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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin 

November 17 – November 28, 2014

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.

Transitional Reinsurance Enrollment Count Due Date Extended Until December 5
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension of the deadline for contributing entities to submit their 2014 enrollment counts for the transitional reinsurance program contributions under 45 CFR 153.405(b).  The deadline has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on December 5, 2014. 

Soaring Prices in Generic Drugs Raise Ire, Draw Senate Scrutiny
Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

Fact Check: The Great Health Care Premium Debate Continues
In the latest round of what's-happening-to-health-care-premiums, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly claims that we're seeing "huge increases" in employer-sponsored plans, while President Obama touts historically low health care inflation, which experts say is mainly due to the slow economy, not the health care law.

Where Federal Health Exchange Rates Will Rise
In about a fifth of the counties in states using the federal insurance exchange, premiums for the lowest-priced silver plans will increase by 10 percent or more.

Obamacare’s Biggest Obstacle Now May Be Its Public Image
Another year, another enrollment period and another series of Republican efforts to repeal, defund or otherwise dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care Push Comes to Bars, Nail Salons
The pitch for health care coverage is being made at nail salons, pizzerias, mosques and even bars.

Unhappy with State of American Healthcare, Millennials Find New Roads to Wellness
As political, financial, and technological forces combine to remake the healthcare landscape, millennials are highly dissatisfied with the current state of healthcare in America. As a result, today's young adults have developed alternative approaches to managing their health and wellness.


What Makes an Obamacare Website Work? Ask Kentucky
Kentucky's online health insurance marketplace has run pretty smoothly since Obamacare open enrollment launched November 15, even as many others have faltered.

Illinois Health Officials Mocks Millennials with “Luck” Insurance Ad
Illinois health officials are offering millennials a new insurance plan that promises no paperwork and no monthly premiums. But it also has “no real benefits” or “real care of any kind,” according to the new tongue-in-cheek ad from “Get Covered Illinois.”

Colorado: “Only Three Weeks Left” to Get Health Insurance for January 1
About 1,700 new customers signed up for private health insurance during the first eight days that Colorado’s exchange was open, but anyone who wants coverage by January 1 must sign up by December 15.