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Budget Season: It’s Over, But Not…

The General Appropriations bill was passed on time, with the fiscal code bill quickly following in early July. However, in what was one long hot summer week, both bills sat unsigned on the governor’s desk for the better part...more

Health Care Update - July 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on Veteran Affairs Bill - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

In recent months, a federal political issue has developed regarding undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States. This week, it was revealed that this issue touches on Maine, when Governor LePage was notified by...more

Womble Legislative Update

Three and a half weeks into the new state fiscal year we have no newly adjusted budget, and the passage of important bills has slowed to a trickle, but there's a distinct uptick in hostage-taking of bills....more

Dueling Districts on Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? In two highly technical and comprehensive rulings out July 22, 2014, two federal districts came to opposite conclusions on a key remaining challenge to...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - July 2014: The Senate was busy this week with the Rules committee meeting Tuesday,...

This Week - The Senate was busy this week with the Rules committee meeting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to push last minute legislative priorities through the chamber as lawmakers continue to creep towards...more

Congress Sends Mixed Messages to Health Care Providers

Recent federal health care legislation sent mixed signals to health care providers. Pursuant to HR 4302, signed by President Obama on April 2, planned Medicare reimbursement cuts of 24 percent and the implementation of a...more

Doctors' Headaches

Despite optimism early this week over a Senate budget conference position proposal that made serious concessions to the House budget position, we are at a new stalemate Friday....more

Legislative Hostage -Taking/Legislative Update

This has certainly been the week of legislative hostage-taking, unhappy people and bad feelings. Although the Senate made a mid-week budget offer to the House that looked promising to us, the House's lack of enthusiasm...more

ML Strategies FY2015 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Patrick Issues Vetoes, Signs Budget

On Friday, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a $36.5 billion state budget for FY2015, which is nearly $10 billion larger than the budget he proposed back in January 2014. Before signing off on his eighth and final annual...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Legislative Activity - House Commerce SUBCommittees Will Hold Hearing ON 21st Century Technology for 21st Century Cures - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Communications and Technology and Health...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - On Monday, July 14, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce began to mark up a selection of health-related bills: H.R. 4771, Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act; H.R. 4250, Sunscreen...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-13

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

Health Care Update - July 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Obama Administration Ramps up Efforts to Reduce Medicaid Spending - Senators Press Gilead on Sovaldi - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory...more

How Employers Fared With the Supremes This Term and What the Future May Hold

During its recently concluded 2013 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two labor and employment cases, three constitutional or quasi-constitutional cases that impact labor and employment concerns, and one tax...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - July 2014: A week that began looking like it would be somewhat uneventful became very...

Last Week - A week that began looking like it would be somewhat uneventful became very interesting as budget writers met publicly Tuesday and Wednesday in an attempt to further negotiate the budget differences between...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - July 2014

On June 30, in one of the most highly anticipated cases affecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Supreme Court ruled that closely held companies could assert a “religious objection” to the ACA contraceptive coverage...more

Got A Complaint About RAC Audits? Get In Line

Criticism of the RAC (recovery audit contractor) program is becoming a national pastime. Needless to say, hospitals hated the program from the very beginning. And little wonder. The program pays private contractors a...more

Supreme Court Issues Decisions that Change Employment Law Landscape

The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its 2013 session by handing down three decisions that may significantly affect recent controversial rulings by the National Labor Relations Board, Affordable Care Act mandates on employer...more

Taking A Look At Significant Environmental Legislation This Session:

SB 38 – Amend Environmental Laws started as Emergency Management Amendments. The House added environmental amendments. The House sent the bill back to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate Clerk’s Office is holding the bill...more

Health Care Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - E&C continues to push for bipartisan efforts to improve drug pipeline - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - July 2014: As budget hostility between the chambers seemingly settled down Wednesday...

This Week - As budget hostility between the chambers seemingly settled down Wednesday afternoon, the eerie end-of-session feeling began to loom the halls of the General Assembly. Earlier in the week, Senate Pro-Tem...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 27, 2014: As the legislature begins to wind down, nearing adjounrment, tension seems...

Waning Days - As the legislature begins to wind down, nearing adjournment, tension seems to just be getting wound up. Disagreements have been prevalent between the House and the Senate over Medicaid, teacher pay, Common...more

Health and Safety Regulatory Reform (SB493) currently sleeps in Senate Ways and Means

Senate Bill 493 - Health and Safety Regulatory Reform is now resting comfortably in the Senate Ways and Means Committee; a committee with just three members and just six bills. It appears to be a safe house for bills taken...more

Insider Trading Gets Political: Trading on Political Intelligence

Some things are better left unsaid. Especially, it seems, when they involve political intelligence shared by a congressional aide with a lobbyist linked to a political intelligence firm serving Wall Street traders....more

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