Health Care and Insurance Bulletin
October 20 – October 31, 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.
How the Supreme Court Could Still Wreak Havoc on Obamacare
Obamacare may not be the political issue it was this time last year, when a faltering Web site threatened to derail the program, but that doesn't mean it's in the clear. Ongoing legal challenges to one aspect of the law could still put its coverage expansion in serious jeopardy.
Is the Affordable Care Act Working?
After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful conservative backlash.
Next Open Enrollment for ACA Approaches, but Few Notice
This year, the big challenge for officials behind the Affordable Care Act may not be making the website work but getting customers to come shop in the first place.
HealthCare.gov Communication Issues Cast Cloud on Coverage Renewal
For those who bought health insurance on HealthCare.gov for this year, they could be in for a few surprises when open enrollment begins November 15th.
High-Deductible Insurance Plans can Carry Large Out-of-Pocket Costs
To cut monthly premium costs, more people are choosing high-deductible plans, gambling that they can stay healthy. More employers are pushing that option; some are giving employees no choice.
Some Doctors Wary of Taking Insurance Exchange Patients
Now that many people finally have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, some are running into a new problem: They can't find a doctor who will take them as patients.
Reality Check: There’s No Easy Way to Put a Lid on Healthcare Costs
Critics of the 2010 Affordable Care Act complain that it doesn't do much to control the healthcare costs that are becoming unsustainable for families and businesses.
STATES IN THE NEWS
Obamacare Plan Rates in Wisconsin to Keep Pace or Decline Next Year
Despite the dire predictions, the cost of health plans sold on the marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act are increasing next year at roughly the same rate as past years in Wisconsin — and several insurers are even lowering prices.
How Obamacare Went South in Mississippi
In the country’s unhealthiest state, the failure of Obamacare is a group effort.