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Health Care Provisions in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday, February 9, President Trump signed The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “2018 Act”) into law. Among other things, the 2018 Act makes changes to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”),...more

The Trump Administration Proposes a Budget Increase to Fight Healthcare Fraud

by Dickinson Wright on

The Trump administration proposed a budget increase of 19 million to aid in the fight against health care fraud. This showcases the continued (and heightened) importance of anti-fraud programs, especially compared to the...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #12

The House worked a full day today, taking up 14 measures on the floor before handling a full slate of committee meetings. Among the bills adopted by the House were provisions allowing QBE funding to follow students being...more

Significant Changes in Healthcare Laws Enacted Through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018: Stark, Civil and Criminal Penalties,...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 9, President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (“BBA”) into law. The BBA funds the federal government through March 23 and included a bipartisan agreement to increase annual spending authority for a...more

New Therapeutic Goods legislation: what you need to know

by Dentons on

The Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No.1) Bill 2017 and the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017 passed through both Houses on 15 February 2018. The bills have yet to receive Royal Assent....more

Association Health Plans and the Sale of Group Health Insurance “Across State Lines”

In advance of issuing the Executive Order that culminated in the promulgation by the Department of Labor of proposed regulations expanding the availability of Association Health Plans, President Trump announced that one of...more

Key Health Care Provisions of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

by Baker Donelson on

The wide-reaching Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA), passed by Congress and signed by the President on February 9, 2018, extends and modifies dozens of health care programs, including extending funding for two years for...more

New ACA Regulation: HHS Proposes Expanded Access to Short-Term Insurance

by Baker Donelson on

On February 20, 2018, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule to expand the availability of Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance (STLDI). Building on President Trump's...more

School District Ordered to Allow Student to Use Medical Marijuana in Classroom

by Ruder Ware on

A recent decision from a federal court in Illinois has opened the door to significant debate regarding the use of medical marijuana in a school setting. The Schaumburg, IL School District has been ordered to allow an...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

With the end of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle fast approaching, Beacon Hill’s agenda for the coming months has begun to take shape. All major policymaking will need to be concluded by the end of formal sessions on July 31,...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #10

After breaking for Washington’s Birthday, the General Assembly began its all-out sprint to Crossover Day today with both chambers finishing their work before lunch only to reconvene in a flurry of committee meetings. ...more

Georgia General Assembly Considering New Background Check Legislation

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The Georgia General Assembly is considering new legislation that would implement a comprehensive program of national fingerprint background checks for Georgia long-term care facilities. If passed, Senate Bill 406, the...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

New York May Consider Recreational Marijuana Legalization

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

New York is currently taking steps to investigate the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in New York. In July 2017 we talked about the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”), S.3040B/A.3506B, in...more

President's Budget on Health Care: Entitlement Reform, Opioid Funding, and Cuts to Health Programs

by Baker Donelson on

Note: All fiscal estimates cited over a ten-year budget window refer to the Fiscal Year 2019-2028 budget window. The President's fiscal year 2019 (FY19) budget proposal for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 7

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Wrap-up. House Appropriators are trying to finish drafting the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill by March 14 in order to give Congress enough time to pass...more

Trump Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget and Healthcare Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request, titled "An American Budget." Unlike last year's budget, which was released in late May, the release of this budget conforms to the typical...more

2018 Budget Act Eases Stark Law Requirements, Increases AKS and CMP Penalties

by Jones Day on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law on February 9, 2018, imposes changes on health care fraud and abuse laws that appear to reflect Congress's desire to reduce the draconian threat of strict liability under the...more

Protecting the conscience and religious beliefs of health care workers

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Trump administration has created a new division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) tasked with protecting the moral and religious beliefs of health care workers. ...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Enacts Changes to Employee Retirement and Health Benefit Plans, and Medicare

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following a brief shutdown of the federal government, on February 9, Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Budget Act), which provides Congress until March 23 to...more

Employment Law This Week®: Delivery Driver Ruled Independent Contractor, Parental Leave Proposal, Federal Contractor Audits,...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #9

Wrapping up their legislative week, the Senate adopted two provisions today closely watched by state agencies and local school districts. First, the Senate adopted its version of HB 683, the Amended FY 2018 Budget, by a vote...more

340B Update: Trump Administration’s 2019 Budget and White House Council of Economic Advisors Signal Further Changes to 340B...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration released its fiscal year (“FY”) 2019 budget request to Congress outlining several proposals related to the 340B Drug Pricing Program (the “340B Program”) including a modification...more

GME Recommendations in the President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal - President Trump's FY 2019 budget proposal calls for structural...

by Dentons on

On February 12, 2018, the Trump administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request. Published on an annual basis, presidential budget requests do not set the federal budget, but rather are "messaging" documents...more

The Bipartisan Budget Act Boosts Medicare: Flexibility and Financing for Healthcare Plans and Providers

On Friday, February 9, 2018, President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Budget”), a two-year budget which, in significant part, made substantial revisions to Medicare, including the Medicare Advantage (MA)...more

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