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November 28, 2017 - December 11, 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.

The Hill: Cadillac tax is sticking point for Congress

ObamaCare's "Cadillac tax" has emerged as a sticking point in bipartisan negotiations over delaying certain health-care taxes before the end of the year.

Kaiser Health News: Parents Are Not Liable For Medical Debts Of Adult Children On Shared Insurance
Are parents responsible for adult children’s medical debts? Should people squeeze in appointments and expensive procedures before year’s end because of changes that might come with the GOP tax bill? Should consumers pay a broker to help them enroll in a plan? I answer these questions from readers this week.

STAT: The data are in, but debate rages: Are hospital readmission penalties a good idea?

The policy, known as the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, created financial penalties for hospitals whose readmissions exceed the national average for patients suffering from heart failure, heart attacks, and pneumonia.

The Washington Times: Consumers struggle to find health care prices online, study shows

Americans searching the web for health care costs are out of luck: Fewer than 20 percent of websites provide an accurate picture of how medical bills are tallied and what patients can expect to pay, according to a new study.

The New York Times: CVS to Buy Aetna for $69 Billion in a Deal That May Reshape the Health Industry

CVS Health said on Sunday that it had agreed to buy Aetna for about $69 billion in a deal that would combine the drugstore giant with one of the biggest health insurers in the United States and has the potential to reshape the nation’s health care industry.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Drug Companies Sue to Block California Drug Price Law

Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases. 

The CT Mirror: Access Health projecting 2018 enrollment will match last year’s

With about three weeks left in open enrollment, Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh estimates the health insurance exchange will end the enrollment period with about the same number of customers it had at the end of last year’s signup.