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October 11, 2017 – October 25, 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.

WHO HAS HEALTH INSURANCE? TRUMP'S LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS UNIONS GET AMERICANS INSURED
President Donald Trump’s anti-union Labor Department released a study that showed joining a union is one of your best shots at getting health care coverage. Almost every union worker—94 percent—had access to employer-provided health care benefits as of March of this year, a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.

Pro-Trump States Most Affected by His Health Care Decision
President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefitting roughly 6 million Americans help fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency.

Five things to know about Trump’s controversial ObamaCare decision
The Trump administration’s decision to end payments to insurers meant to help low-income people afford their insurance has set off a battle in the courts and new fears about the possible collapse of former President Obama’s health-care law.

2 Senators Strike Deal on Health Subsidies That Trump Cut Off
Two leading senators, hoping to stabilize teetering health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, reached a bipartisan deal on Tuesday to fund critical subsidies to insurers that President Trump moved just days ago to cut off.

The Latest: Bipartisan health care bill would save money
Congressional budget analysts say a bipartisan health care bill would save the government money and it isn’t likely to have much impact - either way - on the number of people with coverage.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Iowa drops stopgap health insurance proposal, with sign-ups set to begin Nov. 1
Iowa leaders pulled the plug Monday on their “stopgap” proposal to try to shore up the state’s rickety market for individual health insurance policies.

What is the ACA subsidy Trump is ending? Here’s what it will mean for you
What is a cost-sharing reduction? It's a payment directly to insurers for subsidizing out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, for people who make 100-250 percent of the federal poverty line and buy a silver plan on the exchange.