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Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #6

After a busy committee workday yesterday with legislators attempting to move last-minute propositions through the legislative gauntlet, lawmakers returned to the Capitol today to consider bills and resolutions on their...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #13

The House and Senate capped off a busy pre-Crossover week with several weighty propositions on their respective floors. In the Senate, members considered the “Keep Faith and Freedom in Adoption and Foster Care Act”, a...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medicaid Expansion May Reduce Medical Divorce Rates

Medical divorce is a term coined some years ago to describe a divorce obtained for medical reasons. More specifically, according to an article by George Diepenbrock, researchers defined “medical divorce” as “an instance where...more

Medicaid Forecast: Slower Enrollment Growth and Higher Spending Growth for FY 2017 – 2018: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget...

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On October 19, Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates hosted a joint briefing to release their 17th Annual 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for state fiscal years (FY) 2017 and 2018. The survey highlights...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - It was back to business as usual this week in Harrisburg, as the Senate returned for three days of voting session. While not in session, the House of Representatives was also busy, holding some public...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

Trump Administration Will No Longer Make Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments to Insurers; States Sue

by King & Spalding on

On October 12, 2017, the White House press office announced that the Trump Administration would no longer make cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers, which it referred to as a “bailout of insurance companies...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

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

BC Healthcare Restructuring Update: R CSR’s O-U-T? Less U.S. Gov’t $$ = More 11s . . . ?

by Bryan Cave on

Ok, if your attention span is anything like ours, all this wonky stuff about the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act (or “ObamaCare,” as most of us know it) causes your eyes to glaze over and makes your mind wander to...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

California Enacts Bill on Drug Pricing Transparency

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 9, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law what may be the most comprehensive prescription drug pricing transparency bill in the country. The bill, SB-17, is intended to foster transparency in...more

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