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The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- 14 AGs Oppose Rollback of FCC Net Neutrality Protections- 14 Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, submitted comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to ensure open...more

ACA Compliance Validation (ACV) System: Ready for Prime Time?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

ACA “repeal” proposals at this point seem like zombie extras – walking dead, and none of them purports to repeal employer mandate taxes that accrued in 2015. Collection is coming; only the timing is in question. ACV 2.0 is...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

Health Alert (Australia) 17 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 26 June 2017 - Dr Praneal Dutt Sharma v Dr Phillip Segal and Dr Greg Chen [2017] NSWSC 867 - CONTRACT – commercial agreement...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

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

Updated Health Care Reform Legislation Comparison Chart

The chart below compares key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This chart is current as of July 13, 2017, and as of that date,...more

Senate's Updated Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act Changes Provisions Affecting Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate Republicans on July 13, 2017, released an updated discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As we have outlined in a...more

Preparing for the Unknown: Open Enrollment 2017

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

With Open Enrollment season just around the corner, employers have been hoping for answers regarding the direction of health insurance under the Trump Administration. However, it’s looking like clarity is a long way off....more

Tennessee Employers Subject to New Obligations to Report Healthcare Practitioners' Confirmed Drug (but not Alcohol) Tests and Test...

by Littler on

A new Tennessee law, effective July 1, 2017, imposes new reporting requirements on healthcare practitioner (HCP) employers. Under the new reporting law, in certain circumstances, HCP employers must "promptly" report to the...more

New Massachusetts Employer Assessment Intended to Deter MassHealth Enrollment

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Since the beginning of this year’s legislative session, Governor Baker has expressed concern over the growth in enrollment in MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program. A look at the numbers explains why. Prior to the...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Workplace Policy under the Trump Administration Begins to Take Shape as "Repeal and Replace" of the ACA...

by Littler on

Five months into President Trump's term, his administration's workplace policy is beginning to take shape. From notable developments at the Department of Labor (DOL), to long-awaited nominations to the National Labor...more

Self Insured Groups Save 50% More On Healthcare Coverage with this One - Two Punch: Triage and Customized Quota Share (Rebate)...

by Slim Ventures LLC on

Medium and large employers have found that they can save an average of 30% self insuring the health care of their employees. And while policymakers and pundits lament the need for healthcare reform, self insured groups...more

Texas Supreme Court Disputes Reach of Obergefell in Employee Benefits Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, did not dispositively address how far government employers must go in providing benefits...more

ERISA Newsletter - Second Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - Welcome once again to Proskauer's newly revamped ERISA Newsletter. As a reminder, readers can obtain the information in this Newsletter as it is published on our blog. Our featured article this...more

Recent Mental Health Parity Guidance — A Good Reminder to Review Your Health Plan for Compliance

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) generally requires that the financial requirements and treatment limitations that apply to mental health and substance use disorder (“MH/SUD”) benefits...more

Health Alert (Australia) 27 June 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 22 June 2017 - Dorris Maharaj v Northern Health [2017] FWC 2997 - Application for relief from unfair dismissal – dismissal harsh,...more

Physician Employment Contracts: How to Avoid Conflict if an Employment Relationship Sours

In the ever-changing healthcare industry, one consistent trend has emerged in recent years—a shift from physicians being employed by physician-owned practices to physicians being employed by larger healthcare entities. In the...more

Over 4th, GOP senators seek independence from their health care jam

Republicans in the U.S. Senate will spend a long Fourth of July break trying to figure if they can repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, with their Better Care Reconciliation Act, aka Trumpcare. Their...more

Part VII: The Senate’s Response to the American Health Care Act

Caveat: As of the date of this writing, there are indications that revisions to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (“BCRA”) are in the works and may be issued as soon as Friday, June 30, 2017. If a revised BCRA is...more

Third Circuit Recognizes Escobar “Heightened Materiality Standard” in Dismissal of False Claims Act Case Tied to Avastin

In May 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit relied on the “heightened materiality standard” endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2016 Escobar decision in dismissing a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower...more

Better Care Reconciliation Act – Key Takeaways for Employers and Plan Sponsors

On June 22, 2017, the Senate released its much anticipated health care reform legislation – the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”) (linked to amended version released June 26, 2017). In many respects the BCRA is similar...more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - Supreme Court Holds Church-Affiliated Organizations Exempt From ERISA: A Prescription for the Ailing...

On June 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court rendered an important decision that will impact restructurings — particularly health care provider restructurings — going forward. The Supreme Court reversed the Third, Seventh...more

Avoiding Diversion: New Tennessee Law Imposes Potential Obligations on Employers When Healthcare Providers Fail Drug Tests

Tennessee lawmakers are cracking down on nurses and other healthcare providers (HCPs) diverting medications for personal use. A law going into effect on July 1, 2017, (yes—next week) puts an obligation on employers of HCPs...more

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