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Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017 #4

States react to the failure of the AHCA; the HHS Inspector General launches an investigation into the Trump Administration's suspension of Marketplace enrollment outreach efforts; and the Kansas Legislature sends a Medicaid...more

American Health Care Act Pulled From House Floor: No New Legislation to Repeal and Replace ACA

The much-anticipated vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on the “American Health Care Act,” also known as “AHCA” or the “Obamacare replacement bill,” was cancelled last week, leaving many to ask “what now?” As noted in...more

Is there a Doctor in the House? How the Travel Ban Could Impact the Healthcare Industry

On March 15, 2017, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a ruling that enjoined the Trump administration’s revised executive order intended to suspend admission of foreign nationals from six designated countries. On March 16, a...more

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

In the last few weeks we have talked to hundreds of employers about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 6. Many of you have asked about the AHCA, how it might...more

FDA User Fee Hearings Picking Up Steam on Capitol Hill

As we noted previously in our introductory blog post on the 2017 User Fee Act (UFA) reauthorization process, the first UFA hearing on Capitol Hill was convened on March 2, 2017 by the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s (E&C)...more

GAO, states jump into battles to rein in Big Pharma’s sky-high prices

Big Pharma’s skyrocketing prices are finally in for some real scrutiny by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), as well as new initiatives in the Maryland and New York statehouses....more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 8: An Employer’s Guide to the Collapse of the American Health Care Act (Spoiler...

The stunning failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (which we previously reported on here) has political and policy implications that we cannot forecast. Nor it is it clear to...more

Affordable Care Act Survives Again; Repeal and Replace Bill Withdrawn

As has been widely reported, proponents of the American Health Care Act withdrew the bill from consideration before the full House of Representatives could vote on it last Friday. Early statements suggest there is no...more

Issue 107: House Pulls AHCA Minutes After Expected Vote - Future of Repeal Efforts Uncertain

This is the one hundred and seventh issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

Proposed Employee Wellness Legislation Might Undermine Protections of GINA

Employees who don’t want to disclose genetic information about themselves and their families to their employers may have to pay a stiff price for that privacy in the future. The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R....more

Repeal Efforts Fail (for now): Can Obamacare Survive?

With the House GOP pulling the American Health Care Act (AHCA) due to lack of sufficient support even within its own party, Obamacare is not out of the woods. The ACA’s two pillars, the individual marketplaces and...more

Health Care Reform Update – American Health Care Act Shelved

The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the legislation intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), was shelved on Friday, March 24, 2017, ending for now efforts to repeal the ACA. The AHCA, described in...more

The ACA Survives…Again

We feel like a broken record, because we’ve said it before: the Affordable Care Act is still here. We said the same thing after each of two Supreme Court challenges to central portions of the law, both of which (in 2012 and...more

Trump’s Budget Proposal: Increased Spending for Health Care Fraud Enforcement

Last week, President Donald J. Trump released his first proposed budget. Amidst headline making cuts to agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Department of Agriculture and spending...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital

Budget Work Stymied: With the House and Senate headed for a mid-April recess, work on completing the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations for 10 of the 11 appropriations bills remains unfinished despite an approaching April 28th...more

HHS and Medicare Asked to Expand Coverage for Genetic Tests

Fifteen members of Congress have asked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Medicare) to examine how the federal government can help improve patient access to genetic...more

Will the Trumpcare fiasco mean that health care is finally accepted as a right?

A GOP assault on American health care has been turned aside, for now. But major questions have been exposed that will need answering if we as a country are ever to come together over health care. Do we recognize that health...more

Update #6: ACA Lives On – Employers Should Stay Their Course

Republicans have announced that their ACA replacement bill, known as the American Health Care Act, has been pulled from a vote, after determining they may not have enough votes to pass the bill. It is unclear whether or when...more

AHCA Pulled From the House Floor Minutes before an Expected Vote

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was pulled from consideration at the last minute after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) reportedly told President...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This week was the first time this year that both the House of Representatives and Senate were in session. That made for a busy few days at the Capitol. On Monday, the House and Senate Education...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/27-3/31

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Health Update - March 2017

The Future of Essential Health Benefits - Editor's Note: The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule may be among the many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are on the chopping block as the Trump Administration and...more

Future of the Affordable Care Act and the American Health Care Act

This week, in their “Future of the Affordable Care Act” series on our Employment Matters blog, my colleagues Alden Bianchi and Edward Lenz provided an analysis of the major provisions of the American Health Care Act...more

Perspectives for Employers on the Proposal for Health Reform About to Be Voted on in the House

Congress is scheduled to vote on the revised proposal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (the ”ACA”). This bill is currently called the American Health Care Act of 2017 (the “2017 Bill”). It is important to...more

House Preparing to Vote on Repeal and Replace of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Following the introduction of proposed legislation on March 6, 2017 to repeal and replace certain portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Manager’s Amendments on March 20, 2017, the House Rules...more

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