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Dept. of Health and Human Services Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980... more +
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -

President Trump Issues Far-Reaching Changes to the Affordable Care Act

by Baker Donelson on

On October 12, the Trump Administration announced that it would immediately terminate payments for Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs), which subsidize health coverage for low-income enrollees in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA)...more

Can The President Nullify The Affordable Care Act By Issuing Executive Orders?

President Trump issued an Executive Order yesterday which purports to suggest three avenues for offering health insurance at a decreased cost to small employers and consumers for the overall goal of reducing healthcare costs...more

Exemption To ACA Contraceptive Mandate Extended To For-Profit Entities And Individuals

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Under the ACA, employers must provide plans that cover birth control and other preventative health services with no out-of-pocket costs. Certain religious employers with religious objections to providing contraceptive...more

HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns and the Search Begins for Replacement

by Baker Donelson on

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price resigned on September 29, following the collapse of Republicans' efforts to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and revelations that he spent more...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections Democrat Sharon Fairley Declares Run for Illinois Attorney General- Democrat Sharon Fairley, former chief administrator of Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, announced her candidacy in the...more

Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Exemptions Expanded Under Interim Final Rules

by Benesch on

Last week the Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services (Departments) published rules exempting employers from the contraceptive coverage mandate created under the Affordable...more

Manatt on Health: October 2017

Massachusetts Waiver Amendment Requests Partial Expansion and Closed Formulary - On September 8, 2017, Massachusetts submitted a waiver amendment request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to modify its...more

Federal Court Rules that Section 1557 of Affordable Care Act Prohibits Gender-identity Discrimination in Healthcare

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In a momentous decision that will certainly garner national attention and be subject to appeal, a district court for the Southern District of California has ruled that Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Although the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enjoys broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, lawmakers last week sharply disagreed over how to pay for its renewal – signaling that a final vote could be delayed for...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Issue 29

by Clark Hill PLC on

Hurricane Supplemental Includes $29B for Disaster Aid and Flood Insurance: Of the $29B, the National Flood Insurance Program will receive $16B to pay flood claims. The House plans to pass the bill next week and the Senate the...more

Senate Pulls ACA Repeal and Replace Vote; Congress to Work on Renewing CHIP Funding; HHS Secretary Price Resigns

by King & Spalding on

Last week, Senate Republicans scrapped plans to vote on the ACA repeal and replace bill authored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). Senate Republicans had planned to use the budget reconciliation...more

Trump Administration Seeks Stakeholder Input on New Direction

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released an informal request for information (“RFI”) seeking stakeholder feedback on the future direction of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

With congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on hold at least for now, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate HELP Committee are seeking to rekindle their work to shore up the health law’s...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Republicans’ last-ditch effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) suffered potentially fatal blows as GOP senators in recent days voiced either outright opposition to or serious reservations about legislation pushed by...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Republican senators pushing a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) say they are within one vote of having the support needed to pass their bill. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 26

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Finishes Work on Its Annual Appropriations Bills, For Now: The House narrowly passed a $1.2 trillion package of spending bills to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2018 by a vote of 211-198. Amendments offered to the...more

Are You In Compliance With The Notice Requirements of the Nondiscrimination Rules?

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities. Covered Entities that receive Federal financial...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

The chairman of a Senate healthcare committee outlined a key test for stabilizing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) shaky individual marketplace: Both Republicans and Democrats will have to give a little. That formula has...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 23

by Clark Hill PLC on

CBO Confirms Size of Breach of Defense Cap for FY18 Bills: The House FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill scheduled to be taken up in September would bust the Defense cap by $72 billion. This would cause the Office of Management...more

New Guidance on Coverage for Eating Disorders

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services recently released a frequently asked question (“FAQ”) regarding the implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction...more

Telehealth Remains a Top Priority for Advancing Quality Health Care

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Even with the prospect of Obamacare repeal and replace on the backburner for now, the federal government continues to focus on health care. Following August recess, Congress will have less than four weeks to work through...more

Transgender Benefits Revisited?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a series of tweets published on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced a ban on transgender service in the armed forces. In the wake of this reversal of government policy, employers may question the current state of...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Senate Republicans face a key procedural vote this week that would allow for debate of their healthcare legislation, but significant uncertainty remains about whether GOP senators can meet that procedural hurdle, what the...more

The End … of Act II

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The hero has disappeared in a cloud of suspicion and is presumed dead, so much so that supposed friends are found to be celebrating his passing. This is just as it should be at the end of Act II. Remember when Republicans...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Delayed Senate Health Vote Boon to GOP or Just Prolonging the Inevitable? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement that he would delay a key procedural vote scheduled for this week on the Republicans’...more

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