A Moment of Simple Justice - Vaccines
Polsinelli Podcast - Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Consequences for Corporations
Government’s Health Care Fraud “Cash Cow” Keeps Mooing
Investment Management Update- 2014 Election Impact
Trial by Jury: Why It Matters in a Democratic Society
Busy Days For Voting Rights Advocates, Thanks to SCOTUS
Polsinelli Podcast - Republicans Gain Control of the U.S. Senate - How That May Impact Health Reform
Karl Rove's Efforts to "Buy" Courts Harmed America, Says Legendary Attorney
Crisis at the Border Shows Problems in US Immigration Law
Are Criminal Laws the Right Response to Revenge Porn?
Why Does BigLaw Have So Few Black Partners?
Aquila on M&A: Dealmaking is Back
Schoenbrod: SCOTUS Ruling Helps EPA Deal With a "Stupid Statute"
ATL Law School Rankings: All About The Jobs
What Comes Next in Derivatives Regulation?
A More Perfect Union: Why Punish Russia for Crimea?
Only in DC: Ethics Rule Permits Non-lawyers to Own Law Firms
How a Reluctance to Deport Pop Stars Strengthens US Immigration Policy
Law Prof: The Clean Air Act Needs a Reboot
Is Punishment Dead in America?
In This Issue:
- Pathway for Bipartisanship following King v. Burwell
- Federal Regulatory Initiatives
- Congressional Initiatives
- Other Health Care News
- Upcoming Congressional...more
The House voted not to concur with the Senate’s budget proposal Tuesday in a unanimous vote of 112-0, setting off budget negotiations between the two chambers that could last well into the summer. In rejecting the Senate’s...more
Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House.
Legislature Plans Long Day -
Early this past Wednesday morning, the Maine House and Senate...more
This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more
Last week, the House of Representatives voted 280-140 to pass H.R. 160, a bill that eliminates the 2.3 percent medical device tax. The vote was strongly bipartisan with 46 Democrats joining all Republicans voting in favor of...more
The Senate budget process continued this week, though at a slower pace than members had planned for in the schedule released last month. Budget votes originally scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week were delayed...more
After 10 years of budget deficits, the Minnesota Legislature convened in January to set the state’s biennial budget with a projected $1.9 billion surplus. This surplus spurred hope of an orderly session and predictions of tax...more
Following up on the hearing from B. Braun Medical Inc. advocating for the repeal of the medical device tax, according to news sources, more than a dozen House Democrats are pressuring leadership to advance a bill repealing...more
This Week: Health Subcommittee Advances 21st Century Cures, Full Committee Action Scheduled…Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Chair Hatch to Launch New Initiative on Improving Chronic Care for Medicare Patients…Hawaii’s...more
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
It was all hands on deck this week, with two bills to amend the Tax Reform Code on the House voting schedule. These bills, if called up, would have been perfect vehicles for Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed changes to the...more
This Week: House E&C Releases Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures Legislation Ahead of Legislative Hearing... FDA Finalizes Biosimilar Guidance Documents... CMS Updates Wage Index and Payment Rates for the Medicare Hospice...more
With committee deadlines out of the way and the last day of the session approaching, the Minnesota House and Senate went to work this week passing omnibus bills on the floor and appointing conference committee members....more
The Morning Call reports that an executive from B. Braun Medical Inc. has urged federal lawmakers to undo a tax on medical devices. According to the report, Bruce Heugel, the chief financial officer of B. Braun, recently...more
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $9.6 Billion. The total amount that the federal government could save over 10 years under the PTC Elimination Act (H.R. 1901) – a bill that would phase out and repeal the renewable energy production tax...more
This Week: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Explores Post-Acute Bundling…CMS Releases First-ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings…Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Inpatient and Long-term Care Hospital Policy and Payment Changes....more
Crossover is the deadline established by House and Senate Rules by which a House bill must be received by the Senate, and a Senate bill must be received by the House, in order to remain eligible for action for the rest of the...more
The House Republican Omnibus Tax bill (HF848) was released on Monday. The $2 billion tax cut package includes $538 million to pay for a one-time income tax exemption and $450 million to begin phasing-out the...more
Despite making it a priority following the 2014 elections, Congress has not been able to move legislation repealing the medical device tax. However, recent developments show that Congress may finally be making progress....more
Property tax has been the issue of the day for some time now, and this week was no different. Last week, the House Finance Committee held a public hearing on H.B. 860 (Saylor, R-York), a comprehensive property tax reform...more
This week, CMS proposes continued 90% funding for Medicaid eligibility and enrollment system development. Montana is on the verge of becoming the 29th state (plus D.C.) to expand Medicaid eligibility, and Florida Governor...more
On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 the Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin in Johnson v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management, No. 14-2723. Sen. Johnson sought to enjoin the OPM...more
Spring Break Y’all -
For the first time we can recall the House and Senate will take Spring Break next week. The House announced last month it will have Spring Break while the Senate announced it will hold skeletal...more
Many large groups of the general public descended on the General Assembly this week in an attempt to have their voices heard on various issues. One such issue was vaccinations, which resulted in a lot of women walking around...more
With policy committee deadlines out of the way, Minnesota state legislators return this week to focus on passing finance bills, working in conference committees, and putting together a bonding bill. ...more
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