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Health Care Update - December 2014

In This Issue: - FDA Releases Menu Labeling Rule - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Upcoming Congressional Hearings - Excerpt from FDA...more

Capital Thinking: General Legislative

The Senate will convene today, Monday, January 27, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. At...more

The Government Shut Down and Its Impact on Public Health

In the early morning of October 1, 2013, the U.S. federal government officially went dark. The shutdown came in the aftermath of the Senate’s decisive vote to reject a House plan that would have kept the government funded for...more

Important Medicare Provisions Contained in Fiscal Cliff Compromise

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. While most popular coverage has focused on ATRA’s changes to the tax code, the new law...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Anticipated Medicare and Medicaid Payment Reforms

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), concluding a protracted debate on how to prevent the United States from falling over the proverbial “fiscal cliff.” President...more

Health Care Reform Update -- January 7, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Other Health Care News. Excerpt from Leading...more

Congress Amends the Medicare Secondary Payer Act

On December 31, 2012, Congress sent the Medicare IVIG Access and Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act (“the Act”) of 2012 to President Barack Obama for signature. The Act had strong bipartisan support, passing in...more

Finger-Pointing: Another Side Effect of the New Health Care Law

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will change a lot of things in health care in 2013 and 2014. But the law probably won’t stop medical costs from rising — or end the search for someone to blame for the...more

Health Care Reform Update -- December 17, 2012

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from Implementation of the...more

New Proposed Regulations Released Under the Affordable Care Act

The Obama administration recently released three important proposed regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"). These proposed regulations, the highlights of which are discussed below, aim...more

Health Care Reform Update -- November 26, 2012

In This Issue: Leading the News: the Regs are Out!; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings...more

Amendments to CLIA’s Proficiency Testing Provisions Passed by Congress

The Senate approved the previously House-passed Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act (also known as the “TEST Act”) this week, clearing the way for President Obama’s signature and enactment. The legislation, which amends...more

Medicare and Medicaid Reforms Coming in a Second Obama Administration

While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaigned on the promise to repeal the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to reform Medicare and Medicaid, their defeat does not mean the health industry should expect no...more

Healthcare Reform Moves Forward; States Face Key Decisions

With the results of the election in, the path to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now appears clear. President Obama's re-election guarantees that implementation of national healthcare reform will proceed, and...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 11.2.2012

In This Issue: - Election Day Next Week - Prescription Drug Task Force Continues Its Work - Efficiency Maine Trust Finalizing Its Triennial Plan - Decision on MaineCare Cuts Delayed - Decision Deadline for...more

Election Day

Greetings to all with only four days left until the election! Our esteemed leader, John Knapp, posted yesterday on our Legi Blog an election preview-please be sure to read it. Also, please be sure to check back with us...more

House Committee Moving Forward with Subpoena Regarding Medicare Advantage Demonstration Project

As discussed in our recent post on the new Medicare Advantage (MA) star ratings, there is ongoing controversy regarding HHS’s Medicare Advantage Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration Project. The Demonstration Project is...more

Health Care Reform Update -- October 22, 2012

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

Obama? Romney? The Potential Impact of the Election on the Health Care Industry

While the election season often yields more heat than light, some clear themes emerged from last night's Brownstein Health Care Panel Discussion. Our panel and the audience of more than 80 health care professionals had...more

Congressional Research Service Finds Sequestration Would Have “Somewhat Limited” Effect on Health Reform Spending

An October 1, 2012 report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) analyzes the impact of impending across-the-board cuts to Federal spending known as “sequestration” on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ...more

House Budget Committee's Democrats Publish FAQs on Sequestration

Democratic members of the U.S. House Budget Committee have released a brief Frequently Asked Questions primer on the budget sequestration set to take effect on January 2, 2013. ...more

More than 20 new insurance-related bills signed into law by Governor Brown

September 30, 2012, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on bills passed by the California Legislature during the 2012 regular legislative session....more

Jennings hopes op-ed leads to bipartisan ACA tweaks... AEI 'Fellow' Stands By Op-Ed Equating Obamacare To Romneycare, Predicts ACA...

JD Kleinke, the 20-year health economics veteran and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) who caused a stir with his Sept. 28 New York Times editorial, “The Conservative Case for Obamacare,” tells Inside...more

Campaign Debate Over Medicare Could Ripple Out To Deficit Reduction Talks Next Year

If polls continue to show public support eroding for Medicare premium support and Medicaid block grants, Republicans might have a difficult time pushing those reforms next year during the deficit reduction debates, some...more

OMB Issues Report on Likely Effects of Sequestration

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report on September 14, 2012 detailing the magnitude of impending across-the-board cuts to Federal spending beginning on January 2, 2013 in a process known as...more

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