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Congress Renews Its Battles Over Workplace Rights and Obligations

With Republicans now controlling both houses of Congress, we can expect to see the introduction — or reintroduction — of various pieces of legislation largely designed to advance the agenda of the majority party on issues...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

The release of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s MNSure report this week dominated conversations at the Capitol. Commissioner pay raises were also in the spotlight while Governor Mark Dayton tried to direct attention toward...more

Health Care Update - February 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Open Enrollment Update - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News -...more

The U.S. Complaint Against the Government of China in the WTO, Including the Targeting of Chinese Medical Device Manufacturers

On February 11, 2015, the United States filed a complaint before the World Trade Organization (WTO), alleging that certain actions by the national, regional and local governments of the People’s Republic of China are in...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Hearing Examines ICD-10 Preparedness... HHS Announces Oncology Care Model Initiative... Pennsylvania Governor Abandons Alternative Medicaid Expansion Approach for Traditional Plan....more

21st Century Cures Congressional Panel Unveils Medical Technology Proposals

On January 27, 2015, members of the House Commerce and Energy Committee unveiled a set of legislative proposals aimed at speeding up the development of new medical technology. The 21st Century Cures panel, a bipartisan...more

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2015

HIPAA in the Workplace - In late 2013, the Office of Inspector General issued a report critical of the Office of Civil Rights’ enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. OCR enforcement of...more

What Does President Obama's $215 Million "Precision Medicine Initiative" Mean for Genetic Privacy?

We have all heard about the burgeoning opportunities tied to the development of precision medicine (also called “personalized medicine”), which includes the use of an individual’s genetic information to design targeted...more

Trust and Estate: Passage of The ABLE Act Could Provide Additional Planning Options For Disabled Individuals (2/15)

In late December 2014, President Obama signed into law the "Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014" (known as the ABLE Act). The Act extends the 529 college savings account rules to allow for similar, tax-free "ABLE...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2015 #2

HHS ramps up for the final week of open enrollment. Families buying into CHIP in Pennsylvania are granted tax relief, and though Medicaid expansion efforts seem to have hit a wall in Tennessee and Wyoming, Arkansas assures...more

Medicaid Reform in a House Divided and MCO, ACO…Who Cares?

We are living in the most polarized society in recent American history. A recent study shows that the feeling of political partisanship has more than doubled over the past 2 decades. So since 1995, politically, America has...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: President’s FY2016 Budget Request... FDA Commissioner Hamburg to step down... Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan rejected by legislature. 1. Congress House House Ways and Means Committee Hosts Hearing...more

NC Politics In The News

North Carolina Representatives and Senators gathered in the House chambers last Wednesday evening to receive Governor Pat McCrory’s biennial State of the State Address. Governor McCrory outlined his 2015 agenda, which...more

Week in Review - February 2015

MNsure - In light of issues MNsure has encountered during its first year, Sen. Tony Lourey (D-Kerrick), Senate Health and Human Services Budget Committee Chair, wants more accountability. His bill eliminates the Board...more

News from Second and State

Gov. Wolf continued to make headlines this week, this time with his activities in and around the judiciary. On Wednesday, the governor and newly-appointed–then-promptly-removed Open Records Director Eric Arneson had their day...more

FDA Commisioner Hamburg to Step Down: Ostroff Acting Until New Commissioner Named

On February 5, FDA announced that FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. has reportedly informed agency colleagues via en e-mail that she will step down as Commissioner at the end of March 2015. ...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Millions Affected by Hackers’ Attack on Health Insurer Anthem, Inc. – “Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack,” announced Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s President and CEO. Anthem, Inc., formerly...more

Baker Administration Announces Budget Fix Plan

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced on Tuesday a series of proposals aimed at closing the Commonwealth’s substantial budget gap for Fiscal Year 2015. According to the current administration,...more

President Obama Releases 2016 Budget Proposal Ending Sequester Cuts

On February 2, 2015, President Barack Obama delivered his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal to Congress. The $4.066 trillion budget contains a sequestration replacement plan that would allow a 7%, or $75 billion, increase in...more

Health Care Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - President Obama Releases FY2016 Budget Proposal - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health...more

Obama Administration Releases FY 2016 Budget Proposal with Medicare/Medicaid Provisions

On February 2, 2015, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The budget would impact all types of health care providers, health plans, and drug manufacturers if adopted as...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2015

The President’s budget reveals the healthcare agenda for his Administration’s penultimate year. Medicaid expansion proposals advance in Arkansas and Wyoming; California’s Marketplace reports 9 out of every 10 enrollees remain...more

U.S. Congressional Committees Address Drug And Device Approval

As mentioned on our Health Industry Washington Watch blog, committees in both the House of Representatives and Senate last week addressed the speed at which medical innovations are approved and available for patient use. ...more

Details Emerge for President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Personalized medicine has a friend in high places. President Obama recently announced an initiative to support “precision” or personalized medicine. In very general terms, the President stated during his 2015 State of the...more

2015 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Congressional Outlook - Senate Committees - House Committees - Excerpt from Congressional Outlook: Deadlines, Expirations, and Important Dates in 2015 - As the 114th...more

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