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Better Care Reconciliation Act – Key Takeaways for Employers and Plan Sponsors

On June 22, 2017, the Senate released its much anticipated health care reform legislation – the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”) (linked to amended version released June 26, 2017). In many respects the BCRA is similar...more

Antitrust Challenge to Narrow Network Products – 7th Circuit Rules in Favor of Exclusive Agreement

by Ruder Ware on

The health care market has recently seen a resurgence in narrow network products. To a significant degree, the resurgence of these products has been driven by the need for managed care plans looking for new avenues to help...more

Employment Flash - June 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including the House of Representatives' American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, the...more

Capitol Hill Update: Affordable Care Act Repeal on the Ropes?

The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is currently being poured over by Senate Republicans and their staff, but the early prognosis for a vote this week is not good. Senate leadership had set a goal of voting on...more

CMS Seeks Recommendations On How To Regulate Individual and Small Group Health Insurance Markets

by King & Spalding on

On June 8, 2017, CMS issued a statement announcing a request for information (RFI) seeking recommendations and input from the public “on how to create a more flexible, streamlined approach to the regulatory structure of the...more

Impact on Montana of the AHCA’s Medicaid Provisions

Overview of Findings - The Stakes for Montana - ..Montana is expected to lose $4.8 billion in federal Medicaid funds between federal FY* 2020 and 2026 due to the AHCA’s elimination of enhanced match for expansion and...more

Senate Revises American Health Care Act

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans revealed their draft revisions to the American Health Care Act of 2017 (“AHCA” or the “House bill”) which passed the House in May of this year. The Senate version was prepared by...more

Employer Health Insurance Legislation Update: The Better Care Act

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Last week the Senate released draft legislation entitled “The Better Care Act.” aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Below is a summary of the Act and its potential impact on Iowa employers. ...more

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

Manatt Health Introduces Two New Publications: Ongoing Insights into the Latest Healthcare Issues and Actions - In this time of uncertainty for healthcare, real-time, insightful information on key developments is more...more

Draft Senate Health Bill Finally Revealed—Vote Could Take Place as Early 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 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

Here We Go Again - The Senate’s Health Reform Bill

by Winstead PC on

Late last week the Senate released its version of a health reform bill (the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” or the “Senate bill”) to fix the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “PPACA”). The Senate Bill...more

Is the Senate's "Better Care" a Better Way to Repeal Obamacare?

by Locke Lord LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Senate leadership released a “discussion draft” of The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (the “Better Care Act”) — i.e., legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known...more

Anthem Settles Data Breach Suit for Record $115 Million

Anthem Inc. has reportedly agreed to pay a settlement of $115 million to its customers that were affected by what is being called one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history....more

M.C. Escher and Erwin Schrodinger Walk into A Bar … Or Are They Walking Out? And How Can The CBO Be Sure?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The pundits and political partisans apparently stopped reading before the heading on page 9 of the CBO’s June 26 report on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Discussion Draft, “Uncertainty Surrounding the Estimates,”...more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act: Assessing the Senate's AHCA Counterpart

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 22, the Senate unveiled its counterpart to the House of Representatives’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) — the Better Reconciliation Act (BCRA) — and Republican leaders have reportedly indicated a desire to vote on...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

Impact on Montana of Medicaid Provisions in the BCRA (June 26 Discussion Draft): Preliminary Analysis

Overview of Findings - The Stakes for Montana - ..Medicaid covers one in four people in Montana—more than 216,000 individuals, nearly half of whom are children. ..Under the Senate’s proposed Better Care...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

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

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

Why Isn’t My “Free” Preventive Health Care Free?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In my opinion, one of the best changes made by the Affordable Care Act is the mandate that requires health plans to provide certain specified preventive services without imposing any cost sharing. This is sometimes referred...more

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