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Beltway Buzz - November, 2017 #3

Tax Bill or Health Bill? It’s Two Bills in One! Caught in a legislative black hole, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot escape efforts to eradicate it—or at least large chunks of it. ...more

Health Alert (Australia) 30 October 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 20 October 2017 - Quach v New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission; Quach v New South Wales Civil and...more

“Who” May Object to the Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, and Why?

by Bryan Cave on

New rules issued by the Trump administration, including both interim final and temporary regulations effective October 6, 2017, significantly expand “who” may object to the Patient Protection and Affordable Coverage Act’s...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #4

D.C. is humming this week, as the Senate and House are both in session after taking turns on recess the past two weeks. 401(k) Pre-Tax Deferrals: An Endangered Species? After being overshadowed by ACA repeal-and-replace...more

Health Care Reform Roundup – Issue 10

After months of failed attempts to pass any health care reform legislation, it appears efforts to pass a bipartisan bill to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are picking up steam. Below is a summary of regent health care...more

Interim Final Rules Expand Contraceptive Coverage Exemption Based on Religious/Moral Beliefs

by Reed Smith on

The Trump Administration has issued interim final rules to make it easier for employers and health insurance plans to qualify for an exemption from ACA rules mandating coverage of contraceptive services without cost sharing...more

Expanding Association Health Plans—Which Agencies Need to do What

On October 13th, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing various federal agencies to consider how to achieve three administration health reform objectives: (1) expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs); (2)...more

Tax and Employee Benefits Policy Under the Trump Administration

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

What Employers Should Know - With any new presidential Administration comes new developments for employers to monitor on a wide variety of topics, and tax and employee benefits policy is no exception. The Trump...more

Executive Orders May Be Asking Too Much of Regulators

by Carlton Fields on

On October 12, President Trump signed Executive Order 13813, asking the Department of Labor (DOL) to consider allowing small employers to join together to self-insure or purchase insurance as a large group (creating...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Will the New Composition of Federal Agencies Effect Change?

by Littler on

Nine months into President Trump’s term, the pace of nominations and appointments to fill critical position within his administration is accelerating. Action on the nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB),...more

ICE Acting Director Confirms Plans For Significantly Higher Worksite Enforcement Activity

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When President Donald Trump issued his first immigration executive orders in January, enforcement was a primary focus. With the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, it was clear that the Administration plans to...more

President Trump Signs New Executive Order To Loosen Insurance Regulations

by King & Spalding on

Following multiple failed attempts by the Republican-led Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on October 12, 2017, President Trump took unilateral action signing an executive order aimed at expanding choices and...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 31

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Senate Adopts Budget Resolution Making Way for Tax Reform: The Senate on a party-line vote of 51-49 adopted its FY18 budget resolution that includes $5.1 trillion in spending reductions and instruction for reconciliation for...more

Health Alert (Australia) 16 October 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) 6 October 2017 - City of Ryde Council v Principal Healthcare Finance Pty Ltd (No 2) [2017] NSWLEC 134 -...more

Health Reform Rollercoaster

by Winstead PC on

When POTUS signed the most recent executive order related to health care reform, it was only a small incremental step to direct the agencies to loosen some rules on health reform that will eventually impact the coverage...more

Executive Order on Association Health Plans Could Benefit Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Stymied by the lack of congressional progress toward repealing, replacing or reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has in recent days issued a number of directives affecting various aspects of the law....more

Back in the Spotlight: The Affordable Care Act Again Takes Center Stage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After a brief lull in activity, recent developments are likely to involve all three branches of government in addressing issues under the Affordable Care Act....more

The Health Care Executive Order and Its Effect on Employee Benefit Options

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In a development with potentially far-reaching ramifications, on October 12, 2017, the President signed Executive Order No. 13813 expressing an executive policy of facilitating, “to the extent consistent with law”, the...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #2

Trump Signs New Executive Order Threatening ACA. Following last month’s senatorial defeat on full repeal-and-replace—after which Congress vowed to move on to tax reform and other lower hanging fruit—the Trump administration...more

Trump, by executive fiat, tries to blow up ACA with cheap, skimpy alternatives

President Trump has made good on his promise to try to blow up the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. His latest, twin executive actions seek to gut the national health insurance program that Republicans have reviled but...more

White House Expands Exemptions to ACA Contraceptive Mandate

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued interim final rules on October 6, 2017, expanding exemptions to protect religious beliefs and moral convictions for certain entities and individuals whose health plans...more

Trump Administration Takes Aim at ACA With AHP Executive Order

Thursday, October 12th, on the heels of the recent and repeated failures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), President Donald Trump signed an executive order nominally aimed at increasing competition in the...more

Trump Administration Pulls the Plug on CSR Payments

After months of veiled threats, President Trump formally announced that his Administration will cease funding Cost-Sharing Reduction (“CSR”) payments, a key component of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) intended to help...more

“Ceasing the CSR’s: Once a Threat, Now A Promise”

by LeClairRyan on

Late in the evening of October 12, 2017, word leaked that the Trump Administration planned to finally carry out its threat to stop the Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments (“CSRs”) under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The...more

“A Strong Pull on the Threads Holding Obamacare Together:” President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Affordable Care Act Executive Order

by LeClairRyan on

President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States” seeks to reform certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare”) by Executive Agency action...more

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