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Health Care and Insurance News Bulletins 

October 9, 2016 – October 23, 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.

More employers are offering telemedicine, but why aren't workers using it?
Precious Witherspoon's throat felt increasingly raw and her head began to hurt as the workday wore on. But Witherspoon, an executive assistant at Chicago-based PowerReviews, didn't want to call in sick the next day and haul herself to a doctor's office to hear what she already suspected — that she had strep throat.

Mailings, social media ads woo uninsured for health sign-up
The Obama administration says it’ll send more than 10 million mailings to woo the uninsured for the final health care law sign-up season of President Barack Obama’s tenure.

Health Care Law’s Beneficiaries Reflect Its Strengths, and Its Faults
Cara Suzannah Latil is living proof that the Affordable Care Act works — but also of why a central piece of the law is in turmoil.

Can’t Find a Plan on HealthCare.gov? One May Be Picked for You.
The federal government will choose health plans for hundreds of thousands of consumers whose insurers have left the Affordable Care Act marketplace unless those people opt out of the law’s exchanges or select plans on their own, under a new policy to make sure consumers maintain coverage in 2017.

Nondiscrimination Rules for Cafeteria Plans
A cafeteria plan is an employer-provided written plan that offers employees the opportunity to choose between at least one permitted taxable benefit and at least one qualified employee benefit.

STATES IN THE NEWS

What Would A Public Insurance Option Look Like In California?
The “public option,” which stoked fierce debate in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, is making a comeback — at least among Democratic politicians. The proposal to create a government-funded health plan, one that might look like Medicare or Medicaid but would be open to everyone, is being reconsidered at both the federal and state levels.

Dem governor: ObamaCare 'no longer affordable' for many
Minnesota’s Democratic governor said Wednesday that ObamaCare “is no longer affordable” for many people. “Ultimately ... the reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people,” Gov. Mark Dayton said, according to a transcript provided by his office.

Survey: Washington state consumers befuddled by health insurance complexity
Washington state consumers are struggling to understand basic principles of health coverage, according to a recent survey of 1,000 Washingtonians, conducted by PRR Research on behalf of Group Health Cooperative.