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DOJ Sues to Block Health Plan Mergers

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), joined by attorneys general from several states, filed a lawsuit last Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to block two major mergers between health...more

Projected Decline of Americans Lacking Health Insurance Over Next Decade

The CMS Office of the Actuary recently released a report estimating that the percentage of Americans lacking health insurance will decline over the next decade. The actuary’s office predicts that in 2025, 8 percent of the...more

CMS’ Web Portal: Final Rule 21 CFR § 411.39 Promises Quick and Efficient Conditional Payment Resolution for Those Able to Abide by...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its long-awaited final rule entitled “Medicare Program: Obtaining Final Medicare Secondary Payer Conditional Payment Amounts via Web Portal.” From the outset of...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap, July 2016

Alaska - Legislative Council Drops Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit - The joint legislative council that sued Governor Bill Walker (I) over his executive order expanding Medicaid voted to drop its lawsuit after Superior...more

Recent Developments in Mental Health Benefit Denials

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) requires health plans to provide the same coverage for mental health conditions as they provide for physical conditions, and that financial Requirements and...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2016 #4

CMS’ increase of the “income verification threshold” makes eligibility determinations easier for consumers; Oregon CO-OP policyholders can credit out-of-pocket spending towards new plans; and report finds that 13 million...more

Health Insurance Merger Challenges: Of Antitrust and the Affordable Care Act

The Department of Justice and attorneys general from multiple states last week sued to halt two health insurance mergers, each worth billions of dollars. The challenged deals are Anthem’s planned merger with Cigna and...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It: U.S. Major party platforms address cybersecurity. The two major parties have released their 2016 election platforms, both of which include cybersecurity planks. The Republican platform’s perspective...more

Healthcare Newsletter: Volume 6, Number 1

Recent Developments in Mental Health Benefit Denials - The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) requires health plans to provide the same coverage for mental health conditions as they provide for...more

Insurers Challenge Retroactive Application of New Florida Law that Requires Comparison of Names of Accounts to Death Master File

Amendments to the Florida Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act in 2016 made significant changes to unclaimed property presumptions and insurance company obligations. See § 717.107, Fla. Stat. (2016) (the Act). Among other...more

No Health Insurers Need Apply: Health Plan Can’t Recover Medical Costs From NY No-Fault Insurer

Under no-fault laws, automobile policies typically must cover the cost of certain medical services provided to policyholders who have been injured in covered accidents. New York’s insurance laws also permit those costs to be...more

DOJ Challenges Health Insurance Merger

On July 21, 2016, the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (the “DOJ”) announced that it, along with several state attorneys general, would sue to block two multi-billion dollar health insurance mergers between Aetna and...more

Rhode Island’s New Law Requires Health Plans Cover Telemedicine Services

Rhode Island marks the 31st state to enact a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute. The Telemedicine Coverage Act (HB 7160B) was signed into law by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo on June 28, 2016, representing a...more

DOJ Seeks to Block Two Major Health Insurance Mergers

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing to block two proposed mergers between major health insurance companies, claiming that the deals violate antitrust laws and would lead to increased health care costs for...more

Is There Coverage for The Pill Mill Lawsuits?

In an effort to deal with the terrible epidemic of drug abuse and the human and economic costs of this dilemma, the state of West Virginia has brought lawsuits in several jurisdictions against pharmaceutical companies and...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2016 #3

Massachusetts’s Marketplace eliminates cost-sharing for addiction treatment in subsidized QHPs; Montana cuts its uninsurance rate in half; and a Kaiser report identifies the 50 most costly drugs for Medicaid....more

Paying Employees to Opt Out of Insurance? BEWARE

Seyfarth Synopsis: That “win-win” in contract negotiation wherein employees are paid to opt out of employer insurance has become much more complicated thanks to the IRS. Basically, if bargaining parties do not follow new IRS...more

No More Surprises: Florida Ends Certain Medical Balance Billing

"Surprise medical billing" occurs when a patient receives care at a facility and receives treatment from a provider, such as an anesthesiologist or radiologist, who is not contracted with the patient’s health insurance plan....more

Recent Congressional Hearings

Congressional committees held hearings on a wide variety of on health policy issues this month before going on summer recess. Notable hearings include the following...more

OIG Permits Copayment Coupon Arrangement for Statutorily Non-Covered Drug in Advisory Opinion 16-07

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable Advisory Opinion 16-07 regarding a savings card program (Card Program) under which Medicare Part D...more

CMS Issues Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 7, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017 (Proposed...more

ColoradoCare Stands to Significantly Alter Health Care Services

In November, Colorado voters will cast ballots on Amendment 69, also known as ColoradoCare. ColoradoCare is an ambitious, far-reaching plan to amend the Colorado constitution which would establish a statewide universal...more

Alaska Enacts New Telemedicine Law: What Providers Should Know

Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed SB 74 into law on June 21, 2016, expanding the use of telemedicine in the Last Frontier state. Specifically, SB 74 removes Alaska’s previous in-state presence requirements for prescribing...more

Digital Health: An Improving Environment for Investors

The integration of technology into health care delivery is exploding throughout the health industry landscape. Commentators speculating on the implications of the information revolution’s penetration of the health care...more

New Federal Proposal May Make Health-Related Travel Insurance an Excepted Benefit Under ACA

For companies selling travel insurance products, there is major news out of Washington D.C. The Obama administration is seeking to curb short-term, limited duration health policies, which includes insurance products now...more

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