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California Advances PBM Licensing and “Transparency” Law

Last week, the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions voted in favor of Assembly Bill 315. AB 315 seeks to amend the California Business and Professions Code: (a) to require PBMs to obtain licensure from...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – April 2017

Welcome back everybody. While the momentum around an American Health Care Act (AHCA) comeback is unclear, there’s no discounting that efforts are ongoing to reach a consensus among House Republicans with significant pressure...more

A Spring Cheat Sheet to Congressional Health Care Policy

Welcome back, friends. While the next stretch likely won’t have the drama of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), there will be plenty happening. There are deadlines that require decisive action on behalf of stakeholders and...more

Congress returns with Trump pressing anew for ACA repeal/replace, but with what?

Welcome back, Republicans in Congress. When you went home for spring break, constituents made raucous complaints, if you held town halls, about the GOP’s failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare....more

Fate Uncertain for HHS’s Extension of ACA Discrimination Protections to Abortion & Gender Transition

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In May 2016 HHS issued a final rule implementing the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557 nondiscrimination provision, which applies to recipients of funding from HHS. The rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender...more

Stop-Loss Policies, How Low Can You Go?

by Bryan Cave on

On April 5, the “Self-Insurance Protection Act” passed the House and moved to the Senate. This bill, if enacted, would amend ERISA, the Public Health Service Act and the Internal Revenue Code (the “Big 3” statutes containing...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for March 2017. Please see full...more

NJ Out-Of-Network Update

Increased Focus on the NJ Surprise Bills Legislation - As you know, New Jersey legislators have been considering laws regulating surprise bills by out of network providers for over 8 years. Recently, activity has...more

House Amends the American Health Care Act: Where Will It Lead?

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On the last day before the U.S. Congress began its spring recess, the U.S. House of Representatives amended the now consolidated bill H.R. 1628, known as the American Health Care Act (the AHCA). We previously discussed the...more

Will New Administration Speed VA Summary Prospectus?

by Carlton Fields on

President Trump’s nominee for SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, could speed authorization of the variable annuity (VA) summary prospectus and related layered disclosure and shortened underlying fund report to shareholders. Doing so...more

Signs of an Active 2017 for Laws Protecting Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation

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The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)’s Model Legislation or Regulation to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation (Model Act) gained traction in 2016 and appears poised for even more...more

GOP made Obamacare popular, and polls show party’s responsible for it now

Republicans in Congress are heading home to their districts for a spring break. Will they hear again from angry constituents—but this time from zealous supporters angry that they failed to fulfill their seven-year promise to...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017

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Trial Bar Proposes Anti-Ride-Sharing Amendments to Insurance Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee considered amendments this week proposed by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association that would likely force Uber out of...more

Medicaid Reform Beyond the AHCA

While we continue to monitor Congressional efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, we are also monitoring CMS’s efforts to implement the administration’s Medicaid program goals without Congressional action. The future of the...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Only the House of Representatives were in session this week, but it was a pretty busy week nonetheless. Topics from the budget to mandatory minimum sentences were all up for review and debate. The...more

Health Care Newsmakers J. Bradley Wilson & Michael M. Dudley

by Williams Mullen on

We are fortunate to have two industry leaders, J. Bradley Wilson, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Michael M. Dudley, President and CEO of Optima Health and Senior Vice President of Sentara...more

South Dakota Adopts Credit For Reinsurance Model Law

by Carlton Fields on

On March 6, 2017, the Governor of South Dakota signed into law House Bill 1045 conforming South Dakota law to the current version of the Credit for Reinsurance NAIC Model Law (Model 785). ...more

Issues to watch at the Denver NAIC Meeting

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As we head to the NAIC Spring National Meeting in Denver this weekend, here are just a few of the issues the Dentons IREG team will be engaged in...more

GOP turns from failed blitzkrieg to trench fighting in war against Obamacare

Now that the blitzkrieg assault on Obamacare is over, the battle to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hasn’t gone totally up in smoke. It just has fallen, for now, into lots of still critical bits and pieces....more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

Twin Peaks - Is it all uphill from here?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Financial Sector Regulation Bill - The Financial Sector Regulation Bill (the Bill), currently before parliament, is the first phase in implementing the Twin Peaks Retail Distribution Review (RDR) model, which...more

Beltway Briefing: Special Tax Policy Briefing

by Cozen O'Connor on

Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies analyze the future of tax reform and the implications on the business community. Blake: Today for this special briefing on tax reform, which is...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap, March 2017 #2

Arkansas - Governor Proposes Changes to Medicaid Expansion Waiver as House Passes Bill to Cap Expansion Enrollment - Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) released a proposal to amend the State's Medicaid expansion waiver by...more

House votes to eliminate antitrust exemption for health insurers

by DLA Piper on

While the House of Representatives put repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on hold last week, it passed legislation that would eliminate the 70-year-old "McCarran-Ferguson" antitrust exemption for the insurance industry....more

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

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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

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