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Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #2

Trump Signs New Executive Order Threatening ACA. Following last month’s senatorial defeat on full repeal-and-replace—after which Congress vowed to move on to tax reform and other lower hanging fruit—the Trump administration...more

Trump, by executive fiat, tries to blow up ACA with cheap, skimpy alternatives

President Trump has made good on his promise to try to blow up the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. His latest, twin executive actions seek to gut the national health insurance program that Republicans have reviled but...more

California Enacts Bill on Drug Pricing Transparency

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 9, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law what may be the most comprehensive prescription drug pricing transparency bill in the country. The bill, SB-17, is intended to foster transparency in...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - With a national holiday on Monday and no session for either chamber, it was a quiet week in the Capitol. There was no movement on any legislation and very little budget talk. However, there is some news you...more

Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Exemptions Expanded Under Interim Final Rules

by Benesch on

Last week the Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services (Departments) published rules exempting employers from the contraceptive coverage mandate created under the Affordable...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – October 2017 #1

With the FY2017 reconciliation instructions behind us, we look ahead to what is left in store for health care between now and the end of the calendar year. While Secretary Price’s departure was expected, what he leaves behind...more

Disproportionate Share Hospitals Facing Steep Payment Cuts

While September 30, 2017 has been an important procedural deadline for purposes of the GOP’s most recent legislative push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it also serves a critical funding deadline for purposes of the...more

Graham-Cassidy Proposal Falls Short on Votes While Other Deadlines Loom

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the Graham-Cassidy legislation were unsuccessful as lawmakers rushed to meet the September 30th deadline when the Senate would have lost its current reconciliation...more

The After-Effects of Graham-Cassidy’s Demise

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The proposed legislation known as Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructure federal Medicaid financing, will not be put to a vote because 51...more

Fractal Geometry, Actuarial Risk, and §1332 Waivers—The Role of the States in Reforming Health Care

At this writing, the prospects for success of the latest Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act appear bleak — but the Graham-Cassidy bill on which the GOP has pinned its last-ditch hopes highlights a major...more

Fate of Last-Minute Affordable Care Act Initiatives Uncertain

by Baker Ober Health Law on

This week, the debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gained new momentum in two separate, but connected channels. As the fiscal year (FY) budget reconciliation window enabling expedited passage of an ACA repeal draws to a...more

GOP Tries “Repeal and Replace” One More Time as Clock Runs Out

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Senate Republicans, frustrated by their failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the summer, are trying once again. They have only until September 30, according to a ruling by the Senate...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – September 2017 #2

Welcome back everybody. The House is out this week and the Senate is out Thursday and Friday with a lot to sort out before they skip town. Graham-Cassidy has people on edge because, if nothing else, it is still alive. The...more

Health Care Reform Returns to the Spotlight

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress is now back in session and, once again, focus has turned to health care. With all eyes on returning health care reform to the forefront, a flurry of activity has sparked new legislative efforts including the...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017 #3

He Said, They Said. Over a Wednesday night dinner consisting of the unusual combination of Chinese food and chocolate pie, President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)...more

GOP senators trying to sneak in one more push to repeal, replace Obamacare

As the 40th President of the United States used to mutter, well, there they go again. The Republicans in the 115th Congress apparently will make another go at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, what may be...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – September 2017

“It’s déjà vu all over again.” We’re back again this week for an important round of hearings in HELP and Finance where we will be paying close attention to the tone emanating from the hearings especially after Chairman...more

Health Care Reform Roundup – Issue 9

After health care reform efforts failed in late-Spring/early-Summer, things have been quiet. However, Congress returned to DC this week. Although legislative focus now appears to be on general tax reform, we expect some...more

Health Alert (Australia) 4 September 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 30 August 2017 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Medibank Private Limited [2017] FCA 1006 - In this proceeding,...more

26 Days: Congress and Health Care as FY 2017 Comes to a Close

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Congress returns from August recess today, facing a daunting workload to complete before the end of the current fiscal year (FY) on September 30. Big picture issues include raising the national debt ceiling and passing a...more

ACA Reform – What Comes Next?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The chances that Congress will continue trying to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have significantly reduced, as the Senate is determined to instead proceed with a tax cut or tax reform....more

Senate Rejects Proposals to Repeal and Replace Affordable Care Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Senate Republicans failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week. After voting to proceed with debate on the American Health Care Act, which was passed by the House in May, the Senate...more

Healthcare Legislation Outlook and Update

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Below is a summary of recent U.S. Senate action on healthcare legislation and our outlook regarding coming issues and possible actions. Holland & Knight's Healthcare & Life Sciences Team will follow up as developments...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 8

Below is a summary of significant health care reform developments over the past two weeks. GOP Repeal and Replace Efforts Stalled. After releasing a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on July 13,...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017 #4

Following the dramatic conclusion of the failed vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it appears the Senate will pivot to other issues, namely the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). However, the...more

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