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State Pharmaceutical Pricing Disclosure Laws: Old Story, New Refrain

As a veteran of the AWP litigation era, I am struck by the recent state efforts to legislate transparency into pharmaceutical pricing. Multiple states have introduced bills that would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

NC State Government is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR), SB 560, 2015 Continuing Budget Authority. This CR is set to expire at 11:59 pm on August 31, 2015. With less than two weeks before the CR...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #3

Leading the News - Libya: On August 13th, the latest round of the United Nations (U.N.)-facilitated Libyan political dialogue concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. According to the U.N. Support Mission in Libya...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. House District 19 Special Election - On November 3, 2015 the citizens of Sanford can take...more

House Ways and Means Proposes to Turn IME Payments into a Fixed "Pool"

Before leaving for August recess, the House Ways and Means Committee released bill language that would, if passed, turn Medicare indirect medical education (IME) payments into a fixed pool rather than the current system of...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

SB 277 This Time We Got It Right

In a bold legislative move that likely caused Charles Darwin to smile from the great beyond, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277 (“SB 277”) eliminating the Personal Belief Exemption ("PBE") which allowed parents to...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Senate Bill 534, 2015 Continuing Budget Authority, commonly referred to as a Continuing Resolution (CR), expired Friday at 11:59 pm. It was passed at the end of June with hopes to have a budget agreement by August 14. In...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2015 #2

House Report Highlights Cybersecurity Concerns At The Department Of Health and Human Services – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce released a report revealing that five operating divisions at...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #2

Leading the News: Burundi - On August 6th, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue that was suspended last month and...more

Health Care Update - August 2015 #2

Major Medicaid Drug Payment Rule Under OMB Review: Last week a highly anticipated rule that could set the standards for the Medicaid Drug Rebate program arrived at the White House for final review. The Medicaid Outpatient...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Bipartisan Senate Letter Questions HHS and CMS on Details of State ACA Waivers...OMB Is Reviewing Final Medicaid-Covered Outpatient Drug Rule...Delaware Forgoes Transition to State-Based Exchange....more

Womble Carlyle Legislative Update - August 7, 2015

Angel and Laura worried all week about what we could tell you about in our weekly update, but then yesterday happened. Lo and behold this week has written itself. Silly us! New Senate Budget Strategy: truce, sort...more

Employer Mandate Amended In A Highway Funding Bill

This seems to be a trend. ACA amendments with some bipartisan support can get done if they are buried in unrelated legislation. When the President signed H.R. 3236, the ACA employer mandate was amended to promote small...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. A Unanimous Decision - A sequence of events led to the creation of 65 controversial vetoes...more

Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 Proposes Overhaul to America’s Mental Health System

On Tuesday, August 4, Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and Bill Cassidy (R-La) introduced The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015. The bill proposes reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, introduces new grant programs, and enhances the...more

Attempts to Force Votes on Employment Bills Fail in Senate

Before the Senate adjourned for the August recess, two Democratic members tried to force the chamber to agree to bring minimum wage, paid sick leave, and flexible scheduling bills to the floor for a vote in the fall. On...more

Massachusetts Legislature Ends Active July with Budget Overrides

After a busy final few weeks of activity, the Massachusetts Legislature departed for its summer recess with a new budget and progress on several priority policy issues. In addition to overriding $97 million in Governor...more

Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Bipartisan Health Bills

On July 29, 2015, the House Energy & Commerce Committee approved the following bipartisan bills that aim to improve health care for newborns, infants, and children...more

Senate Approves Hospital Outpatient Observation Status “Notice” Act

On July 27, 2015, the Senate approved H.R. 876, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act, clearing the measure for the President. H.R. 876 would require hospitals to provide written and...more

Outpatient Observation Status Bill Sent to President Obama

On July 27, 2015, the Senate approved by unanimous consent the Notice of Observation, Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act, H.R. 876. The NOTICE Act, if signed by President Obama, would amend title...more

President Obama Signs Steve Gleason Act and Independence at Home Act

On July 30, 2015, President Obama signed into law: ..S. 984, “Steve Gleason Act of 2015” – a bill to cover as durable medical equipment eye tracking and gaze interaction accessories for speech generating devices...more

Health Care Update - August 2015

CMS Releases Final Payment Rules (IPPS, IRF, LTCHs, Hospice, and Psych): At the end of last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a set of final 2016 payment rules affecting acute care hospitals...more

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