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Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #11

Sixteen more days! But, who is counting? Sine Die is quickly approaching, marking an end to Georgia’s 2018 legislative session. Thus, committees in the House and Senate are now meeting in earnest as lawmakers introduce their...more

South Carolina Insurance Department Amends Privacy Regulations

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The South Carolina Department of Insurance recently amended its Privacy of Consumer Financial and Health Information provisions (Regulation 69-58) to eliminate the annual privacy notice requirements for financial institutions...more

Latest Challenge to Affordable Care Act Arises in Idaho

The decision of Blue Cross of Idaho to offer health insurance plans that appear to violate federal law begins the latest chapter in the continuing saga of the Affordable Care Act’s increasingly tenuous existence. Blue Cross...more

Will partisan assault on Obamacare also rack up costs of car insurance?

Although Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration may not want to stop their relentless assault on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, there may be other reasons to persuade them to do so....more

The New Option in Town: Applying for the Low Volume Appeals Settlement

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In November 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new settlement options for providers and suppliers stuck in the backlog of the Medicare appeals process. One of the new options available is the...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – February 2018 #2

We closed last week with a budget deal that addressed nearly every health care stakeholder issue. With 2017 finally over, we begin 2018 with the next budget. This week the Administration will release its FY 2019 budget and...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #6

Lawmakers hit the ground running today with Legislative Day 19, riding on good news on tax revenues that emerged late last week. On Friday, Governor Deal announced that the state’s tax revenues for the month of January were...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #2

The General Assembly returned to work today with a fresh spirit of cooperation. After delaying action Thursday on the compromise version of HB 159, the much-debated adoption bill, the Senate voted 53-2 to approve the...more

Nursing Facility Discounts Approved in OIG Advisory Opinion 17-08

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The OIG created an opening for nursing facility discounts to private payors when it approved a startup company's proposal to create a network of nursing facilities willing to offer discounts on the daily rates charged to...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018

Although all signs this morning pointed to a quiet day under the Gold Dome, the halls quickly became abuzz with news of a compromise on HB 159, the adoption bill authored by Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta). The masses got their...more

The Risks of Older Drivers Using Medicare instead of Michigan No-Fault Auto Insurance

by Michigan Auto Law on

By allowing seniors to opt out of No Fault for Medicare, SB 787 jeopardizes seniors’ medical and financial health after a car crash - It sounds good, at first. Allowing senior and elderly drivers to opt out of Michigan...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Insurance deals power financial services M&A

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Insurance assets are attracting dealmakers due to low capital requirements and steady cash flows. Established fintech providers are using M&A to expand geographically....more

Aetna $17.2 Million Breach Settlement Brings Lessons for Handling Health Data

by Hogan Lovells on

Aetna will pay almost $17.2 million to settle a federal class action lawsuit stemming from a 2017 mailing that disclosed the HIV status of health plan members. ...more

As Congress Struggles With ACA Repeal, Trump Administration Moves Forward With Regulatory Reform

The Trump administration and Republican-led Congress spent substantial time and political capital in 2017 on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enact sweeping Medicaid reform. By the end of the...more

2018 Budget Deal Delays Several Affordable Care Act Taxes and Fees

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On January 22, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 195 (hereinafter referred to as the “2018 Budget Deal”) which ended the federal government shutdown and funds the federal government through February 8, 2018. In...more

Beltway Buzz - January, 2018 #4

Crisis (Largely) Averted. On the evening of January 22, President Trump signed a continuing resolution that ended the brief weekend government shutdown and that will keep the lights on and trains running until February 8. It...more

New York Executive Budget Proposes Corporate Ownership of Retail Clinics, Tax on Not-for-Profit Health Insurance Conversions

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his proposed $168 billion budget for fiscal year 2019, which proposes several changes to New York’s healthcare landscape. Among other things, the budget contains amendments that would...more

The Department of Labor’s Proposed Association Health Plan Regulation: Who Wins, Who Loses?

In last week’s post we explained the changes made by a newly proposed Department of Labor regulation, the purpose of which is make it easier for small employers to band together to form “association health plans” (“AHPs”). In...more

New Tax Overhaul and Government Funding Measures: What's in It for Health Care?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In the week before Christmas, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law the final Republican tax overhaul bill. While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the new tax bill taking...more

Massachusetts to (Again) Require Health Care Reporting by Employers

Massachusetts employers with 6 or more employees will soon be required to prepare and file a new health care reporting form referred to as the “healthcare coverage form.” While reminiscent of the now repealed “Health...more

Arizona District Court Rejects Discovery of Medical Expert's Previous Reports in Bad Faith Case

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Cheatwood v. Christian Brothers Services, 2018 WL 287389 (D. Ariz. Jan. 4, 2018) (Unpublished) (Order), a bad faith case arising from a health benefits claim, the Arizona District Court quashed portions of...more

Thank You IRS - Extensions for This Year’s ACA Tax Reporting

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The “Bottom Line” - Employers will have until March 2, 2018 to furnish Form 1095-C (“Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage”) to employees.,,...more

Massachusetts Employers Should Prepare for Penalties and Other Changes to Law Regarding Health Care Contributions

In August 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” which became effective on January 1, 2018, and will remain on the books through the end of the 2019...more

Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance Issues Final Regulations Implementing the EMAC Supplemental

As we reported in a previous post, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in August 2017 signed into law H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care” (the “Act”). Among other things, the law...more

ML Strategies Outlook: Health Care

“We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit” Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. Happy New Year!?! - 2017 was an eventful year for health care, and...more

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