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October 26, 2017 - November 13, 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.

5 Things To Know About ACA At Year 5
Open enrollment for people who buy their own health insurance starts Wednesday and ends Dec. 15 this year. That’s 45 days, six weeks shorter than last year - and only one of the big changes consumers need to consider. The Trump administration has cut back on marketing and funding for navigators to help people through the process.

Obamacare choices up for 2018, but so are prices
Dire political predictions that insurers would flee the individual market and consumers would have fewer choices in 2018 - in essence killing off the Affordable Care Act - do not appear to have come true.

ObamaCare signups surge in early days to set new record
A record number of people signed up for ObamaCare in the first few days of open enrollment this year compared to the same period in previous years, several sources close to the process told The Hill.

10 things the Trump administration has changed about Obamacare
Obamacare has not been repealed, but its critics are now in charge of administering the Affordable Care Act, and they’ve made many changes to diminish its impact. “Obamacare is bad policy,” said the Trump administration’s two top officials over the system as they issued one important executive order changing how the law works.

Congress opens door to nixing ObamaCare mandate in tax bill
Top House Republicans have opened the door to using their sweeping tax bill to repeal ObamaCare's individual mandate, as they began retooling the tax proposal Monday in pursuit of a final version that can pass Congress.

Battered by Trump, Obamacare triumphs at the polls
Obamacare made a comeback in Tuesday’s elections, its strongest show of support since President Donald Trump was elected and the GOP spent months on a futile effort to repeal it.


Election Night Surprise: Health Care Galvanizes Voters
Health care appears to have played an unexpectedly robust role in Tuesday’s off-year elections, as Democrats swept statewide races in Virginia and New Jersey and voters told pollsters it was a top concern.

Obamacare rates will skyrocket 27% in Michigan in 2018
The sticker price for health insurance plans sold on Michigan's Affordable Care Act exchange will jump an average 26.9% next year under new rates announced Wednesday by state officials.

Insurance Guide 2018: Oregonians face fewer choices, higher premiums
John and Maureen Moore are like a lot of individual health insurance buyers. In four years, they've had three different insurance companies and four plans. They've seen premiums go up. Deductibles, too. One plan dropped John's doctor.

Why tens of thousands of Coloradans choose to pay a fine rather than buy health insurance
Tens of thousands of Coloradans who could be eligible for free or reduced-cost health insurance instead pay a fine every year for not having insurance at all, according to a new report from a nonpartisan health group.