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Dueling Districts on Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? In two highly technical and comprehensive rulings out July 22, 2014, two federal districts came to opposite conclusions on a key remaining challenge to...more

Manatt on Medicaid: The Emerging Conversation About the Future of CHIP

During passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a debate erupted over the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a well-established program that now offers coverage to 8 million children in low- and...more

From Second and State: The Week Ahead – June 23-27, 2014

We’ve turned the corner of the final 10 days before the June 30 budget deadline, so you can expect us to be full throttle between now and then – then meaning whenever the budget is completed. This week, it became clear in...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) received a great deal of attention this past week in Washington. The House held numerous hearings on implementation issues, including oversight of access to care for ACA enrollees and improper...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

Affordable Care Act (ACA) action on Capitol Hill this past week centered on investigations into improper ACA subsidy payments, a potential constitutional amendment proposal, and support for an appeal of the ACA in favor of a...more

Health Insurance Coverage for the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Womble Carlyle Government Relations lobbied successfully to gain coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder under the NC State Health Plan...more

Five Health Policy Issues to Watch in 2014

As we head into the mid-term election cycle, the ongoing implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to consume the nation’s healthcare industry and political leaders in 2014. On the...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-07

In This Issue: - Federal Government - Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - New Brunswick - Newfoundland - Northwest Territories - Nova Scotia - Nunavut - Ontario - Prince Edward...more

ACA’s Deductible Limits for Small Groups Repealed

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The primary purpose of the law is to provide a one-year delay of a 24% reduction in payment rates for physicians who participate...more

Congress Passes Rare Bipartisan Amendment To Obamacare

There is not a lot that Democrats and Republicans can agree on with respect to Obamacare, but on April 1, 2014 the President signed into law a Medicare bill which had a provision tucked inside that will bring some important...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - March 13, 2014

This week President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal, which provides useful information on his priorities for the year but, as is normally the case, is not likely to gain much traction; the administration...more

Health Care Update - March 10, 2014

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Healthcare News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 10, 2014

Last week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in which it projected a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent hours worked; the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means,...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 24, 2014

In a high-stake but relatively uneventful series of negotiations, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through September, averting another government shutdown. Also over the past week,...more

Health Care Reform Update -- January 21, 2014

In this issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from Implementation of the...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 3, 2014

The new year kicked off this week with all eyes watching not only Winter Storm Hercules, but also how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage will work. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),...more

Health Care Reform Update -- November 25, 2013

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

Health Care Reform Update -- November 18, 2013

In This Issue: 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

To Decrease Medicaid Spending (Without Decreasing Medicaid Recipients’ Services), Drastic Administrative Cuts Are Needed

It is indisputable that reigning in Medicaid costs is one of this administration’s top priorities. And, I agree, reigning in Medicaid costs should be a top priority. In fiscal year 2011, it is estimated that Medicaid...more

Obamacare Chaos: Two Lessons for Employers

Dysfunctional websites. Low enrollment numbers. Public outrage over cancelled health policies. Mea cuplas. A presidential administrative “fix.” Competing Congressional solutions. Finger pointing. It’s enough to make...more

Health Insurance Premium Regulation Bid Draws Criticism

Barger & Wolen partners Richard De La Mora and Richard Hopkins were both quoted in a Nov. 14, 2013, Daily Journal article, Hospital insurance premium regulations bid draws criticism, about a proposed ballot initiative...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - The House will take another turn this week on hearings related to health care reform implementation with a focus on the Healthcare.gov website troubles. The House is also planning a vote on H.R....more

Health Care Reform Update -- November 12, 2013

In This Issue: 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

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - November 5, 2013

Criticism of the Affordable Care Act’s exchange rollout continued this past week. The main line of attack has moved from the malfunctioning website to canceled plans despite President Obama’s repeated promise that those who...more

Health Care Reform Update -- November 5, 2013

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

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