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The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

In the last few weeks we have talked to hundreds of employers about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 6. Many of you have asked about the AHCA, how it might...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 8: An Employer’s Guide to the Collapse of the American Health Care Act (Spoiler...

The stunning failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (which we previously reported on here) has political and policy implications that we cannot forecast. Nor it is it clear to...more

Affordable Care Act Survives Again; Repeal and Replace Bill Withdrawn

As has been widely reported, proponents of the American Health Care Act withdrew the bill from consideration before the full House of Representatives could vote on it last Friday. Early statements suggest there is no...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Testimony on Tax Surcharge Bills - This week, the Legislature’s Taxation Committee heard...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: House, Senate Roll Out Transportation Funding Packages

With policy committee deadlines out of the way, legislators turned their attention to omnibus finance and tax bills. Finance and tax committees in both the House and Senate spent the week compiling bills, taking public...more

Health Care Reform Update – American Health Care Act Shelved

The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the legislation intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), was shelved on Friday, March 24, 2017, ending for now efforts to repeal the ACA. The AHCA, described in...more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #4

This Week - The week began Monday evening with Gov. Cooper’s (D) State of the State address to a joint session of the North Carolina General Assembly. In his address Cooper outlined his goals for the direction in which...more

The ACA Survives…Again

We feel like a broken record, because we’ve said it before: the Affordable Care Act is still here. We said the same thing after each of two Supreme Court challenges to central portions of the law, both of which (in 2012 and...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Alert

House and Senate lawmakers finalized negotiations Wednesday to marry competing variations of the state's 2018 spending blueprint, a record $25 billion in state appropriations that includes pay raises for tens of thousands of...more

HHS and Medicare Asked to Expand Coverage for Genetic Tests

Fifteen members of Congress have asked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Medicare) to examine how the federal government can help improve patient access to genetic...more

Will the Trumpcare fiasco mean that health care is finally accepted as a right?

A GOP assault on American health care has been turned aside, for now. But major questions have been exposed that will need answering if we as a country are ever to come together over health care. Do we recognize that health...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This week was the first time this year that both the House of Representatives and Senate were in session. That made for a busy few days at the Capitol. On Monday, the House and Senate Education...more

Two Bureau of Land Management Regulations on Life Support Under President Trump

The Trump Administration has signaled its intent to pull the plug on two rules issued by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") in 2015 and 2016. Legal and legislative developments over the next...more

Congress has Voted to Kill OSHA’s “Volks Rule – So What Does that Really Mean?

If one listens to various Democrat and labor talking heads, you would think that Congress has rolled back 40 years of worker protections by passing a resolution killing the new OSHA rule, which permitted OSHA to cite...more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #3

The Week - Last Friday, a three-judge panel issued a split decision in the ongoing legal battle between the State’s executive and legislative branches. The panel ruled that the Senate did in fact have the authority to...more

The Transition to Value-Based Health Care: A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days

“A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days,” the inaugural segment of our value-based health care teleconference series, was hosted by Thomas Bulleit, who heads the Ropes & Gray health care practice in the...more

Healthcare Reform: Where is it Heading?

While there have been several reports about the prospects of the American Health Care Act (“AHCA,” “Trumpcare” or “Ryancare,” depending on who you ask), please be mindful that in 2009-10, many people thought the Affordable...more

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

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Priorities Take Shape as Second Deadline Looms

Legislators and committees are racing to meet the second deadline, which occurs at midnight tonight. All policy bills must be approved by committees in both the Minnesota House and Senate by this deadline to remain viable as...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Thanks to Winter Storm Stella, the House of Representatives made short work of this week’s session; adjourning on Monday afternoon to allow members to have a safe trip back to their districts. There...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Financial Services has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.” The memo...more

Trump’s Budget Blueprint Sets Regulatory Posture

The Trump administration has published its budgetary Blueprint. The Blueprint notes the 2018 Budget is being unveiled sequentially in that the Blueprint provides details only on discretionary funding proposals. The full...more

President’s Budget Blueprint Increases Funds For Health Care Fraud Enforcement

The President has released a “budget blueprint” for fiscal year 2018. Although there are many aspects of the budget blueprint to digest, several budget items signal that government health care fraud enforcement remains a...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/20-3/24

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

2018: California Employment Laws on the Horizon

Are you finally caught up on all of the new California laws taking effect in 2017? Then begin preparing for 2018 because the California legislature has been busy drafting another set of employment related laws. Here is a...more

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