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What Is The Trump Pharmaceutical Policy?

Pharmaceutical stocks took a hit after President-elect Trump criticized the industry during his January 11, 2017 press conference. But he also expressed support for the domestic pharmaceutical industry. What is the Trump...more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration

Over the course of the last six years in Washington, D.C., one of the primary goals of the Republican Party has been to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since the Republican Party gained control of the House of...more

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

CBO estimates 27 million would lose coverage under partial ACA repeal in the first year after elimination of Marketplace subsidies and Medicaid expansion; a federal judge orders delay in submission of North Carolina’s...more

Texas Court Enjoins Enforcement of Regulation that Would Forbid Discrimination in Healthcare on the Basis of Gender Identity and...

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in political and social issues, FordHarrison has been following ground-breaking litigation related to LGBTQ rights and providing updates. In the latest decision, a federal judge in...more

Recent Legislation Offers Small Employers a New HRA Option

A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is a funding arrangement under which employers fund health care expenses for their employees on a pre-tax basis. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HRAs were popular among small...more

Repealing-Replacing the Affordable Care Act: Considerations for Employers with Self-Funded Plans

Over the last several years we have seen employers, especially those with self-funded health plans, evolve in their approach to wellness programs. Programs have grown from gathering data – e.g., steps on a pedometer,...more

Congress Passes Budget Resolution as First Step to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA); President-elect Trump to Deliver Own...

Last week, Congress took the first step in a process to repeal and replace the ACA by passing S. Con. Res. 3, a Fiscal Year 2017 budget resolution, to instruct congressional health committees to write legislation, known as...more

What Can the Business Community Expect from a Trump Administration

As Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, the business community stands watch expecting a business-friendly White House. Trump’s promises of fewer regulations and lower taxes have small and large businesses alike feeling...more

FDA’s Enforcement Priorities Likely to Change in 2017 and Other “Unknowable Knowns”

As we enter a new era in which executive agencies are headed by President Trump, we are also faced with many other transformative changes that will affect FDA-regulated entities in a significant and lasting way. This post...more

HHS OIG Finalizes New Exclusion Rules as Administration Exits

With just a week left before a new administration takes office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized changes to the regulations authorizing OIG to exclude...more

Health Reform Outlook for 2017: A Year of Major Uncertainty

Fulfilling their promises, Congressional Republicans moved to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the first day of the new Congress when Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced “reconciliation...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - January 2017

Physician groups and American Enterprise Institute authors come out against ACA repeal without a replacement; Hawaii’s 1332 waiver is the first to receive federal approval; and North Carolina’s Governor moves to expand...more

The Future of the ACA Week 5: The Rep. Tom Price Plan(s)

This week continues our survey of key Republican proposals to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the past two weeks, we have reviewed the Trump/Pence transition plan, entitled “Healthcare Reform to Make...more

Congress to Vote on Budget Resolution to Start Process of Repealing the Affordable Care Act; Vice President-Elect Pence Promises...

This week, the Senate and the House are expected to approve an FY 2017 budget resolution instructing congressional committees to write legislation, known as budget reconciliation bills, to rescind many key components of the...more

The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717...more

OIG Report Examines Minimum Loss Ratio Impact on South Carolina Medicaid Managed Care

OIG recently issued a report determining that South Carolina’s Medicaid Managed Care program would not have realized any savings if the state agency implemented a minimum Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) similar to the current...more

2016 Year-End Tax Update: Okay, Now What?

In last year’s materials, loosely styled “Make America Great Again!,” we ruminated upon (and also thought about) what role, if any, federal income taxes might play in helping to make America great again, once the interminable...more

[Webinar] What to Expect in Trump's First 100 Days - January 18th, 11:00am ET

After years of gridlock, Congress is poised to unleash a flurry of legislative activity early in 2017. The agenda is jam-packed as the Republican-led Congress targets major changes to the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank,...more

How’s This for a Dramatic Entrance?

As of Thursday morning, January 5, the general direction and pace of ACA repeal / replace legislation is discernible (details below), but the details are not. News reports suggest that, despite persisting, material...more

Medicaid Demonstration Waivers: A Shorter Path to Increasing State Control Over Healthcare Policy?

Seema Verma’s nomination to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) places Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers into increasing spotlight. This article explores some of the current applications of...more

The Future of the ACA Week 4: The Ryan Plan, “A Better Way”

The recent Republican election victories appear to ensure that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) days are numbered. But with nearly a fifth of the U.S. economy, and the health care coverage for some tens of millions of U.S....more

Trump transition: What lies ahead for tax, health care, environment and financial services

Politically, 2016 is a year few of us will soon forget — and 2017 could be just as memorable, as the focus shifts from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill. With Congress adjourned for the year and the framework of the Trump...more

Part 3: Exploring “Repeal and Replace”

In Part II of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we considered potential healthcare market consequences of a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In...more

Capping Federal Medicaid Funding: Key Financing Issues for States

President-elect Donald Trump and Republican congressional leadership have called for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a fundamental overhaul of the Medicaid program that would include imposing caps on federal...more

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

The National Association of Medicaid Directors offers policy considerations and recommendations to the incoming Administration; HealthCare.gov has its largest single day of enrollment ever; and new publications prepared by...more

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