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GAO Report: Medicare Reimbursement Policies Impede Telehealth Adoption

Although telehealth has the potential to improve or maintain quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, payment and coverage restrictions create barriers that prevent providers from fully utilizing telehealth technologies....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Compressed Committee Activity - Over the next four to six weeks, the Maine legislature’s...more

Shutdown Landscape

by Bryan Cave on

The federal government is poised to shutdown at midnight on April 28 unless Congress can pass a funding bill and send it to President Trump for his signature. With this deadline looming, Republicans and Democrats on the...more

House Financial Services Committee Plans Major Changes to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

One of the cornerstones of the Republican platform during the 2016 elections was to undertake a major overhaul of the Dodd-Frank Act, the landmark Obama-era law that spurred over 22,000 pages of new regulations and...more

NC Legislative Update: April 2017 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers returned Wednesday after taking a recess for the Easter Holiday. A short, but hectic week ensued as Committees in both chambers worked to move a flood of bills to the floor ahead of the crossover...more

Changes to Georgia’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Await Governor’s Signature

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

During the 2017-2018 Georgia General Assembly legislative session, the House and Senate voted to approve HB249, a bill that would make several changes to the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). HB249 was sent...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Recess Ends, Budget Negotiations Begin

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature returned from its break Tuesday, April 18 with five weeks to complete their work before May 22, the constitutionally mandated adjournment date. Most of the week was spent appointing conferees for...more

A Spring Cheat Sheet to Congressional Health Care Policy

Welcome back, friends. While the next stretch likely won’t have the drama of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), there will be plenty happening. There are deadlines that require decisive action on behalf of stakeholders and...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

Congress returns with Trump pressing anew for ACA repeal/replace, but with what?

Welcome back, Republicans in Congress. When you went home for spring break, constituents made raucous complaints, if you held town halls, about the GOP’s failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare....more

Australian Consumer Law Review

by DLA Piper on

On 19 April 2017 the final report of the Australian Consumer Law Review, conducted by Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand, was publically released. The review was initiated in mid-2015, and involved a broad ranging...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/24-4/28

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week... Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - It was a busy week in Harrisburg with both chambers in session at the same time in over a month. Monday wasn’t a voting session day, but the House Aging and Older Adult Services, House Health, and...more

It’s April, and New Bills “Spring” Forth in the California Legislature

by Fisher Phillips on

“Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise.” – Wallace Stevens - Ah, spring. Birds are chirping. Flowers are blooming. Backyard gardens are awaking from their long winter slumber. - But blossoms...more

2017 California Labor and Employment Legislative Update: What to Watch

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Back from Spring Break, and Back to Work: Our List of L&E Bills to Watch in the remainder of the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session. ...more

Congressional Leaders Seek Input in UFA Reauthorization Draft Bill by April 28, 2017

On April 14, 2017, leaders from the Senate HELP Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee released the first discussion draft of the 2017 FDA user fee reauthorization bill. As we’ve been reporting, these two...more

Gov. Haslam's IMPROVE Act (Tax Cut Act of 2017) Heads to TN Senate & House for Vote - Legislative Update - Tennessee General...

A gas (tax) explosion was diverted this week in the House Finance Committee. If you will remember, last week House Speaker Beth Harwell announced she was working on an amendment to the transportation plan. Well, Rep. David...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Though the legislature was not in Harrisburg for session this week, there’s still some news you can use from the capital city. While this year’s primary may seem a little sleepy, we’ve now got a little...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/17-4/21

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Maine Municipal Law Update: Biennial Budget, Marijuana Legalization & Opportunity Agenda

by PretiFlaherty on

Maine's Biennial Budget - Legislative work continues to steadily flow in Augusta, Maine as more bills are taken up by policy committees and many of them are meeting passage or being killed. In addition, the state’s...more

The Latest on School Funding Legislation and Litigation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The issue of school funding reform is being addressed on many fronts this year. In Springfield, proponents of funding reform and the evidence based model continue their efforts at legislative change. Meanwhile, school...more

House Amends the American Health Care Act: Where Will It Lead?

by Perkins Coie on

On the last day before the U.S. Congress began its spring recess, the U.S. House of Representatives amended the now consolidated bill H.R. 1628, known as the American Health Care Act (the AHCA). We previously discussed the...more

Tackling Tax Reform – Where We Are and Where We’re Headed

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This is the first of a series of posts on Tax Reform. In this series, I will be covering: what Tax Reform means, the legislative process for enacting it, the likely timing of its arrival, the estate & gift tax and income tax...more

Federal and State Antitrust Enforcement Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In this first of a three-part...more

NC Legislative Update: April 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers plan to take a one-week reprieve from legislating next week for the Easter Holiday. Members of the House and Senate will be in Raleigh for the first part of the week, but will recess after Tuesday...more

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