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The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

On June 22, Senate leadership released their proposed substitute for the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), as a discussion draft. The BCRA was updated on June 26,...more

Senate Releases Repeal and Replace Legislation on ACA: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After weeks of secrecy, the Senate has released a discussion draft of legislation that is the counterpart of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) previously passed by the House. The Senate legislation, entitled the Better Care...more

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

Senate health reform bill to be made public Thursday; CMS Actuary releases its AHCA coverage and cost projections; and new analysis finds Marketplace rate increases are being driven by the Trump Administration’s lack of...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2017 #2

CMS seeks input on potential market stabilization rulemaking; Iowa proposes a single standardized Marketplace plan and reinsurance program; and Centene will expand its Marketplace offerings for 2018, including adding new...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2017

House Ways and Means Committee advances three discrete healthcare bills as part of the broader repeal and replace effort; Nevada sends Medicaid-for-all legislation to the Governor; and New York requires insurers to remain in...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 2

Below are key health care reform developments from the week of May 15th: ACA Repeal Efforts. Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue despite slowing down as the House of Representatives’...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017

Florida, Maine and Ohio consider proposals to impose work requirements in Medicaid, Congress continues to debate the AHCA, and the uncertain future of cost-sharing reductions continues to generate concern....more

Manatt on Medicaid: Maine Releases Draft Waiver Request Proposing New Eligibility Requirements

On April 25, 2017, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services released for public comment a draft Section 1115 waiver application to implement new eligibility and coverage requirements for MaineCare, the State’s...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2017 #4

The ACA reduced uninsurance among veterans by 40%; Marketplaces showed signs of stabilizing in 2016; and some states are giving insurers more time to make decisions about offering coverage on the Marketplace next year in...more

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

The focus is on the Marketplaces this week as CMS publishes a new Marketplace stabilization rule, even as President Trump threatens to withhold cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers. In the states, Florida announces...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2017 #2

HHS's position on cost-sharing reduction payments remains unclear as insurers seek certainty before Marketplace rate filing deadlines; states continue to finalize Medicaid budgets and seek waiver flexibility; and North...more

ACA Repeal and Replace Plan is Released

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees have released, in two parts, budget reconciliation legislation, the first steps of Congress' proposal to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Reconciliation...more

Entitlement Reform – Medicaid

by Baker Donelson on

Of particular focus in the coming year will be Medicaid, the federal/state health care program for low-income Americans. The program, which cost the federal government $334 billion in FY15, is a frequent target of...more

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

Congress moves forward on key healthcare appointments; the Administration takes steps to shore up the Marketplaces; and Governors prepare to gather in Washington as new reports document the ACA's impacts on states....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - January 2017 #4

The National Governors Association and National Association of Insurance Commissioners weigh in on ACA repeal and replace; CBO releases new Medicaid and Marketplace enrollment estimates; and Massachusetts proposes reinstating...more

Medicaid 1115 Waivers Re-Approved for New York Managed Care and HIV Enrollees, Arkansas Works Cost-Sharing and Mandatory Job...

CMS has recently approved five-year extensions for Medicaid Demonstration Waivers under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act in New York and Arkansas. Both extensions allow each state to continue innovative pilot...more

HHS OIG Adopts NewAnti-Kickback Safe Harbor and Civil Monetary Penalty Exceptions

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), issued a final rule that will have a widespread impact on health care service providers, medical transport providers,...more

OIG Finalizes New and Expanded Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors, Issues Guidance Regarding Nominal Gifts

by Buchalter on

In an uncertain health care environment following the presidential election, the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) finalized a new rule expanding existing safe harbors to the federal...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2016 #3

Massachusetts’s Marketplace eliminates cost-sharing for addiction treatment in subsidized QHPs; Montana cuts its uninsurance rate in half; and a Kaiser report identifies the 50 most costly drugs for Medicaid....more

Recent Congressional Hearings

by Reed Smith on

Congressional committees held hearings on a wide variety of on health policy issues this month before going on summer recess. Notable hearings include the following...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

by Alston & Bird on

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 29, 2016, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule entitled, “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs: Mental Health Parity and...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

by Alston & Bird on

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued voluntary guidelines entitled, “CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: Because of the Blizzard of 2016—also known as “Snowzilla”—in Washington, D.C., and other parts of the East Coast, this is a combined issue... The House of Representatives opted not to come back to town until next...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015 #3

Arizona seeks Medicaid Waiver to implement new coverage restrictions for Medicaid expansion enrollees and delivery system reform; Tennessee’s uninsured rate continues to drop; and Louisiana gubernatorial candidates line up...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #5

New study shows Marketplace premiums parallel the employer market; Montana likely to select a private insurer to administer benefits to its Medicaid expansion population; and Washington’s Exchange customers will begin paying...more

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