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Health Care Reform Update – American Health Care Act Shelved

The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the legislation intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), was shelved on Friday, March 24, 2017, ending for now efforts to repeal the ACA. The AHCA, described in...more

Will the Trumpcare fiasco mean that health care is finally accepted as a right?

A GOP assault on American health care has been turned aside, for now. But major questions have been exposed that will need answering if we as a country are ever to come together over health care. Do we recognize that health...more

Healthcare Law Update: March 2017

Enforcement - OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Allowing Free or Reduced-Cost Lodging and Meals - On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued...more

Future of the Affordable Care Act and the American Health Care Act

This week, in their “Future of the Affordable Care Act” series on our Employment Matters blog, my colleagues Alden Bianchi and Edward Lenz provided an analysis of the major provisions of the American Health Care Act...more

Perspectives for Employers on the Proposal for Health Reform About to Be Voted on in the House

Congress is scheduled to vote on the revised proposal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (the ”ACA”). This bill is currently called the American Health Care Act of 2017 (the “2017 Bill”). It is important to...more

Wyden’s C-THRU Act – Publicizing PBM Rebate Data

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) introduced the “Creating Transparency to Have Drug Rebates Unlocked (C-THRU) Act of 2017.” As its name suggests, it seeks to require parties (e.g., PBMs)...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 7: The American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, after years of promising, GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), the first concrete legislative proposal detailing the initial provisions designed to...more

The Transition to Value-Based Health Care: A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days

“A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days,” the inaugural segment of our value-based health care teleconference series, was hosted by Thomas Bulleit, who heads the Ropes & Gray health care practice in the...more

Healthcare Reform: Where is it Heading?

While there have been several reports about the prospects of the American Health Care Act (“AHCA,” “Trumpcare” or “Ryancare,” depending on who you ask), please be mindful that in 2009-10, many people thought the Affordable...more

Trumpcare’s numbers don’t add up (except for the wealthy)

After seven years, many dozens of repeal votes in Congress, and with the health of hundreds of millions of Americans at stake, can it be that the GOP’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act will come down to numbers?...more

Payor/Provider Convergence: Joint Venture Health Plans

Health Plans and health care providers are getting into each other’s business. This payor/provider convergence has taken different forms. Health systems have ventured into the health insurance business by acquiring or...more

Is Obamacare Lite Really Less Calories? What Employers Need to Know

As predicted, Congress is taking action to repeal and/or alter major sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). To get the process started, various committees in the United States House of...more

ACA Brief: Path to Repeal—The American Health Care Act Unveiled

This ACA Brief is the fourth in a series of installments that will closely track congressional and administrative actions relating to ACA provisions that affect large employer-sponsored plans. On March 6, 2017, the U.S....more

Obamacare Replacement Would Repeal Medical Device Tax

Republican lawmakers recently proposed a replacement of Obamacare known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). One provision of the proposed legislation would permanently repeal Obamacare’s 2.3% medical device excise tax. ...more

Trumpcare’s hit on the poor also would steal benefits from the middle-class elderly

Republicans have long fumed about the federal government’s role in health care, ever since Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor were both passed in 1965. Now, though, we’re at a crossroads, where a frontal...more

21st Century Cures Act overrules IRS guidance on HRAs, enhances enforcement of Mental Health Parity Act

The 21st Century Cures Act (CCA), which passed with strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and the Senate in early December, was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016... Originally...more

Reversing Robin Hood, Trumpcare would take from the poor, give to the rich

The president and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill already have rammed through two U.S. House committees a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. But to paraphrase a best-seller’s title, those who...more

Key Provisions of the American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled two bills that aim to repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bills, collectively called the American Health...more

House Committees Reveal Draft of Bill to Modify and Repeal Portions of the Affordable Care Act

On Monday, two House committees with oversight over health care and taxation, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, released draft reconciliation bills designed to repeal and alter significant portions of the Patient...more

American Health Care Act – Key Takeaways for Employers and Plan Sponsors

On March 6, 2017, the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee released budget reconciliation recommendations that will, after mark-up beginning on March 8th, form the American...more

The House’s American Health Care Act: Rearranging the ACA Furniture or Rebuilding the Room?

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the two House committees with primary jurisdiction over matters at the core of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) each released a committee print that the committees say will, combined, become the House...more

House Judiciary Committee Advances Medical Liability, Insurance Antitrust Reform Bills

The House Judiciary Committee has approved HR 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017.” The bill includes a variety of medical liability reforms, including a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages, limits on contingency...more

Is Obamacare About to Get Trumped? - House Republicans Propose to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Earlier this week, on March 6, 2017, House Republicans released their proposals to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare." The proposals would remove the...more

From the Pens of House Republican Leadership: The American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, House Republican leadership proposed the American Health Care Act, which repeals and replaces certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The American Health Care Act emerges from budget reconciliation...more

Introducing the American Health Care Act! Wait! … Not so fast!

The House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee (the two congressional committees having primary responsibility for health care legislation) released draft legislation for repealing and replacing...more

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