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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update

A degree of uncertainty hangs over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) following the November 2017 resignation of its first director, Richard Cordray. On his last day in office, Cordray appointed his chief of...more

2018 Tax Reform Series: Goodbye To The Individual Mandate

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

This is the seventh article in our series covering various tax and employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. Once significant change made by the...more

Continuing Resolution Proposal to Extend Funding for the Federal Government

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Overview - On Jan. 16, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) introduced a continuing resolution (CR), which would fund the federal government until Feb. 16. Congress has...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

Have the Reports of the Affordable Care Act’s Death Been Greatly Exaggerated?

The December 2017 Tax Reform Bill and the Repeal of the ACA’s Individual Mandate - The tax reform bill signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, notably includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 38

by Clark Hill PLC on

One Shutdown Averted, Countdown Begins Again: With the government funded through December 22, House and Senate leadership are shifting their focus on how to structure a long-term spending deal that would include an increase...more

GOP Tax Legislation Poses Challenges to the Health Care Industry

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have both passed their tax reform bills and will now confer toward creating a unified bill that both chambers can support, and that President Trump will sign. The two bills differ...more

ML Strategies December 2017 Legislative Preview

The culmination of the year’s legislative activity all comes down to the month of December – so buckle up. Congress will need to pass a government spending bill by December 8th, and this bill is expected to carry a...more

Affordable Care Act Initially Fades from Spotlight; Reemerges in Senate Republicans' Latest Tax Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

After dominating the agenda for most of 2017, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seemed to take a backseat at first as Republicans shifted their focus to enacting tax legislation. The initial momentum behind the bipartisan...more

Tax Reform Could Indirectly Eliminate Direct Pay Subsidy For Outstanding Tax Credit Bonds

by Bracewell LLP on

An article released by The Bond Buyer on November 14, 2017, reports that, if Congress were to pass the proposed legislation released by the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2017...more

HVCRE Reform is HOT HOT HOT: Pittenger Bill Progresses to Senate

by Dechert LLP on

Add HVCRE reform to the list of things that have bi-partisan support (currently on the list: flag pins and banning the use of Twitter in the White House). On Tuesday, the House passed (with bi-partisan support…which should...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – November 2017

Following House passage of a CHIP reauthorization package, the bill heads to the Senate where it faces an uncertain path forward. First, there’s no indication the Senate is ready to give the House package real consideration....more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 32

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Narrowly Passes 2018 Budget Resolution: The House passed the Senate’s version of the budget resolution by a vote of 216-212 allowing Republicans to begin their work on tax reform. The budget resolution calls for...more

Special Needs Plans: A Minibus Rider

As Part of an ongoing series, we have previously provided details on the structure, funding, and evaluation of the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood, Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, Medicare therapy caps, and community health...more

Effects of Insurance Marketplace Uncertainty

Even as Senators continue to consider “Graham-Cassidy,” the latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal legislation, insurance markets are already reacting to uncertainty and instability brought about by persistent GOP efforts to...more

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

Welcome back everybody. The House is out this week and the Senate is out Thursday and Friday with a lot to sort out before they skip town. Graham-Cassidy has people on edge because, if nothing else, it is still alive. The...more

GOP senators trying to sneak in one more push to repeal, replace Obamacare

As the 40th President of the United States used to mutter, well, there they go again. The Republicans in the 115th Congress apparently will make another go at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, what may be...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017 #4

Following the dramatic conclusion of the failed vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it appears the Senate will pivot to other issues, namely the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). However, the...more

ACA Repeal: Deciphering The Path Ahead

The U.S. Senate’s efforts to craft a health care reform bill that would fulfill the promise of dismantling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been plagued by partisanship, secrecy, disagreement and...more

Manatt on Health: July 2017 #2

The Senate is poised to vote today, July 25, 2017, on a motion to proceed (MTP) to debate on repealing and possibly replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The MTP allows the Senate to consider the House repeal and replace...more

Special Edition: Key BCRA Policy Concerns

Congressional action on repeal and replace took a number of significant turns in the past few days, and next steps still remain uncertain. On Monday evening, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) joined Senators...more

Can People Losing Medicaid Under BCRA Afford Marketplace Coverage?

Next steps regarding Congressional action on repeal and replace remain uncertain, with the President again supporting repeal coupled with replace, members attempting to bridge their differences over the Better Care...more

Senate Timing Uncertain on Revised Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by King & Spalding on

On July 13, 2017, the Senate released its revised Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), along with updated summaries (Titles I and II, and Title III) of the...more

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

Welcome back everybody. The absence of Senator John McCain (AZ) – who is recovering at home from a craniotomy – has caused Senate Republicans to delay consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) previously...more

Senate Health Care Bill 2.0: Implications for Health Care Stakeholders

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The new version of the Senate Republicans’ draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), was released July 13. This second pass includes changes meant to...more

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