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Effects of Insurance Marketplace Uncertainty

Even as Senators continue to consider “Graham-Cassidy,” the latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal legislation, insurance markets are already reacting to uncertainty and instability brought about by persistent GOP efforts to...more

Fate of Last-Minute Affordable Care Act Initiatives Uncertain

by Baker Ober Health Law on

This week, the debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gained new momentum in two separate, but connected channels. As the fiscal year (FY) budget reconciliation window enabling expedited passage of an ACA repeal draws to a...more

California Countdown: Which Labor & Employment Bills Will the Governor Sign?

by Littler on

September 15 was the last day in 2017 for bills to pass both houses of the California Legislature and be forwarded to the governor. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has until October 15, 2017 to sign, veto, or otherwise not act upon...more

Governor Scott Creates New Generator Obligation for Senior Living Facilities

Following the tragic deaths of eight people at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County, Governor Rick Scott has directed the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Florida Department...more

GOP Tries “Repeal and Replace” One More Time as Clock Runs Out

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Senate Republicans, frustrated by their failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the summer, are trying once again. They have only until September 30, according to a ruling by the Senate...more

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

Welcome back everybody. The House is out this week and the Senate is out Thursday and Friday with a lot to sort out before they skip town. Graham-Cassidy has people on edge because, if nothing else, it is still alive. The...more

The Graham-Cassidy Bill: Evaluating the Latest ACA Repeal Measure

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Last week, the Senate unveiled the Graham-Cassidy Bill, Republican legislators’ latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Crafted by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-LA, Lindsey Graham, R-SC, Dean Heller, R-NV, and Ron...more

Health Care Reform Returns to the Spotlight

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress is now back in session and, once again, focus has turned to health care. With all eyes on returning health care reform to the forefront, a flurry of activity has sparked new legislative efforts including the...more

Section 4980H Large Employer Penalties – IRS Signals the Health Coverage Penalties Remain in Force

by Snell & Wilmer on

Many employers were hopeful that the Code Section 4980H penalties would be repealed now that Republicans control Congress and Trump is in the White House. To date, that has not happened, nor has the IRS announced it will not...more

Congress Takes Up FDA Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drug Regulation Reform

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On September 13, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine draft legislation to create a new user fee program and completely revamp the review process...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Republican senators pushing a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) say they are within one vote of having the support needed to pass their bill. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)...more

Blog: California Governor Considers Drug Price Reporting Bill and Ban on Discounts and Rebates for Branded Pharmaceutical Products

by Cooley LLP on

The California State Legislature sent two new pharmaceutical pricing measures, S.B. 17 and A.B. 265, to Governor Jerry Brown on September 13th. S.B. 17 would impose new reporting requirements on pharmaceutical manufacturers...more

Citing the Opioid Abuse Epidemic, New Jersey Proposes Far-Reaching Restrictions on Pharma-Prescriber Interactions

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In an effort to curtail the opioid abuse epidemic, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed a new rule on August 31, 2017 that would make New Jersey the latest state to adopt "gift ban" type restrictions on interactions...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017 #3

He Said, They Said. Over a Wednesday night dinner consisting of the unusual combination of Chinese food and chocolate pie, President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)...more

GOP senators trying to sneak in one more push to repeal, replace Obamacare

As the 40th President of the United States used to mutter, well, there they go again. The Republicans in the 115th Congress apparently will make another go at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, what may be...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 26

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Finishes Work on Its Annual Appropriations Bills, For Now: The House narrowly passed a $1.2 trillion package of spending bills to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2018 by a vote of 211-198. Amendments offered to the...more

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

by Mintz Levin on

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

Massachusetts Senators Hold Healthcare Roundtable Discussions

by Mintz Levin on

This past August, the Massachusetts Senate and the Millbank Memorial Fund Healthcare Working Group held three roundtable discussions geared towards finding solutions to rising healthcare costs and providing patients with more...more

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

Massachusetts Senators Hold Healthcare Roundtable Discussions

This past August, the Massachusetts Senate and the Millbank Memorial Fund Healthcare Working Group held three roundtable discussions geared towards finding solutions to rising healthcare costs and providing patients with more...more

Congressional Task Force Issues Report on Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry

by Polsinelli on

Recently, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force (the “Task Force”) issued its Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry (the “Report”). The Task Force, which was created by Congress as part of...more

IRS Will Enforce Employer Mandate Regardless Of Any Executive Orders

by Fisher Phillips on

You may recall that President Trump signed an executive order on the day of his inauguration directing all agencies to minimize the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) pending its repeal. You may recall also that...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – September 2017

“It’s déjà vu all over again.” We’re back again this week for an important round of hearings in HELP and Finance where we will be paying close attention to the tone emanating from the hearings especially after Chairman...more

FDA Takes First Steps to Cut Regulations, Solicits Public Feedback

Since our March 17th post about President Trump’s executive actions aiming to implement his deregulatory agenda, several important developments related to the so-called “2-for-1” Executive Order (E.O. 13,771) have occurred...more

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