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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

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2017 #4

The ACA reduced uninsurance among veterans by 40%; Marketplaces showed signs of stabilizing in 2016; and some states are giving insurers more time to make decisions about offering coverage on the Marketplace next year in...more

CMS Aims to Stabilize Exchanges but Does Not Address Issuers’ Biggest Questions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

CMS recently released a final rule with the goal of stabilizing Exchange markets for 2018. The agency also issued several significant guidance documents where CMS extended the deadlines for 2018 rate and Exchange qualified...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

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Recess Ends, Budget Negotiations Begin

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature returned from its break Tuesday, April 18 with five weeks to complete their work before May 22, the constitutionally mandated adjournment date. Most of the week was spent appointing conferees for...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

Calif. cities lift medical marijuana delivery ban: Is L.A. Next?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted Jan. 1, 2016, California authorized the delivery of medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries to qualified patients but allowed municipalities to ban such...more

Health Update - April 2017

CMS Issues Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law Violations - On March 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP) for disclosing...more

How Will the Trump Administration Impact Healthcare Litigation?

Editor's Note: In a dramatic conclusion to the heated debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill was withdrawn after it became clear that House leadership did not have enough votes to pass it. There is...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Market Stabilization Rule: Assessing the Trump Administration's First ACA Market-Related Regulation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its Marketplace Stabilization Rule. This is the first Trump administration regulation that applies to the health insurance markets remade by...more

Wisconsin Releases Draft Waiver Amendment Proposing New Eligibility Requirements

On April 19, 2017, Wisconsin released for public comment a proposed amendment to its BadgerCare Reform Section 1115 demonstration. BadgerCare Reform currently provides coverage to approximately 150,000 childless adults ages...more

Office of Management and Budget Offers Guidance on Executive Order Aimed at Reducing Regulation

by King & Spalding on

On April 5, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum that outlines the proper procedures for agencies to comply with Executive Order (EO) 13771. EO 13771 was issued on January 30, 2017 with goals...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

by Genova Burns LLC on

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

Efforts to Revive American Health Care Act (AHCA) Stall Before Recess

by King & Spalding on

Last week, prior to departing Washington, D.C. for a two week congressional recess, House Republicans and the Trump Administration worked to come to an agreement on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation to repeal...more

What Does the Cures Act Really Mean for Patients?

When signed by President Obama last December, the 21st Century Cures Act—which was the culmination of seven revisions written after the House of Representatives first introduced it in January 2015—was applauded by some as a...more

Appeal for Legislative Action to Address REMS Concerns

by Goodwin on

Last month, during the Biosimilar and Generics User Fee Acts (BsUFA II and GDUFA II) reauthorization hearing, a subject of considerable discussion was Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS). REMS is a provision...more

Business Tax Reform – the Current State of Play

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Donald J. Trump campaigned on a platform of large tax cuts for businesses. With President Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and Senate, does it mean businesses...more

Update #7: ACA Market Stabilization Rules Finalized; Cost-Sharing Next Hurdle

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Trump Administration has issued final market stabilization rules designed to keep insurers in the individual health insurance Marketplaces. The rules are virtually the same as the proposed rules described in our Update...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - It was a busy week in Harrisburg with both chambers in session at the same time in over a month. Monday wasn’t a voting session day, but the House Aging and Older Adult Services, House Health, and...more

Tort Reform Bill to Narrow Definition of Employee in Medical Negligence Actions

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

SB 237 is a bill designed to limit the liability of hospitals and other healthcare providers for the actions or omissions of those who are not within a narrow definition of “employee.” SB 237 is designed as a legislative fix...more

ML Strategies Alert - FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

Affordable Care Act’s Link to the Administration’s Plans for Tax Reform

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On March 24, 2017 the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) was cancelled when it became clear there were not enough Republican votes to move it past the House of Representatives....more

New State Substitution Laws, and a Busy Spring for Biosimilars

We recently updated our chart that tracks state biosimilar substitution laws to include new laws in Iowa and Montana. These new laws bring the total number of states with biosimilar substitution laws to 27, plus Puerto Rico....more

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