservative pressure to follow the example of Senate Republicans and target ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of a sweeping tax overhaul – though so far, the GOP leader is showing little appetite for it.

The GOP’s Strategy for Killing Obamacare Now Looks Like This
The mandate to buy health insurance is the broccoli of Obamacare - the part you have to accept if you want the goodies, like affordable coverage of people with costly pre-existing conditions.

Pence’s health care power play
Vice President Mike Pence is exerting growing influence over the American health care system, overseeing the appointments of more than a half-dozen allies and former aides to positions driving the White House’s health agenda.

STATES IN THE NEWS

This Tennessee insurer doesn’t play by Obamacare’s rules - and the GOP sees it as the future
When Phil Yates walked into a tiny strip mall storefront last month, he was hopeful he might walk out with an affordable health insurance plan. Here in the Volunteer State, the 61-year-old retiree had a decent shot: Another 61-year-old retiree could have walked into that same office and enrolled in a relatively basic plan for as little as $283 per month, far less than the $860 a month Yates paid this year for an Obamacare plan.

What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care
We know that where you live matters: There are huge disparities in health and costs across the country.

Covered California sees 23 percent jump in health insurance signups
The number of new customers signing up for health insurance through the Covered California exchange jumped 23 percent during the first two weeks of open enrollment compared with the same period last year, state officials said Thursday.