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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

President Trump acts to make changes to the Affordable Care Act

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President Trump acts to make changes to the Affordable Care Act - Acting on his promise, communicated in a tweet earlier this week, that "since Congress can't get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power...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

Nevada Securities Act Amendments – What’s Next?

by Carlton Fields on

Over the summer, much was written about amendments to the Nevada Securities Act provisions governing financial planners, which became effective July 1, after being signed by the Governor on June 2....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

Politicians pushing Michigan No Fault reform got $250K from insurance industry

by Michigan Auto Law on

Campaign contribution data shows House Insurance Committee Republicans who favor No Fault car insurance reform have received $253,075 from insurance industry...more

Delaware Governor Signs Law Creating Streamlined And Inexpensive Regulatory Regime For Dormant Captive Insurance Companies

by Carlton Fields on

The bill defines a dormant captive insurance company as one that (1) did not contract for any direct premium or reinsurance premium for a full calendar year, (2) is not obligated as an insurance company under any contract of...more

US-EU Covered Agreement: An Overview

On January 13, 2017, the then-US Secretary of the Treasury and the then-US Trade Representative (USTR) notified Congress that they had negotiated a covered agreement with the European Union (EU). After a period of uncertainty...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

Duggan, Leonard Michigan No Fault PIP Cap is $25K — not the $250K they promise

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Repeat after me: There is no $250,000 cap on No Fault car insurance under Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s and Tom Leonard’s new No Fault reform plan that was announced yesterday....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

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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

New Jersey Enacts Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Law

by Carlton Fields on

On September 13, New Jersey became the latest state to enact legislation governing unclaimed life insurance benefits. Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed New Jersey Assembly Bill 2511 into law as P.L.2017, s.236 (the “Act”), which...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

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017 #4

“Zombie” ACA Repeal-and-Replace Effort Suddenly Resuscitated. Opponents of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace efforts no doubt forgot the vitally important “double tap” rule, and now the zombie legislative effort is...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

Assignment of Benefits Legislation in Florida

by Carlton Fields on

The practice known as the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) is a big problem for Florida property insurers. AOBs have been driving up the cost of property insurance claims in the state for several years....more

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