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Health Update - March 2017

The Future of Essential Health Benefits - Editor's Note: The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule may be among the many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are on the chopping block as the Trump Administration and...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

House Preparing to Vote on Repeal and Replace of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Following the introduction of proposed legislation on March 6, 2017 to repeal and replace certain portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Manager’s Amendments on March 20, 2017, the House Rules...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

Beltway Briefing: Agenda for Remaining First 100 Days

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in Washington, D.C. Blake: Thank you very much and welcome to our ongoing...more

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

House Republicans append a Manager's Amendment to the AHCA; HHS tells states they will have increased flexibility on Medicaid; and Florida previews its 1115 waiver amendment requests....more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The Trump presidency is halfway through its first 100 days. The legislative and executive branches are under a unified Republican government for only the second time since the Eisenhower administration, and the GOP is seeking...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

House Republicans are scheduled to vote Thursday night on legislation to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) even as GOP leaders scramble to secure the final votes needed to pass the bill. House leaders said...more

House GOP Moving Ahead on Controversial ACA Repeal & Replace Bill; First of Three Planned Phases of Health Reform

The House of Representatives is moving ahead on the Republican plan -– the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – that would repeal and replace major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On March 16, 2017, the House Budget...more

Price, Verma Taking a Fresh Look at Obama Administration’s EPM/CJR Final Rule; Changes Pushed Back to at Least October 1, 2017

HHS Secretary Thomas Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma have signaled that the Trump Administration is eyeing changes to one of the last major Medicare policies issued by the Obama Administration. Specifically, CMS is...more

AG's latest remarks signal no outright campaign against cannabis yet

On March 2, 2017, it seemed as if the U.S. Department of Justice was aiming to crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry in a way not seen since before the previous administration. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017 #3

In passing its own version of the state’s 2018 spending blueprint, the Senate moved one step closer last week to satisfying the General Assembly’s lone constitutional obligation....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

The American Health Care Act – A Side-by-Side Comparison to Existing Law

As reported in our January 23, 2017 Clients & Friends Memorandum entitled “Status of the Affordable Care Act Repeal Efforts,” on January 12 and 13, 2017, the Republican-controlled Congress took the first step toward repealing...more

President’s budget ax takes a big whack at medical, scientific funding

The Trump budget for the federal government would be a huge step back from investment in medical research with consequences for many years in progress on promoting health and fighting disease....more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

President’s Proposed Budget Increases Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Funding

Much of the discussion surrounding President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint has focused on cuts, but one proposed budget increase shows the new administration is likely to continue focusing on healthcare fraud enforcement. ...more

The American Health Care Act: What’s in Store for Employer Plan Sponsors

After much anticipation, a “leaked” draft of the House health care reform reconciliation bill became public in mid-February. In less than a week, the final proposal was released. It has now passed out of the...more

States May See Earliest Opportunities to Alter Health Care Landscape

While the titans on Capitol Hill clash over the best answer to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump administration is promoting action at the state level that could produce meaningful impact soon. Health industry...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

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Thanks to Winter Storm Stella, the House of Representatives made short work of this week’s session; adjourning on Monday afternoon to allow members to have a safe trip back to their districts. There...more

Key Takeaways From FHA’s Health Law Summit

Foley recently co-hosted the Florida Hospital Association’s (FHA) 2017 Health Law Summit, which brought together more than 40 in-house attorneys and compliance officers from FHA member hospitals to discuss the current state...more

House Bill Would Allow Employers to Require and Access Genetic Testing Results

House bill HR 1313, introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx (R.N.C.), proposes to allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing, then allow employers to see the results, and impose financial penalties on...more

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