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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

Wyden’s C-THRU Act – Publicizing PBM Rebate Data

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) introduced the “Creating Transparency to Have Drug Rebates Unlocked (C-THRU) Act of 2017.” As its name suggests, it seeks to require parties (e.g., PBMs)...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 7: The American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, after years of promising, GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), the first concrete legislative proposal detailing the initial provisions designed to...more

The Transition to Value-Based Health Care: A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

“A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days,” the inaugural segment of our value-based health care teleconference series, was hosted by Thomas Bulleit, who heads the Ropes & Gray health care practice in the...more

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