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FY 2018 President’s Budget May Signal Challenges for Health Programs on the Horizon

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Eric Zimmerman, along with McDermott+Consulting Vice Presidents Adaeze Enekwechi and Piper Su, wrote this +Insights publication detailing the possible effects of the Trump Administration's 2018 budget on health programs and...more

CBO Score of Final House Bill Reveals Threats to Insurance Market Stability

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on May 24 released its much-anticipated score of the House Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), officially known as H.R. 1628, the American Health Care...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 2

Below are key health care reform developments from the week of May 15th: ACA Repeal Efforts. Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue despite slowing down as the House of Representatives’...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Ways and Means Budget

On May 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.791 billion FY2018 budget. The budget, which increases spending by 3.3% over FY2017 levels, spends $280 million more than Governor Charlie...more

Outlook 2017 Teleconference: Revisiting the Trump Administration’s Impact on Life Sciences and Health Care—the First 100 Days

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Tuesday, May 2, Ropes & Gray hosted a teleconference, “Outlook 2017 Teleconference: Revisiting the Trump Administration’s Impact on Life Sciences and Health Care – the First 100 Days,” on the potential regulatory and...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017 #4

The President's budget proposes over $600 billion in Medicaid cuts on top of major reductions anticipated in repeal and replace legislation; the Trump Administration asks the Court for more time to decide on cost-sharing...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Congress’s official budget scorekeepers this week will release analysis of the House-approved bill repealing most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that data will inform Senate Republicans on a path for passing their...more

CMS Urged To Reverse Obama-Era Biosimilar Reimbursement Policy

A bipartisan congressional effort is underway to convince CMS to reverse its biosimilar reimbursement policy implemented under the Obama administration. We discussed the current reimbursement policy in a March 2016 blog post...more

Congress members buy, sell sector stocks even as they make health care law

The U.S. Congress, based on its members’ legally required financial disclosures, fares far better than most. Senators and representatives are worth a net $1 million on average. But is it seemly for so many of our crucial...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – May 2017

We are half way through May – are we having fun yet? There is a lot of activity this week in addition to ongoing talks in the Senate regarding their version of the American Health Care Act. The reauthorization of FDA User...more

GOP in D.C. Shaping Up as the Major Problem for Charlie Baker

by PretiFlaherty on

Charlie Baker sent a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate this past Friday, an ominous document concerning matters with the potential to cause enormous harm in Massachusetts: federal cost sharing reduction payments, and...more

Key Tax Changes in the American Health Care Act

by Dickinson Wright on

The American Health Care Act ("AHCA"), passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, repeals many of the taxes added by the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") and makes changes to other tax rules. Some of the notable...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Spokesperson Says Governor Paul LePage Will Not Seek Senator King’s U.S. Senate Seat - A...more

White House wants to inflict pain on the poor to force Democrats to bargain on health care

The Trump Administration raised major weekend alarms among some of the biggest players in health care with the president’s reported willingness to try a risky gambit by cutting off crucial federal subsidies to help millions...more

NC Legislative Update: May 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Following the passage of the Senate budget proposal last week, the Senate had a fairly light calendar this week. The House continued to work while House budget writers draft their own budget proposal. The...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 9

by Clark Hill PLC on

Agriculture - Lawmakers to Introduce Organic Research Funding Bill: A bipartisan trio of House lawmakers were set to introduce legislation late May 16 that would boost Department of Agriculture funding for research into...more

Washington, D.C. Update – May 2017

by Baker Donelson on

April saw the debate in Congress heat up as Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed for a seat on the Supreme Court, House Republicans suspended, restarted and then ultimately succeeded in their effort to repeal and replace the...more

News from Second and State

This week’s big news is not from the General Assembly, but from the Commonwealth’s judicial branch. Candidates in party primary elections squared off on Tuesday for a shot to run for positions on the Commonwealth, Superior...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Legislation reauthorizing FDA user fees for prescription and generic drugs, biosimilars, and medical devices won wide bipartisan approval last week in a Senate committee, teeing up approval by the full Senate, likely after...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections Update- Phil Weiser Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General- Phil Weiser has formally registered his candidacy to become Colorado AG. Weiser, a Democrat, is the first candidate to formally...more

User Fee Reauthorization Bill Includes Legislation Proposed to Improve Medical Device Regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP Committee) advanced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S. 934), by a vote of 21–2. Please see full...more

How Will the Appointment of a Special Counsel Affect the Administration's Regulatory Agenda?

by Mark Mansour on

The news of the the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to be investigate the Russia-Trump connection rocked Washington. The immediate concern was how the White House would surmount the distraction and where all...more

House Republicans Make a Second Attempt at Passing the AHCA Repeal Legislation

by King & Spalding on

Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), a co-chair of the moderate House Republican Tuesday Group, in consultation with Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, proposed an amendment to...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017 #3

Governors pen bipartisan letter to Congress urging five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); new analyses find Medicaid funding cuts under the AHCA would disproportionately affect...more

FDA User Fee Legislation Moves Forward in Senate with Multiple Policy Riders On-Board

On May 11, 2017, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee voted in support of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, or FDARA, now formally moving through the legislative process as S. 934. The committee...more

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