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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

Changes to Stabilize HealthCare.gov Have Implications for Employer Sponsored Health Plans

by Winstead PC on

We learn early on that for any action there is a reaction. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released “Market Stabilization” final regulations that will impact group health plans as they plan for 2018....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

Update: HHS Decides Appeals Backlog Rule

by Polsinelli on

On January 17, 2017, HHS published a rule addressing public comments and finalizing changes to the Medicare benefit claim appeals processes that were proposed on July 5, 2016. Although there was initially some speculation...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

What do the recently proposed HHS Rule and GOP Reform Outline mean for the Health Care Industry in Minnesota?

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Late last week, two major proposals arose that will have a significant impact on the health care industry. First, the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under new HHS Secretary Tom Price...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

HHS Makes Its First Move to Stabilize the Individual Health Insurance Market

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Wednesday, the Trump Administration released its first proposed regulation seeking to stabilize the individual insurance market – in particular, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchange market (or marketplace). Amidst...more

HHS Proposed Rule Signals Future of Obamacare May be Repair not Repeal

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) announced a proposed rule designed to help stabilize the Affordable Insurance Exchanges for the 2018 benefit year. The rule proposes several...more

Update #4: Proposed ACA Rules to Stabilize Exchange Markets

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Insurers have been pressuring the Trump Administration to relieve some of the uncertainty from the pending ACA “repeal/replace” debate in time for them to decide whether to participate in the individual health insurance...more

Trump Administration Proposes Insurer-Friendly Rule Modifying Exchanges under the ACA

by Carlton Fields on

Less than three weeks after our last article involving healthcare under the Trump Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has released its first proposed...more

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

Tom Price is confirmed as the new head of Health and Human Services; Georgia and Missouri legislatures call for new Medicaid waivers to implement capped funding; and the uninsurance rate hits a new low in 2016....more

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