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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

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

The shutdown countdown feels more real this time. Congress now has four days to hash out a spending deal that avoids a government shutdown. A deal could include any number of legislative priorities. DACA talks were...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 2

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Shutdown Watch: 4 Days. The government will run out of money on Friday if it does not pass another short-term spending bill. Last week it looked like Congress was close to negotiating a short-term continuing resolution that...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

House Republicans will gather tonight for a GOP-only meeting to plot strategy on passing a stopgap budget bill, but a breakdown among key senators on separate immigration legislation has elevated the risk of a government...more

2018 New York Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

New York State legislators made their annual return to Albany for the start of the 2018 legislative session with no shortage of issues to deal with. The state is facing its first major budget crunch since Governor Andrew...more

Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review

by Alston & Bird on

On January 8, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a rule entitled, Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment. The VA revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for...more

CMS Proposes New Voluntary Bundled Payment Model

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On January 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new voluntary bundled-payment demonstration program, also known as Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced. The new model will test...more

Azar’s Nomination Hearing Highlights Medicare Negotiation of Part B Drug Prices

On January 9th, the Senate Committee on Finance conducted its nomination hearing of Alex Michael Azar II, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Under President George W. Bush, Mr. Azar served...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

Vermont Legislative Update 1-5-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

The merger between the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development as proposed by the Scott Administration is off the table, but work that was spawned by consideration of the idea has gathered...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

With less than two weeks before another deadline to avert a government shutdown, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill say they’re cautiously optimistic about crafting a budget agreement that also would include several key...more

Beltway Buzz - January, 2017

Welcome to the first edition of the 2018 Beltway Buzz. While political and policy discussions are beginning to heat up again in our nation’s capital, the weather is not....more

ML Strategies – 2018 Health Care Preview

Happy New Year!?! 2017 was an eventful year for health care, and now we can all sit back and relax with very little concern that major health policy will be on the table in 2018. Right? Why must Speaker Ryan ruin our...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies - January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. We find ourselves in a familiar position as Congress has until January 19th to pass a government - funding bill. CHIP and the extenders remain in limbo, and Republicans and Democrats are...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week ahead of more self-imposed deadlines to resolve a series of thorny healthcare policies, including funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the rest of the...more

Congress Passes Government Funding Measures

by Baker Donelson on

On December 21, Congress passed a bill to continue funding the government through January 19, 2018, averting a potential government shutdown ahead of the December 22, 2017, deadline for the previous funding measure. The House...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 40

by Clark Hill PLC on

Busy January: Congress has left town with a long list of items that it will need to handle in January and throughout the first quarter of 2018. The continuing resolution that Congress just passed only funds the government...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – December 2017 #3

Republicans enter this week on target to pass a sweeping tax reform package after securing support from Senators Corker (TN) and Rubio (FL). Additionally Susan Collins (ME) applauded the “inclusion of multiple amendments,”...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 39

by Clark Hill PLC on

Tax Vote This Week: After Senators Corker and Rubio announced their support of the tax bill on Friday afternoon, both Chambers announced their plans to move forward with voting on the compromise tax package this week. The...more

Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review

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On December 11, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a guidance entitled, Product Name Placement, Size, and Prominence in Promotional Labeling and Advertisements. The guidance clarifies the requirements for...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: CHIP, OTHER HEALTH PROVISIONS AT RISK AS DEADLINE NEARS - Renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a host of other healthcare provisions hang in the balance as congressional Republicans...more

Memo to Massachusetts Employers for 2018 and 2019: How Not to Comply with the EMAC New Rules

In a November 20, 2017 post, we reported on Massachusetts’ passage of H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” (the “Act”), the purpose of which is to shore up the finances of the...more

What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – December 2017 #2

This week, Republican efforts to pass a tax reform package is likely to come to a head with the clock running out on 2017. The Conference Committee will meet on Wednesday in hopes of putting the finishing touches on a bill...more

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