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Senate to Vote on Motion to Proceed to Debate Healthcare Reform

by King & Spalding on

Following a week in which Senate Republican healthcare reform plans shifted from Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace, to repeal only, to uncertain, the Senate is expected to vote tomorrow, July 25, 2017, on a motion...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Senate Republicans face a key procedural vote this week that would allow for debate of their healthcare legislation, but significant uncertainty remains about whether GOP senators can meet that procedural hurdle, what the...more

Trump Administration Policy Statement Calls for FDA Premarketing Activities to be Funded Entirely by Industry Fees

by Knobbe Martens on

The Trump White House released a Statement of Administration Policy on Wednesday in response to the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2430, a bill that would reauthorize the use of four FDA user fee programs: the...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017 #3

We head into the last week of July with the Findings of the Senate Parliamentarian in hand, who ruled late Friday that several provisions in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) released on June 26th would be subject to...more

Special Edition: Key BCRA Policy Concerns

Congressional action on repeal and replace took a number of significant turns in the past few days, and next steps still remain uncertain. On Monday evening, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) joined Senators...more

As Trumpcare founders, GOP offers harsh paths for government on health

The Republicans haven’t waved a white flag—yet. They may never formally surrender. But the GOP’s seven-year, take-no-prisoners campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has foundered. For good?...more

Medical Marijuana 101: The State of the Law in NY

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This blog post will be the first in a series of articles discussing the current state of the law in New York regarding medical marijuana. There’s no denying that one of the hottest topics in health care law these days is...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 18

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Senate Appropriations Committee Did Three Things This Week: Marked up the FY2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, a measure to fund the nation’s priorities for energy development, research, and water...more

House Passes FDA Reauthorization Act; Would Reauthorize Key User Fee Programs and Lengthen Medical Device Malfunction Reporting...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives (the House) passed by voice vote the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA or the Act). Introduced on May 16, 2017 by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden...more

Texas Breaks Telemedicine Gridlock

by Bryan Cave on

For the past seven years, the permissible use of telemedicine[1] in the Texas healthcare industry has been uncertain, at best. But certainty finally came at around noon on July 17, 2017 when the General Counsel of the Texas...more

Senate Timing Uncertain on Revised Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by King & Spalding on

On July 13, 2017, the Senate released its revised Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), along with updated summaries (Titles I and II, and Title III) of the...more

Surprise Opposition Sinks the Better Care Reconciliation Act; New Vote on "Repeal-and-Delay" Uncertain to Advance

by Baker Donelson on

On Monday evening, July 17, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) issued joint statements in opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate Republicans' companion bill to the House-passed...more

Don’t give medical device makers more time before disclosing product woes

Pro-business and anti-consumer lawmakers in Congress are racing to slacken rules for medical device makers to report problems with their products. This move may imperil more patients, many of whom already have been harmed...more

A New Hurdle for Medical Malpractice Claimants: Legislation Establishing Medical Review Panels Takes Effect in Kentucky

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a step toward tort reform, on June 29, 2017, Senate Bill 4 was signed into law and went into effect in Kentucky as KRS 216C.005 et seq., establishing a requirement that all potential medical malpractice lawsuits first be...more

Issue 111: Is Health Care Reform DOA?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Republican’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may be dead on arrival. The defection of a total of four Senators from support of BCRA 2.0 means that bill has no chance of passage. ...more

Part VIII: BCRA – What Is Dead May Never Die

In Part VII of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we described the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (“BCRA”), the Senate GOP’s latest Obamacare repeal and...more

The End … of Act II

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The hero has disappeared in a cloud of suspicion and is presumed dead, so much so that supposed friends are found to be celebrating his passing. This is just as it should be at the end of Act II. Remember when Republicans...more

Senate Unveils Changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: Significant Changes, but Uncertainty Remains

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13th, the Senate released the updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. While the new version makes some significant changes to the original Senate proposal, the major components of the...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Delayed Senate Health Vote Boon to GOP or Just Prolonging the Inevitable? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement that he would delay a key procedural vote scheduled for this week on the Republicans’...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 7

All eyes are on the Senate at the moment as efforts to round-up support for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) continue. Developments over the past week are summarized below....more

Six Questions and Answers About CMS’ Recommended Changes to 340B Medicare Reimbursement

In March, I posted about the Uncertain Future of the 340B Drug Discount Program.  When opining about What Could Happen Next I speculated about possible changes to government reimbursement for 340B drugs “so that government...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017 #2

Welcome back everybody. The absence of Senator John McCain (AZ) – who is recovering at home from a craniotomy – has caused Senate Republicans to delay consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) previously...more

Public Act 17-241 — An Act Concerning Fairness in Pharmacy and Pharmacy Benefits Manager Contracts

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law Public Act 17-241 (PA 17-241), which contains provisions concerning facility fees, the sending and receiving of electronic health records between hospitals and...more

Senate Health Care Bill 2.0: Implications for Health Care Stakeholders

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The new version of the Senate Republicans’ draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), was released July 13. This second pass includes changes meant to...more

Issue 110: Senate Efforts at Health Care Reform

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The epicenter of the health care repeal and replace effort has moved from the House of Representatives to the Senate. After several weeks of drafting behind closed doors, the Senate introduced the Better...more

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