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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

As ACA Repeal/Replace Debate Drags On, Trump Seeks Advice on How to Make Improvements to Health Care Markets

by Reed Smith on

In a tacit acknowledgement of the hurdles ahead for enactment of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal/replace legislation, the Trump Administration is soliciting suggestion for changes that could be made within the current legal...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017 #5

CBO says the House repeal and replace bill could destabilize the individual insurance market in some states; Indiana posts a work requirement amendment to its Medicaid expansion waiver application; and states allow insurers...more

CMS’ New Interpretations And Guidance Relating To The Rules Governing The Affordable Care Act

by Stoel Rives LLP on

While H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, the bill that seeks to repeal key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), passed the House on May 4, 2017, and is being considered by the...more

FY 2018 President’s Budget May Signal Challenges for Health Programs on the Horizon

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Eric Zimmerman, along with McDermott+Consulting Vice Presidents Adaeze Enekwechi and Piper Su, wrote this +Insights publication detailing the possible effects of the Trump Administration's 2018 budget on health programs and...more

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

Governors pen bipartisan letter to Congress urging five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); new analyses find Medicaid funding cuts under the AHCA would disproportionately affect...more

For Health Insurers, Court Decisions Continue to Complicate Risk Corridors Program Payments

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

For health insurers concerned about when they may receive government payments through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) risk corridor program, court decisions have provided little clarity. An April 18 decision by Judge Griggsby...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

Fate Uncertain for HHS’s Extension of ACA Discrimination Protections to Abortion & Gender Transition

by Genova Burns LLC on

In May 2016 HHS issued a final rule implementing the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557 nondiscrimination provision, which applies to recipients of funding from HHS. The rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender...more

Final Market Stabilization Rules – How Stable is Stable?

The Department of Health and Human Services released the final Affordable Care Act marketplace stabilization rules (“Final Rule”) on April 13, 2017. The Final Rules become effective on June 19, 2017 and will, accordingly,...more

Stop-Loss Policies, How Low Can You Go?

by Bryan Cave on

On April 5, the “Self-Insurance Protection Act” passed the House and moved to the Senate. This bill, if enacted, would amend ERISA, the Public Health Service Act and the Internal Revenue Code (the “Big 3” statutes containing...more

HHS Finalizes Health Insurance Market Stabilization Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized regulations designed to help stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets and, in particular, the health insurance exchanges...more

Issue 108: HHS Moves Ahead In Face of ACA Uncertainty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and eighth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

GOP turns from failed blitzkrieg to trench fighting in war against Obamacare

Now that the blitzkrieg assault on Obamacare is over, the battle to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hasn’t gone totally up in smoke. It just has fallen, for now, into lots of still critical bits and pieces....more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap, March 2017 #2

Arkansas - Governor Proposes Changes to Medicaid Expansion Waiver as House Passes Bill to Cap Expansion Enrollment - Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) released a proposal to amend the State's Medicaid expansion waiver by...more

ACA Repeal and Replace Update: House Vote Expected This Week; CBO Estimates Impact of Repeal and Replace Legislation; CMS...

by King & Spalding on

After narrowly passing the Budget Committee, the Republican-sponsored health reform repeal and replace bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), is scheduled for a floor vote for Thursday, March 23, 2017, seven years to the...more

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

States react to the failure of the AHCA; the HHS Inspector General launches an investigation into the Trump Administration's suspension of Marketplace enrollment outreach efforts; and the Kansas Legislature sends a Medicaid...more

A New Era for Medicaid

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Congress is currently debating the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the “repeal and replace” legislation that calls for fundamental changes to Medicaid. As currently proposed, AHCA will cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion...more

Third-Party Payment of Premiums: Controversy and HHS Guidance

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the payment of healthcare premiums by third parties has been the subject of controversy. As Congress develops its plan to repeal and replace the ACA, it is uncertain how...more

Health Update - March 2017

The Future of Essential Health Benefits - Editor's Note: The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule may be among the many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are on the chopping block as the Trump Administration and...more

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

House Republicans append a Manager's Amendment to the AHCA; HHS tells states they will have increased flexibility on Medicaid; and Florida previews its 1115 waiver amendment requests....more

The Affordable Care Act: Repeal, Replace, Repair?

by Baker Donelson on

The number one priority of Republican leaders in the House, the Senate and the White House, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains at the very top of the political agenda. On Capitol Hill, Republicans have elected to...more

Trump Administration Takes First Steps to Support Exchanges, but Key Questions Remain

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an effort to stabilize the Exchanges and encourage issuer participation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently extended the federal Exchange application and rate filing deadlines and published a...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

HHS Expresses Interest in Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions

by Littler on

In proposed regulations published on February 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suggested several adjustments designed to help stabilize the individual health insurance market – particularly...more

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