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Pennsylvania’s New Medical Marijuana Law: What Employers Need to Know

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3 (SB3), otherwise known as the Medical Marijuana Act, which legalizes the prescription and use of medical marijuana by persons with a “serious medical...more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Legislation to Address Opioid and Drug Abuse Epidemic

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has approved several more bipartisan public health bills, including a series of bills intended to combat opioid abuse and drug addiction. Specifically, the Committee approved...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

In a unanimous vote of 156-0, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $39.56 billion spending plan for FY2017 on April 27. Over three days, the House considered more than 1,300 amendments to pass a final budget...more

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings

A number of recent Congressional hearings have focused on health policy topics, including the following: - ..A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #5

What's New - SENATE - The Senate had a very active week of floor debate as members worked through the calendar in an attempt to send bills to the House of Representatives before the May 1st crossover deadline. The...more

Tennessee Governor Signs Certificate of Need Changes into Law

Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, has signed legislation that will significantly change the state’s certificate of need (CON) laws. The changes include revised requirements for multiple services regulated by CON, including...more

Washington, D.C. Update – April 2016

FY17 Appropriations - The House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to move forward on individual FY17 spending measures based on discretionary spending levels enshrined in last fall's bipartisan budget deal....more

President Obama Signs Zika Priority Review, Controlled Substances Laws

President Obama has signed into law S. 2512, which adds Zika virus to the Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher program to encourage the development of treatments for neglected tropical diseases. In addition,...more

CA State Legislature Clamps Down on Residential Treatment Centers

The existence of residential sober living homes and other treatment centers located in residential neighborhoods has recently attracted the attention of many media outlets and has become a hot button topic on both sides of...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap - April 2016

Arkansas - Medicaid Expansion Funding Secured, Program to Continue - Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed an appropriation bill funding "Arkansas Works," the re-named State's Medicaid expansion, concluding a...more

As drug prices skyrocket, senators rip an ex-Big Pharma CEO

Prescription drug prices continue to soar, prompting hearings on Capitol Hill, and leading a columnist to suggest nifty ways how Big Pharma could better educate consumers about medications, especially since many seniors may...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2016 #4

CMS's sweeping final rule aligns Medicaid and CHIP managed care with QHP and Medicare Advantage regulations; New York's DSRIP is enabling change in the State's Medicaid delivery system; and Medicaid expansion reduces...more

Illinois Governor Initiates Fight Against Health Care Fraud Amid Growing Deficit

As Illinois' finances continue to deteriorate and the budget crisis remains unsolved, the Rauner administration recently announced an initiative to focus on identifying and recouping health care fraud in Illinois. On April 5,...more

Tennessee Legislature Passes Sweeping Changes to CON Law

On April 20, 2016, the Tennessee House and Senate completed final actions to pass legislation that makes significant modifications to the state’s certificate of need (CON) laws. The legislation, SB1842/HB1730 was sponsored by...more

Changes to IRS Partnership and LLC Audit Rules

Recent history has seen a proliferation of health care organizations—including tax-exempt organizations, for-profit companies, and physician practice groups—that have joined together to take advantage of different synergies...more

Will Congress vaporize proposals to curb tobacco use, protect kids’ health?

Just days after federal health officials warned about teen-agers’ increasing use of e-cigarettes (vaping) and hookahs, members of a House committee have approved a legislative move that shields vaping manufacturers from...more

The Challenges of the Evolving Marijuana Industry: Reconciling State Legislation with Federal Prohibition

Cultivation, production, distribution, or possession of marijuana is a federal criminal offense under the Controlled Substances Act (the CSA). Yet, despite federal prohibition, state-sanctioned marijuana industries have...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Thursday, April 21 was the third bill deadline at the Legislature, by which date committees must act favorably upon all major appropriation and finance bills. During the week, committees in both the House and Senate met...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed on a bi-weekly basis during the interim to keep you up to date on the...more

Passing on Healthcare Liability Claims Against Passive Investors in Tennessee

Tennessee recently enacted a law that limits who may be named as a defendant in a healthcare liability action. For causes arising on or after April 24, 2015, a healthcare liability action may only be brought “against the...more

Reforming Medicaid Could Become Toughest Job Ever for Baker Administration

Anyone who follows politics or government in Massachusetts has seen these numbers. They bear repeating: - ..Over the past seven years, spending on Medicaid (MassHealth) has increased 65%. ..Next year, total...more

North Carolina 2016 Pre-Session Legislative Update

Gaveling in the 2016 Session - Lawmakers will return to Raleigh next week for the 2016 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly, which will gavel in at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 25th. Following a nine-month...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 8 - April 2016

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 8 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. NATIONAL - New Payment Model for Part B Drugs Proposed -...more

Burr Alert: Tennessee Legislature Passes Certificate of Need Reform

This week, both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved legislation that will significantly reform Tennessee’s certificate of need (CON) program. Among the changes, the legislation: Removes the...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

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