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Presidential Memo Authorizing the Exercise of Authority under Public Law 85-804

On November 13, 2014, the President gave the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) authorization to exercise authority under Public Law 85-804, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.), to the same...more

Litigator turned terrorist leads shutdown of US government

What do you call it when an armed gunman puts a gun to the head of an airline pilot and says “take this plane where I want or everyone will die?” What do you call it when a foreign government stores its weapons arsenals next...more

Legislation Introduced in the House Would Amend the False Claims Act

On August 1, 2013, Reps. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) and David Scott (D-Ga.) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House that would amend the federal False Claims Act (FCA) by adding several procedural hurdles that make it more...more

PRIME Act: New Legislation to Curb Health Care Fraud

The United States Senate and House of Representatives recently introduced bipartisan legislation designed to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The legislation, entitled “Preventing and...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 7: Medicaid Reform Takes the Stage as the Battle for Education Continues

As the Alabama Legislature marked the halfway point of the 2013 Regular Session, progress continued to move at a slow pace where repercussions of the Alabama Accountability Act continue to linger in the halls of the...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 3-22-13

In This Issue: - Governor Does Not Act on Veto Threat - Appropriations Committee Continues Public Hearings on Biennial Budget - Governor Explores Medicaid Expansion - Legislature Gets a Snow Day - Governor...more

President Obama Issues Sequestration Order, CMS Has Yet to Publish Implementation Instructions

On March 1, 2013, President Obama issued a sequestration order directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to administer across-the-board cuts to federal spending. Concurrently, OMB issued a report to Congress...more

Healthcare Sector Under Scrutiny: Congressional Oversight of the Affordable Care Act by Daniel F. Donovan and William Clarkson

"I've long maintained that there are three possible routes to repeal of ObamaCare: the courts, the presidential election, and our constitutional responsibility for oversight. With two of them having come up short, the third...more

Extension of Time for Overpayment Recoveries in Fiscal Cliff Law Not as Broad as it Sounds

The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation, i.e., the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act) [PDF], includes a number of provisions addressing Medicare and Medicaid. One of these provisions extends the recovery period...more

Congress Amends the Medicare Secondary Payer Act

On December 31, 2012, Congress sent the Medicare IVIG Access and Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act (“the Act”) of 2012 to President Barack Obama for signature. The Act had strong bipartisan support, passing in...more

How Will the 2012 Election Results Impact Labor, Employment and Benefits Policy?

In the wake of President Obama's win over Governor Mitt Romney, employers can expect an acceleration of the Administration's effort to dramatically alter workplace policy. Republicans hold on to power in the House of...more

California Assembly Votes to Amend State False Claims Act

On August 16, 2012, the California Assembly passed a bill (AB 2492) amending California’s False Claims Act, Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 12650-12656 (“CA FCA”), which must be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The amendments...more

False Claims Act Focus - July 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Although the False Claims Act (FCA) is used most frequently to address allegations of fraud in health care and government procurement, the statute can be used quite effectively in any situation in which...more

Legal Alert: Senate Passes National Defense Authorization Act

On December 15, 2011, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which retains the TRICARE language proposed in the conference report. As you are aware from our previous legal alerts on December 15, 2011...more

Legal Alert Update: Will Congress Exempt Health Care Providers from Affirmative Action Obligations?

On December 14, 2011, the House passed H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included language with respect to exempting TRICARE providers from OFCCP jurisdiction. In our previous legal alert,...more

New York Attorney General Opn. No. 2003-5

Informal Opinion

Members of county water and sewer district boards may not be a flat meeting fee of $50 in lieu of reimbursement for expenses actually and necessarily incurred. The positions of supervisor and county improvement district...more

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