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Department of Veterans Affairs Aims to Trump State Telemedicine Rules

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) is taking a significant step towards expanding needed services to Veterans by proposing a rule to preempt state restrictions on telehealth....more

Medical Cannabis May Lose Protection in Upcoming Spending Bill

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

All eyes in the medical cannabis industry are watching a December deadline faced by Congress. A short-term funding deal signed into law on September 8 by President Donald Trump not only kept the government running, it also...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that ERISA Preempts State Insurance Law Bans on Discretionary Clauses for Self-Funded ERISA Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently confirmed that ERISA preempts state insurance law bans on discretionary clauses for self-funded ERISA plans....more

Ninth Circuit Victory Opens the Door to Medicaid Reimbursement Challenges Based on Equal Access Requirement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Ninth Circuit held August 7 that the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary erred in approving a Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) that cut reimbursement for outpatient hospital services in California by 10%...more

Ninth Circuit Raises Bar for Approving Changes in State Medicaid Reimbursement

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court raised the bar last week for what states must prove to establish that their Medicaid provider reimbursement rates are sufficient to ensure a robust network of providers...more

Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Law and Telemedicine Exams

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Following a special session, the Florida Legislature on June 9, 2017 passed two important bills regarding medical marijuana in the Sunshine State: SB 8A and SB 6A. Together, these bills implement Article X, section 29 of the...more

H.R. 1215: Lawmakers looking out for citizens will vote NO

When you read what I just read, you will have to ask yourself: why is my legislator in favor of House Resolution 1215 (HR 1215)?...more

Out-of-Network Physician’s Claim Against Insurer Not Preempted by ERISA

The Second Circuit concluded that a promissory estoppel claim by an out-of-network provider against an insurer was not completely preempted by ERISA and thus remanded the claim to state court for further proceedings. The...more

Healthcare Law Update: June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Medicaid - Florida's Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act Pre-empted by Federal Law - By Eddie Williams - In Gallardo v. Dudek, Sec. of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, No. 4:16cv116-MW/CAS, 2017 WL...more

Interpreting the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment: A loophole for enforcement?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2013, the U.S. federal government shut down while federal legislators debated about various political issues of the year. However, during that debate, an amendment was added to the final spending bill that stated as...more

Efforts to Shore up MassHealth Should Favor Simplicity and Avoid Potential Conflict with Federal Law

In an effort to make up for a funding shortfall in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, state policymakers have proposed solutions that include a “play-or-pay” option under which employers who fail to offer...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

Supreme Court Applies FAA Preemption to Contract Formation

The Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state law governing contract formation where a state rule discriminates against arbitration, a holding with broad implications for state-court decisions that...more

SCOTUS Reverses KY Nursing Home Arbitration Decision; Refuses To Prioritize Right To Jury Trial

Just as I predicted, SCOTUS reversed the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision in Kindred this morning. The interesting piece, though, is that the seven member majority went out of its way to cut off some of the “on trend”...more

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Vows to Protect Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Laws

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Over the weekend, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro gave the commencement speech to graduates of Penn State Dickinson Law. As part of that speech, he spoke up about states rights, including standing up with other...more

Lack of Specificity May Kill Parallel State Law Product Claims, But Not Fraud Claim

by Cozen O'Connor on

A Michigan district court judge determined last week that product liability claims against an FDA approved medical device manufacturer were preempted by federal law, but allowed the plaintiff’s claim of fraud against the...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

DEA awards Schedule II classification to synthetic THC drug

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 23, 2017, the DEA announced it has scheduled the newly approved synthetic THC-containing drug, Syndros, as a Class II substance. This announcement comes as a surprise to some for a number of reasons, including that...more

Nevada Supreme Court Weighs in Again on the Nevada Constitution’s Minimum Wage Amendment

by Littler on

On March 16, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court issued yet another 6-0 en banc decision regarding the Nevada Constitution’s oft-litigated Minimum Wage Amendment, Nev. Cost. art. XV § 16 (“MWA” or the “Amendment”). The issues...more

AG's latest remarks signal no outright campaign against cannabis yet

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 2, 2017, it seemed as if the U.S. Department of Justice was aiming to crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry in a way not seen since before the previous administration. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White...more

Florida Supreme Court Rejects PSQIA Preemption of Florida Constitution

On January 31, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court held that adverse medical incident reports produced in accordance with Florida law cannot constitute confidential and privileged patient safety work product (PSWP) under the...more

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