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September 9, 2016 – September 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.

Obama Tries to Sell Insurers on Obamacare After 2016 Defections
President Barack Obama met with top executives from more than a dozen health insurers, including Humana Inc. and Cigna Corp., to re-affirm his support for the Affordable Care Act after several companies retreated from the law’s government-run insurance markets.

How Yelp Reviews Can Help Improve Patient Care
Hospitals and many insurance carriers care about patient satisfaction. It especially matters to hospitals because insurance payments can be influenced by how patients rate the care they receive, as well as by the health of the patient, which hospitals usually report.

New data show major improvements in health care access, affordability, and quality under the Affordable Care Act
New studies released this week show Americans are experiencing slower growth in health care premiums, increased access to coverage, and higher quality of care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

STATES IN THE NEWS

Consumer Group Questions Role of Drug Costs In California Premium Hikes
Rising drug costs are often blamed for driving up health insurance premiums, but a major consumer group says the numbers don’t add up — at least in California.

Maryland Health Connection introduces new mobile app
Marylanders can now enroll in Maryland Health Connection health coverage right from their cellphone or tablet. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced a new mobile app on Monday, ahead of open enrollment.