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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Repeals ACA Automatic Enrollment Provision

Despite a marked lack of success for efforts in Congress and through the courts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) completely, or substantially interrupt its implementation, the Bipartisan...more

Washington, D.C. Update – November 2015

In the final week of October, congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement on a wide variety of measures to "clean the barn" for Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) successor. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015...more

RIP, Automatic Enrollment

Sixty-seven months ago, Congress ordered employers of 200 or more full-time employees to switch from opt-in to opt-out enrollment. See 29 U.S.C. § 218a. But the enforcement agencies could not write a rule that did more good...more

Bipartisan Budget Deal Includes Provisions Impacting Employers

On Monday, President Obama signed into law a two-year bipartisan budget deal that has several implications for employers. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) suspends the debt ceiling limit until March 2017, and...more

House Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill with ACA Mandate, Tax Repeal Provisions

On October 23, 2015, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3762, budget “reconciliation” legislation that includes provisions to repeal of four provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the legislation...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

New Legislation Extends Future Form 5500 and 990 Deadlines, Affects Veterans Health Benefits and Extends Excess Pension Asset...

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, temporarily extending the Highway Trust Fund to provide continued funding for federal transportation...more

Issue 94: PACE Act Signed into Law

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

President Obama Signs ACA Change Into Law

While Republican efforts to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process have garnered attention, Congress's recent passage of a bipartisan bill making targeted changes to the law...more

Effective Immediately: California Urgency Legislation Confirms Second Meal Period Waiver for Healthcare Workers

Senate Bill 327 overturns Gerard v. Orange Coast Medical Center, confirming that healthcare workers can waive their second meal period. On October 5, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 327 (SB...more

House Passes Significant ACA Amendment by Voice Vote

With little apparent Democrat opposition, the U.S. House of Representatives on September 28 routinely passed a bill to allow employers of 50 to 100 employees to avoid the ACA’s especially heavy regulation of small group...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

The House went into session at 5 pm on Thursday, to start debate on the budget bill. The House debated the bill for 5 hours. In the end, 9 Democrats voted with 71 Republicans in favor of the budget, Rep. Gale Adcock (D-Wake),...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Senate Bill 534, 2015 Continuing Budget Authority, commonly referred to as a Continuing Resolution (CR), expired Friday at 11:59 pm. It was passed at the end of June with hopes to have a budget agreement by August 14. In...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Employer Mandate Amended In A Highway Funding Bill

This seems to be a trend. ACA amendments with some bipartisan support can get done if they are buried in unrelated legislation. When the President signed H.R. 3236, the ACA employer mandate was amended to promote small...more

Attempts to Force Votes on Employment Bills Fail in Senate

Before the Senate adjourned for the August recess, two Democratic members tried to force the chamber to agree to bring minimum wage, paid sick leave, and flexible scheduling bills to the floor for a vote in the fall. On...more

Massachusetts Legislature Ends Active July with Budget Overrides

After a busy final few weeks of activity, the Massachusetts Legislature departed for its summer recess with a new budget and progress on several priority policy issues. In addition to overriding $97 million in Governor...more

Post Session News

Minimum Wage Hike for Airport Workers - On Monday, the Metropolitan Airports Commission backed a $10 an hour minimum wage for about 2,800 employees of airline subcontractors. Commission members voted 11-4 for...more

Bipartisan Spotlight on Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Fraud Likely to Spur Audits

Potential fraud and abuse in the Medicare Advantage Program (“MA Program”) has become the focus of two senior-ranking Senators on each side of the aisle—Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)—and this attention...more

EEOC Officials Field Pointed Questions During Senate Committee Hearing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement strategies and ligation history came under fire from Republican members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday. During the hearing...more

News from Second and State

This week, each chamber fired its opening salvo in the budget debate, giving us a preview as to what’s likely to be up for discussion come June. In the Senate, it was three quick days of debate on S.B. 1 (Corman, R-Centre), a...more

EEOC Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Employer Wellness Programs

On April 18, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule on the treatment of employer wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The proposed rule amends the ADA...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress Agrees on Budget Framework... FDA Launches Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID)... POTUS Nominates DeSalvo to Serve as Assistant Secretary for Health....more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House and Senate worked diligently last week on several pieces of legislation in order to beat the May 1 crossover date. Legislation passing the originating chamber after May 1 will require the approval of two-thirds of...more

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