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September 26, 2017 – October 10, 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.

White House plans executive order to expand health care options
The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system.

Tom Price's ouster complicates Republicans' latest health care push
The exit of Tom Price as the U.S. health secretary has many wondering if Republicans will be able to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The Republican Party as of late has struggled to advance its health care agenda even though they have control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

It's getting harder to sign up for ACA health insurance. Here are 9 things to do about it.
More than 426,000 people in Pennsylvania and 295,000 in New Jersey signed up for health-care coverage this year through Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Gov. Wolf recently bragged that the uninsured rate in Pennsylvania is lower than it’s ever been, thanks to the law better known as Obamacare. New Jersey is touting similar results.

New Regulations Broadening Employer Exemptions to Contraceptive Coverage: Impact on Women
On October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration issued two new regulations greatly expanding the types of employers that may be exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage requirement.

STATES IN THE NEWS

Report: Health care premiums would increase 52 percent
Up to half of middle class or higher-income individuals who get no taxpayer subsidy in buying health care under Obamacare will drop coverage once they face average premium increases of 52 percent in 2018, a health insurance expert told a legislative commission Wednesday.

Imagining A Single-Payer Health System In California
With the crumbling of the latest GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, many Americans seem more willing to discuss what a single-payer system might look like and whether it is desirable — or even possible.

Potential Obamacare participants will have less help, half the time to sign up this fall
Iowans who need to buy their own health insurance will have significantly less assistance in signing up this fall — and half the time to do it.