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September 24, 2016 – October 8, 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.

Reporting Minimum Essential Coverage
Minimum essential coverage (MEC) is the type of coverage that an individual must have under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers that are subject to the ACA’s shared responsibility provisions (often called “play or pay”) must offer MEC coverage that is affordable and provides minimum value.

About 2.5 million people missing out on Obamacare tax credits
About 2.5 million people are missing out on tax credits to lower the cost of their insurance, because they are buying health insurance plans off the federal and state health care exchanges, federal regulators said Tuesday.

Health Law Targets Women’s Preventive Services, But It Offers Help To Men, Too
Why aren’t there preventive health recommendations for men like there are for women under the health law? Women and breast cancer get so much attention by the health care community. Heart health, diabetes, prostate cancer and colon cancer are a few examples of opportunities for education and preventive screening for men.

Study: Good Heart Attack Care Could Add a Year to Your Life
Going to the right hospital for heart attack care could add a year to your life, a new study suggests.

Study: ObamaCare enrollees more likely to have checkups
People who gained ObamaCare coverage in 2014 were more likely to have a regular doctor and an annual checkup than people who remained uninsured, a new study finds.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Everything You Wanted To Know About Your Health Plan (But Were Afraid To Ask)
It can be well worth the effort to go up against your health plan if it denies you treatment you think you need. That’s just one of the many lessons consumers can glean by using a new online tool unveiled today by the Department of Managed Health Care.

Harken to exit Illinois Obamacare exchange
Harken Health is abandoning the state's Obamacare health insurance marketplace. Harken, a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, said Thursday it will not offer plans on the exchange next year.

Rural Iowans face limited health-insurance choices
Iowans in 13 rural counties who want to buy subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will have just one option for 2017, the state insurance division reported Tuesday.