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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

November 24, 2016 – December 8, 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.

5 Health Care Trends That Could Affect You in 2017
The American health care system faces massive uncertainty heading into 2017. Three years after the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges, more Americans have insurance than ever before, but they’re also having more trouble affording it.

Trump announces selection of Tom Price for Health secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be Health and Human Services secretary.

8 Big Changes Under Tom Price’s Obamacare Replacement Plan
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act who was just tapped by President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to head the Department of Health and Human Services, is a rarity on Capitol Hill: A Republican with a plan to simultaneously repeal and replace Obamacare.

Getting rid of Obamacare may take longer than Trump plans
President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans promised during the campaign to quickly repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health-care law if they controlled Washington.

How repealing Obamacare would punish the working class
The number of people without health insurance could more than double under Republican plans to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act, reaching nearly 59 million — or more than one in four Americans, according to a new analysis published Wednesday.

Tackling high drug costs in the Trump era
The rising costs of prescription medicines have made headlines for the past two years.

STATES IN THE NEWS

CT business community on watch over ACA repeal effort
GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would affect individuals who’ve been purchasing their coverage on state exchanges or through the expansion of Medicaid the most, but some who receive their health care from their employers are also likely to be affected.

Tennessee Obamacare enrollment lags national numbers amid uncertainty
The number of Tennesseans who selected insurance plans on the Obamacare exchange in November is lagging both the national activity and the state's activity last year.

Exchange sign-ups in Georgia higher than last year’s
More Georgians have signed up for coverage for the upcoming insurance exchange than at the same time last year, according to new federal figures released Wednesday.