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2018 New York Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

New York State legislators made their annual return to Albany for the start of the 2018 legislative session with no shortage of issues to deal with. The state is facing its first major budget crunch since Governor Andrew...more

General Report from the Iowa Statehouse

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week the second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly convened and is scheduled to last 100 days. However, the Republicans, which are the majority party in both chambers, made it clear that they are aiming to adjourn...more

Rather Than Ending Medical Expense Deduction, Final Tax Bill Expands It

Included in the new tax bill, signed by President Trump on December 22, is a provision that could provide some temporary relief for families with high medical expenses....more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Healthcare Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Azar’s Nomination Hearing Highlights Medicare Negotiation of Part B Drug Prices

On January 9th, the Senate Committee on Finance conducted its nomination hearing of Alex Michael Azar II, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Under President George W. Bush, Mr. Azar served...more

2017 Tax Reform and Its Effects on Healthcare

by Dickinson Wright on

Over the past decade, the Healthcare Industry has been accustom to being center stage in political debates, but while medical providers and facilities did not have a prominent role in the latest political drama, the far...more

2018 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

After clearing the cobwebs from the General Assembly's levers of power, Georgia lawmakers arriving in Atlanta today will find no shortage of thorny propositions awaiting them: budget priorities, rural development and...more

Issue 117: DOL Issues Proposed Rules On Association Health Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and seventeenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis...more

Vermont Legislative Update 1-5-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

The merger between the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development as proposed by the Scott Administration is off the table, but work that was spawned by consideration of the idea has gathered...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

With less than two weeks before another deadline to avert a government shutdown, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill say they’re cautiously optimistic about crafting a budget agreement that also would include several key...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 1

by Clark Hill PLC on

Another short-term continuing resolution is all but guaranteed as the current continuing resolution will expire later this month and budget talks last week did not result in a deal or hint at one in the near future. As the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature Convenes - On January 3, 2018, the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature convened to begin its review of more than 400 bills. Some of the larger issues facing...more

[Event] 4th Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - March 7th, Los Angeles, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

On March 7, 2018, Nossaman LLP and California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) will host the 4th Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar in Los Angeles. This annual event brings together industry experts to...more

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rules Expanding Access to Association Health Plans

On October 12, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order concerning a number of health plan market initiatives. One of the items included in the Executive Order was a directive to the Secretary of Labor to issue proposed...more

ML Strategies – 2018 Health Care Preview

Happy New Year!?! 2017 was an eventful year for health care, and now we can all sit back and relax with very little concern that major health policy will be on the table in 2018. Right? Why must Speaker Ryan ruin our...more

Danish medicinal cannabis pilot scheme

by DLA Piper on

On 15 December 2017, the Danish Parliament adopted by unanimous vote a new Act on a pilot scheme on cannabis for medicinal use (the “Cannabis Act”)....more

340B Drug Pricing Program Litigation Update

In November of last year, we wrote about a preliminary injunction being sought by hospital advocacy groups attempting to stop implementation of the Trump administration’s cuts to the 340B Drug Pricing Program (“340B...more

End Of 2017 Marked By Scaling Back Of Obama Era Nursing Home Financial Penalties Under The Trump Administration

by Cozen O'Connor on

CMS outlined changes to the nursing home survey process in a October 2017 memo to state survey agency directors, which scaled down the use and severity of civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for certain nursing home deficiencies....more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week ahead of more self-imposed deadlines to resolve a series of thorny healthcare policies, including funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the rest of the...more

Summary of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

The Effects Of Tax Reform On The Affordable Care Act: An Attempt At Death By A Thousand Cuts

by Cozen O'Connor on

The sweeping Republican tax reform bill, H.R. 1 (115), was passed by Congress on Wednesday afternoon, and signed by President Trump today. Although the President said on Wednesday that, “ObamaCare has been repealed in this...more

President Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill Into Law

December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a sweeping tax reform bill passed by the House and the Senate on Wednesday that will materially affect virtually every sector in the economy, including, perhaps to a greater...more

9 million reasons to doubt Trump-GOP argument that Obamacare is dead

Millions of ordinary Americans closed out 2017 with a powerful message to the Trump Administration and GOP lawmakers about the nation’s health care. Despite efforts to make it harder to re-enlist for insurance plans,...more

Congress Passes Government Funding Measures

by Baker Donelson on

On December 21, Congress passed a bill to continue funding the government through January 19, 2018, averting a potential government shutdown ahead of the December 22, 2017, deadline for the previous funding measure. The House...more

New Tax Plan Changes Rules on Health Coverage, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

by Baker Donelson on

While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the final Republican tax cut bill includes several provisions expected to impact health care coverage and expenses. First, the bill effectively repeals...more

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