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Medicaid Fraud Control Units Report Focus on Personal Care Services

by Ruder Ware on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a report summarizing activities of State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs or Units) for fiscal year 2016. The OIG is the...more

Immigration Updates: June 26, 2017

by Miller Canfield on

The United States Supreme Court has allowed portions of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect; citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen may be denied admission to the United States if they lack any...more

Employer Health Insurance Legislation Update: The Better Care Act

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Last week the Senate released draft legislation entitled “The Better Care Act.” aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Below is a summary of the Act and its potential impact on Iowa employers. ...more

Draft Senate Health Bill Finally Revealed—Vote Could Take Place as Early Next Week

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 22, 2017, Republican Senators released a “discussion draft” of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The draft is the first public glimpse at the Senate version of the American Health Care Act bill, which...more

Here We Go Again - The Senate’s Health Reform Bill

by Winstead PC on

Late last week the Senate released its version of a health reform bill (the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” or the “Senate bill”) to fix the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “PPACA”). The Senate Bill...more

Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers in Senate's Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

U.S. Senate Republicans on June 22, 2017, released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The BCRA follows on the heels of the...more

Here Comes the Rain: Employers Offering Mental Health Benefits Should Prepare for More Scrutiny

Employers can expect some challenging information requests about the mental health and substance abuse benefits offered to employees and their dependents through group health plans, if a draft form released by federal...more

Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last November, Florida voters overwhelmingly voted to amend the Florida Constitution to permit the use of medical marijuana. The constitutional amendment went into effect on January 3, 2017, and required regulations to be...more

Senate Begins Discussions of Affordable Care Act Modifications

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Senate Republicans have released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that aims to repeal and replace a number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate bill mirrors many of the terms in the...more

Why Isn’t My “Free” Preventive Health Care Free?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In my opinion, one of the best changes made by the Affordable Care Act is the mandate that requires health plans to provide certain specified preventive services without imposing any cost sharing. This is sometimes referred...more

Senate Republicans Release Bill to "Repeal and Replace" the Affordable Care Act

by Littler on

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). After the House narrowly passed its version of ACA overhaul legislation, the American Health...more

Draft Senate Health Bill Finally Revealed – Vote Could Take Place as Early as Next Week

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 22, 2017, Republican Senators released a “discussion draft” of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The draft is the first public glimpse at the Senate version of the American Health Care Act bill, which...more

Senate Healthcare Bill Released for Public Review

Just over four weeks after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), the bill passed by a narrow margin in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate released ‘The...more

Hull Speed, Codgers, and Pre-Existing Conditions: What Does the Senate Bill Do?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Many other things being equal, the longer the sail boat, the faster it can go before its bow wave defeats further speed increase. However, as any boat approaches its “hull speed,” an increasing amount of energy is required...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 5

The Senate’s health care reform bill was released today, and we will report on that separately. In the meantime, below are key health care reform developments from the week of June 12th....more

Uncompensated "Off-the-Clock" Work Time Nets Call Center Nurses a $6.2 Million Settlement

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Late last year, more than 1,300 "advice nurses" working at call-in centers providing answers to patient health care questions for Kaiser Permanente and Permanente Medical Group filed a class action lawsuit for unpaid wages...more

“But Officer, He Came Out of Nowhere!”

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Lots of wrecks happen because drivers, staring at what’s directly in front of them, are unaware of dangers coming from other directions. This is an ACA blog, so right now we’re staring at the ACA changes being proposed by the...more

Employers Permitted to Modify Retiree Benefits Following Expiration of CBA

In a closely watched case for employers, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently held that retiree healthcare benefits provided in...more

NLRB Rules That Employers Have a Duty to Bargain Over ACA-Mandated Group Health Benefit Changes

On May 16, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision holding an employer has the duty to bargain with a union over changes to a group health plan even though the changes were mandated by the...more

Eating Disorders and Information Requests under the MHPAEA

On June 16, a new FAQ was released and additional steps were taken towards increasing disclosures to participants with respect to mental health/substance abuse benefits. The FAQ confirms that eating disorders are a mental...more

Health Alert (Australia) 19 June 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 9 June 2017 - Health Services Union v St John of God Health Care [2017] FWC 2981 - Alleged dispute arising under an enterprise...more

Employment Law - June 2017 #2

Class Certification Denial Reversed in Wake of Augustus - Why it matters - Applying the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, a California appellate panel reversed a trial...more

Employment Law This Week: NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rules, Layoff Doesn’t Violate FMLA, Plans Exempt from ERISA, Amended...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Legislators Finally Pass a Bill to Implement Florida's Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

On the last day of the Special Session, the Florida Legislature passed a seventy eight-page bill titled an Act relating to medical use of marijuana. While many questions are still left unanswered, there are some takeaways for...more

New Tennessee Law Creates New Duty to Report Healthcare Employees Who Fail Drug Tests

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Governor Haslam has signed a new law affecting health care providers which goes into effect on July 1, 2017. It provides that “any healthcare employer which employs any person required to be licensed, permitted, certified...more

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