Health Care and Insurance News Bulletin
September 8 – September 19, 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.
Obamacare Premiums Are Magical Mystery Tour
Last week, we finally learned the prices for the new benchmark plans for Obamacare.
Can I Buy Coverage After Accident Injuries? Who Pays the Cadillac Tax?
Questions from readers are answered about whether people can wait until they get sick to buy health insurance and who’s allowed to buy plans on the state marketplaces, as well as a query about the tax on so-called Cadillac plans.
Be Wary of Doctor-Rating Sites
The public can rate almost everything on the Internet today: books, hotels, restaurants — and even doctors.
7.3 Million In Obamacare Plans, Beats CBO Forecast
The administration’s announcement that 7.3 million people are now enrolled in health insurance plans on the Obamacare exchanges immediately ignited a new round of arguments about the success or failure of the health law.
Whatever its Motive, CVS Does the Right Thing by Ending Cigarette Sales
CVS stopped selling cigarettes last week. The move may be little more than a business calculation for the pharmacy chain.
Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Rates Fuel National Health Crisis
Americans are getting fatter, and older. These converging trends are putting the USA on the path to an alarming health crisis: Nearly half of adults have either pre-diabetes or diabetes, raising their risk of heart attacks, blindness, amputations and cancer.
States in the News
Access Health Plans Much Smaller Enrollment Assistance Effort This Time
To reach Connecticut’s remaining uninsured and help existing customers maintain their coverage when the second Obamacare enrollment period begins in two months, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange is planning an in-person outreach effort that’s a fraction of last year’s nearly $3 million sign-up blitz.
Big Minnesota Insurer Leaves Obamacare Site
PreferredOne, the insurer that sold nearly 60 percent of all private health plans on Minnesota's Obamacare exchange, on Tuesday said it would leave that marketplace.
Vermont’s Health Exchange Site is Offline for Repairs
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted.
With Medicaid Expansion Blocked, McAuliffe Unveils Plan to Insure More Virginians
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday announced a plan to provide health insurance to as many as 25,000 Virginians, far short of his June vow to defy the Republican-controlled legislature and find a way to expand coverage to 400,000.