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Congress weighs approval for sweeping, $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act

It’s almost 1,000 pages, culminates at least three years of work, and provides a $6.3 billion boost for an array of health-related agencies and initiatives. Will the U.S. Senate join the House in bipartisan passage of the...more

What Employment Law Changes Should We Expect From the Trump Administration? Ask the Magic 8 Ball

If you had asked me one month ago to predict the winner of the presidential election, I would have been wrong. Therefore, rather than make my own [ill-fated] predictions of the changes that await employers when PEOTUS takes...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap - December 2016

Post-Election Reactions and Activity in the States - Arizona: Former Governor Voices Support for Medicaid Expansion - Former Governor Jan Brewer (R), who served from 2009 to 2015, is encouraging President-elect...more

Refined 21st Century Cures Act Passes in House and Heads to Senate Next Week

Yesterday, we reported that the House of Representatives was set to vote on a revised draft of the 21stCentury Cures Act...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

After months of debate and partisan wrangling, the House on Wednesday voted 392-26 to pass the “21st Century Cures” bill designed to accelerate the development of new drugs and medical devices as well as increase federal...more

Florida Amendment 2 Rolls at the Polls: Getting into the Weeds of Medical Marijuana

By an overwhelming 71% of voters saying “yes” to Amendment 2 on Election Day, Floridians successfully made Florida the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana....more

House Files Motion to Delay Affordable Care Act Suit in Light of Change in Administration

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives filed a motion with the D.C. Court of Appeals requesting a temporary hold on briefing in U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell as a result of Donald Trump’s election...more

Navigating the ACA in the Trump Era

On November 8, 2016, the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became more uncertain. Republicans in Congress have been working to repeal the ACA since it was passed in 2010, and now, with control of...more

IRS Grants Extension of ACA Information Reporting Deadline and Provides Good Faith Standards for 2016 Information Reports

The IRS recently issued Notice 2016-70, which extends certain 2017 deadlines for employer information reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health coverage offered to individuals during the 2016 calendar year. The...more

Update on Medical Marijuana Regulation in Florida

Although there is little clarity regarding medical marijuana regulation in Florida, Amendment 2’s approval and corresponding upcoming legislation suggest that more companies will likely be permitted to grow, process, and sell...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2016 #5

The incoming Trump Administration selects HHS and CMS leadership; Alaska moves forward with its proposed 1332 waiver for its ACA reinsurance program; and a new Manatt Health report considers the role of Medicaid supplemental...more

10 Things You Need to Know About Health Care Bankruptcies in 2017

The coming year will likely continue to be a tumultuous year for health care providers, suppliers, and payers, as they adapt to meet new challenges and market forces, particularly in light of the open questions as to the...more

Could Possible Healthcare Repeal Efforts Extend to Physician Payments Under Medicare?

Now that the 2016 presidential election is over, many patients are asking whether Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or parts of the legislation. Yet, many doctors are asking (or should be asking) whether...more

White Collar Crime Law Enforcement in a Trump Justice Department - 8 Predictions

After a conventional presidential campaign, determining the policy priorities and direction of the incoming administration with respect to the Justice Department’s white collar law enforcement responsibilities can be a...more

The Future of the Medicare Part B Payment Demo under a Republican-held Congress

There has been much controversy over the Medicare Part B payment demonstration proposed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in March 2016. As we await the release of the final rule, the fate of this...more

What Could Reconciliation Mean for Medicaid: Reviewing HR 3762

President-elect Trump and leaders in Congress have proposed a major restructuring of the Medicaid program, but very significant changes to Medicaid coverage and financing could be adopted even before that debate begins as...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act (Week 1): Assessing the New Normal

The Affordable Care Act was—at least until the election of Donald J. Trump as President—the single most important piece of Federal social legislation in the United States in more than a generation. The law’s fate is now...more

MACRA Final Rule and Post-Election Questions

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the October 14, 2016 final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that implemented it (the Rule) brought a clear end to the plagued...more

Washington, D.C. Update – November 2016

Defying all prognostications and polling, Donald J. Trump is President-elect of the United States. Fueled by his surprising strength in the industrial Midwest, Donald Trump was able to capture states that had voted Democrat...more

Making the Sausage: Medicaid Block Grants in the 115th Congress

Republicans have been talking about remodeling the Medicaid program through block grants or per capita caps for years. Both block grants and per capita caps are designed to limit federal spending by providing a state with a...more

Be wary of counterfactual assertions about Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid

As speculation explodes about what the GOP and the president-elect will or won’t do with the Affordable Health Care Act (aka Obamacare), Medicare, and Medicaid, skeptical citizens would be well-served to learn as much as they...more

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

CMS releases a wave of new regulations and guidance for Medicaid and CHIP; Michigan receives CMS approval for a lead abatement initiative; and Utah continues to push for its limited expansion of Medicaid coverage....more

House v. Burwell: Now or Never?

Attorneys for the United States House of Representatives (House), in U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell, the case challenging certain cost-sharing subsidies in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), filed a motion asking the...more

Health Update - November 2016

Post-Election Analysis: Healthcare Antitrust in a Trump Administration - In a Republican sweep of all the elected branches of the federal government, Donald Trump won the presidential election and Republicans retained...more

President-elect Trump's potential priorities for insurance regulation

Apart from a fundamental disagreement between the parties as to whether the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") should be repealed and replaced, insurance regulatory issues did not play a large role in the Presidential campaign. That...more

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