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Round Two: Significant Telehealth Expansion Re-Proposed in Bipartisan Senate Bill

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On May 3, 2017, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2017 (S. 1016) (CONNECT Act of 2017) was reintroduced by the same six senators who had initially introduced the...more

Why do drug prices soar? Blame PBJs, PBMs, weak regulators, and CME

What do PBJs, PBM “black boxes,” industry friendly advisory panels, and CME (aka doctor training programs) all share in common? They’re blamed for contributing to Big Pharma’s skyrocketing prices—and it’s worth diving into...more

Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers in Senate's Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

U.S. Senate Republicans on June 22, 2017, released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The BCRA follows on the heels of the...more

Senate Republicans Unveil ACA Repeal Bill

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans unveiled draft legislation to move toward repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The draft health care bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was hatched behind...more

Senate Republican Health Care Working Group Releases Health Care Reform Bill Text

by Baker Donelson on

On June 22, Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their companion bill to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The legislation, which reforms the Affordable...more

Highlights of Better Care Reconciliation Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

U.S. Senate Republicans on June 22, 2017, unveiled a "discussion draft" of their healthcare plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. This memorandum provides highlights of key provisions. The Congressional Budget Office...more

Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last November, Florida voters overwhelmingly voted to amend the Florida Constitution to permit the use of medical marijuana. The constitutional amendment went into effect on January 3, 2017, and required regulations to be...more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 vs. The American Health Care Act: Summary of Key Differences

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), titled the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” (BCRA). Beyond the title change,...more

Senate Begins Discussions of Affordable Care Act Modifications

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Senate Republicans have released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that aims to repeal and replace a number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate bill mirrors many of the terms in the...more

GOP senators’ Trumpcare: Meaner in many ways than even House plans

After weeks of huddling in partisan secrecy, majority Republicans in the U.S. Senate have coughed up what they’ve dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act, aka their version of Trumpcare....more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 14

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Budget Writers Reach Tentative Agreement: The House Budget Committee is planning to unveil a long-awaited budget resolution next week calling for a spending boost to the Pentagon alongside cuts to domestic programs,...more

Florida Medical Marijuana Licensure Update

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After no bill was passed during the 2017 regular session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 8A in a special session and provided for the issuance of 10 new “Medical Marijuana Treatment Center” (MMTC) licenses to...more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act: Similarities to House Health Care Bill, Preserves Parts of ACA

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their much-anticipated version of the legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite rumors of a...more

Senate Republicans Release Bill to "Repeal and Replace" the Affordable Care Act

by Littler on

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). After the House narrowly passed its version of ACA overhaul legislation, the American Health...more

Draft Senate Health Bill Finally Revealed – Vote Could Take Place as Early as Next Week

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 22, 2017, Republican Senators released a “discussion draft” of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The draft is the first public glimpse at the Senate version of the American Health Care Act bill, which...more

Senate Healthcare Bill Released for Public Review

Just over four weeks after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), the bill passed by a narrow margin in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate released ‘The...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, a native of Youngsville, NC, was one of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan on June 10th, 2017. We are eternally grateful for his service to this country and for his sacrifice. Our...more

Senate GOP’s Health Care Plan Reshapes House’s Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

by Epstein Becker & Green on

When the House of Representatives narrowly passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and shipped it across the Capitol for the Senate’s consideration, key senators said they intended to write their own bill...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Today marks just one week until the June 30 budget deadline. Seven days. A mere 168 hours to finish hashing out an over $30 billion state spending plan to carry us through the next fiscal year. While we still...more

Health Care Reform Behind Closed Doors

Behind closed doors, Senate aides work furiously on a piece of legislation that will potentially define the trajectory of health care for the next generation of Americans. Despite its potential impact on millions of Americans...more

Get Ready for “On The Motion to Amend the Amendment of the Amendment of the Amendment …”

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The “Discussion Draft” released June 22, 2017 by the Senate Budget Committee carries the House Bill number (H.R. 1628) of the American Health Care Act, and kills taxes like the House bill, but there are major differences,...more

Are You Ready for AB 72?

by Buchalter on

To protect patients from receiving an unexpected surprise bill when they seek care at in-network facilities from out-of-network providers, Governor Brown signed AB 72: California’s surprise out-of-network law. The new law...more

Congressional Committees Advance Bipartisan FDA User Fee Agreements

by Baker Donelson on

On May 11 and June 7, the Senate HELP Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee, respectively, both advanced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize four different user fee agreements that account for over a quarter of...more

New York Times Obtains Copy of Draft Executive Order on Drug Prices; FDA Blogs that it is Working to Lift Barriers to Generic Drug...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 20, 2017, the New York Times reported that it had obtained a draft proposal of President Trump’s Executive Order on drug prices. The draft Executive Order, which has not been published, has been characterized as...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 5

The Senate’s health care reform bill was released today, and we will report on that separately. In the meantime, below are key health care reform developments from the week of June 12th....more

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