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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal... more +
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal subsidies to reduce the number of uninsured citizens. less -

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

Congressional Leaders Focusing Sights on Nonprofit Hospitals

by King & Spalding on

On February 15, 2018, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and senior committee member Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to David Kautter, acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting...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

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

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 2017 Year in Review

by Barley Snyder on

While the buzz and publicity on the issue has been mainly contained to the worlds of politics, media and entertainment, with recognizable names such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. all facing...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

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

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

White House Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget (Plus an Infrastructure Proposal)

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget - The White House has unveiled President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019, entitled Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget. The Administration has worked for...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

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

Patience is Waning: Courts Start Reversing Themselves on TCPA Stays as Delay on Omnibus Ruling Continues

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It has been 15 months since oral argument in the ACA’s appeal of the FCC’s 2015 Omnibus, and courts are starting to lose patience waiting for a decision by the D.C. Circuit. Last week, two district courts in California...more

Approaching Deadlines for Affordable Care Act Reporting

by Snell & Wilmer on

As we recently reported in our “2017 End of the Year Plan Sponsor To Do List,” applicable large employers must continue to submit to the IRS and to employees information regarding offers of health coverage made to full-time...more

Temporal Proximity Is Not Enough: Third Circuit Nixes FCA/Anti-Kickback Suit For Failure To Link Alleged Scheme to Claims

On January 19, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling granting summary judgment to a specialty pharmacy that was accused of violating the Anti-Kickback Statute and...more

Association Health Plans: Self-Funded vs. Fully-Insured

Recently proposed Department of Labor (Department) regulations governing Association Health Plans (AHPs) would, if made final, permit small employers to be regulated under more favorable, large group rules. The proposed...more

No Further Delays For Enhanced Disability Claims Procedures:

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On December 19, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued final rules that significantly expand the existing claims procedures applicable to ERISA-covered benefit plans that provide disability or other benefits conditioned...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

No Joke: New Disability Regulations To Go Into Effect April 1, 2018

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

People who make a disability claim in the U.S. will have stronger protections when a new rule goes into effect April 1, 2018. Late last year, the Department of Labor released a final rule to strengthen the claims and appeals...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

Nonprofit Hospitals Should Ensure Compliance with Section 501(r)

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added significant new statutory requirements in 2010 that must be met by all hospitals seeking or maintaining exemption from federal income tax as Section 501(c)(3) organizations (charitable...more

House, Senate Proposals to Extend Funding for the Federal Government

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Congress moved one step closer to avoiding a government shutdown on Feb. 6, voting overwhelmingly (245-182) to pass a short-term, GOP-backed government funding bill (text; section-by-section) that would keep the federal...more

How HHS’s New Division in the Office for Civil Rights Will Enforce Rights of Conscience and Religious Freedom

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), it framed a problem and a solution. The press release stated...more

2017 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

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