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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

Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The telemedicine industry has been abuzz upon learning that provider-friendly legislation was included in the new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018. But telehealth...more

2019 White House and HHS Budgets Released: Key Changes to Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Proposed

by Hogan Lovells on

On February 12, 2018, the White House Office of Management and Budget released an overview of the president's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget (the Budget), which makes, among many others, several proposals regarding drug pricing...more

Trump Administration’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget Targets Medicare, Medicaid for Savings, Seeks (Again) to Repeal/Replace ACA

by Reed Smith on

The Trump Administration has released its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal, which includes extensive health policy provisions. While most of the President’s policy proposals for Department of Health and Human Services...more

Senator Collins to Propose Legislation to Lower Drug Costs

by Goodwin on

After a committee hearing on the price of rheumatoid arthritis drugs last week, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced that she is working on a bill designed to lower drug costs. According to Bloomberg Law, the aim of the...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

New Funding Legislation’s Impact on Health Care Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress passed a funding bill early this morning just after the February 8th deadline. The new legislation will make several changes to the Medicare program, delay cuts to disproportionate share hospitals, provide two years...more

2018 Health Law Predictions

2017 was a year in contrasts for the health care delivery system. Congress and President Trump made several attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Controversy about marijuana continued as more states...more

Second 2018 Government Shutdown, Congressional Budget Deal and Healthcare

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Just as everyday Americans were preparing their lives for a second United States government shutdown since the turn of the New Year, President Donald J. Trump signed into law a bipartisan (well, as bipartisan as it gets with...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #8

Happy Valentine’s Day to our readers! While chocolates and flowers poured through the doors of various offices in the State Capitol today, lawmakers were working on a number of important issues, including delving deeper into...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #7

Tax reform came to Georgia today with Governor Nathan Deal announcing the State’s response to last year’s federal tax reform. HB 918, carried by Deal’s floor leader Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), allows Georgia taxpayers...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On February 12, 2018, the White House released the President's Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget, outlining a $4.4 trillion federal budget proposal that prioritizes substantially higher spending on the military and on border...more

FTC testimony underscores agency's views on certificate-of-need laws and competition in health care markets

by Dentons on

Staff from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appeared before the Alaska Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce on February 6, 2018, to present the FTC’s views on certificate-of-need (CON) laws and to support the repeal of...more

White House Unveils Proposal on Drug Pricing

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 9, 2018, the Trump Administration released a 30-page report analyzing domestic and global factors influencing drug pricing. The report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is expected to inform the HHS' Fiscal...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

Blog: Drug Costs Targeted in Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

by Cooley LLP on

Yesterday, the Administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Budget blueprint. The $4.4 trillion Budget blueprint includes several proposals directed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs. These proposals are...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 6

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Work Already Underway. Since the passage of the bipartisan budget deal this past Friday, House and Senate Appropriations Committees have already begun...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

Closed-loop Payment System Proposed for Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

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Two identical bills (“Bills”), H.B. 495 and S.B. 254, were introduced in the past week by Representative Seitz and Senator Terhar that would require medical marijuana entities (cultivator, processors, dispensaries, and...more

Congress Makes Key Changes to Medicare Physician Payment Programs as Part of Short-Term Government Funding Bill

• Congress amended current law to prevent CMS from applying the “MIPS” payment adjustment to separately billed items like drugs and biologics, which will drastically reduce the total amount of payment adjustments to clinical...more

Federal Enforcement Update: Can Again Kicked Down the Road

As we explained in our previous post, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protects against federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act with respect to medical cannabis in states that have legalized it. The Amendment...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018: Major Impacts on Health Care

by Baker Donelson on

After a brief federal government shutdown overnight, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 on February 9, 2018. The Senate voted 71-28 and the House voted 240-186 to approve the...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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TRUMP TO RELEASE FISCAL 2019 BUDGET THIS MORNING - The White House this morning is releasing President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget blueprint, which will include funding requests for HHS, FDA, CMS and dozens of other...more

The New Extender Timeline

Based on the most up-to-date information on the budget deal, we have developed a new timeline for the major health care extenders. This new timeline is important because these provisions were once all tied together and now,...more

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