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Health Reform Rollercoaster

by Winstead PC on

When POTUS signed the most recent executive order related to health care reform, it was only a small incremental step to direct the agencies to loosen some rules on health reform that will eventually impact the coverage...more

Executive Order on Association Health Plans Could Benefit Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Stymied by the lack of congressional progress toward repealing, replacing or reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has in recent days issued a number of directives affecting various aspects of the law....more

Back in the Spotlight: The Affordable Care Act Again Takes Center Stage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After a brief lull in activity, recent developments are likely to involve all three branches of government in addressing issues under the Affordable Care Act....more

The Health Care Executive Order and Its Effect on Employee Benefit Options

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In a development with potentially far-reaching ramifications, on October 12, 2017, the President signed Executive Order No. 13813 expressing an executive policy of facilitating, “to the extent consistent with law”, the...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #2

Trump Signs New Executive Order Threatening ACA. Following last month’s senatorial defeat on full repeal-and-replace—after which Congress vowed to move on to tax reform and other lower hanging fruit—the Trump administration...more

Trump, by executive fiat, tries to blow up ACA with cheap, skimpy alternatives

President Trump has made good on his promise to try to blow up the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. His latest, twin executive actions seek to gut the national health insurance program that Republicans have reviled but...more

White House Expands Exemptions to ACA Contraceptive Mandate

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued interim final rules on October 6, 2017, expanding exemptions to protect religious beliefs and moral convictions for certain entities and individuals whose health plans...more

Trump Administration Takes Aim at ACA With AHP Executive Order

Thursday, October 12th, on the heels of the recent and repeated failures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), President Donald Trump signed an executive order nominally aimed at increasing competition in the...more

Trump Administration Pulls the Plug on CSR Payments

After months of veiled threats, President Trump formally announced that his Administration will cease funding Cost-Sharing Reduction (“CSR”) payments, a key component of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) intended to help...more

“Ceasing the CSR’s: Once a Threat, Now A Promise”

by LeClairRyan on

Late in the evening of October 12, 2017, word leaked that the Trump Administration planned to finally carry out its threat to stop the Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments (“CSRs”) under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The...more

“A Strong Pull on the Threads Holding Obamacare Together:” President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Affordable Care Act Executive Order

by LeClairRyan on

President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States” seeks to reform certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare”) by Executive Agency action...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order to Reshape Health Insurance Market

by Littler on

After failing to achieve a legislative solution to "repeal and replace" the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump issued an executive order (EO) on October 12, 2017, designed to promote “healthcare...more

Trump Administration Broadens Employer Exemption from ACA's Contraceptive Coverage Requirements

by Baker Donelson on

On October 6, the Trump Administration issued two new interim final rules that significantly expand exemptions for employers to the ACA's requirements to provide free contraceptive coverage. The new regulations, effective...more

Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Exemptions Expanded Under Interim Final Rules

by Benesch on

Last week the Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services (Departments) published rules exempting employers from the contraceptive coverage mandate created under the Affordable...more

Federal Agencies Announce Plan B for the Contraceptives Mandate

The triumvirate of federal agencies (HHS, DOL, IRS) responsible for enforcing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA, often called Obamacare) released final interim rules significantly expanding exceptions...more

White House Narrows ACA Contraception Mandate

by Fisher Phillips on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just issued new rules which will limit the contraception coverage mandate covering employers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new rules, released Friday, expand the...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017 #5

Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) triumphant return to Congress on Thursday capped another busy week in Washington, D.C.: Graham-Cassidy Crashes, but Some in GOP Still Looking Down the Road. On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the...more

Fractal Geometry, Actuarial Risk, and §1332 Waivers—The Role of the States in Reforming Health Care

At this writing, the prospects for success of the latest Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act appear bleak — but the Graham-Cassidy bill on which the GOP has pinned its last-ditch hopes highlights a major...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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