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Probe Requested by Senator Warren Reveals Losing Move by Trump Administration

by PretiFlaherty on

On January 26, less than a week after President Trump had been inaugurated, his administration canceled key portions of a federal outreach campaign informing the public of the open enrollment for health coverage under the...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20, 2017 warning of an increased danger of a...more

Trump Executive Order Calls for “Healthcare Choice and Competition”

by Reed Smith on

As legislative efforts to replace or reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sputter, President Trump has issued an executive order seeking to expand affordable health insurance choices, “to the extent consistent with law.”...more

Trump Administration Plan to Cut Off CSR Payments Withstands First Court Review

by Reed Smith on

A Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decision to discontinue ACA cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers offering policies through ACA exchanges has cleared its first legal hurdle, with a U.S. district...more

Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray Reach Deal on Short-Term ACA Stabilization Bill

by King & Spalding on

Last week, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced they had reached an agreement on a short-term, bipartisan health insurance...more

Open Enrollment for 2018: Don’t Forget about HIPAA!

With open enrollment in full swing for many employers, now is a good time to review employee benefit communications. Plan sponsors of health plans are generally responsible for properly administering all of the health plan...more

Executive Orders May Be Asking Too Much of Regulators

by Carlton Fields on

On October 12, President Trump signed Executive Order 13813, asking the Department of Labor (DOL) to consider allowing small employers to join together to self-insure or purchase insurance as a large group (creating...more

Assessing President Trump’s “Executive Order Promoting Health Care Choice and Competition”

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (the “Order”) designed to “promote healthcare choice and competition across the United States,” which in effect will allow many Americans to sidestep...more

Update #9: New Executive Orders and Actions Could Reshape ACA in Absence of Legislation

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

After months of Congressional attempts to “repeal and replace” the ACA ended in failure, President Trump has issued an Executive Order and taken other actions that could significantly reshape the health care market. We are...more

Trump Administration Will No Longer Make Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments to Insurers; States Sue

by King & Spalding on

On October 12, 2017, the White House press office announced that the Trump Administration would no longer make cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers, which it referred to as a “bailout of insurance companies...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Will the New Composition of Federal Agencies Effect Change?

by Littler on

Nine months into President Trump’s term, the pace of nominations and appointments to fill critical position within his administration is accelerating. Action on the nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB),...more

CLIENT ALERT: IRS Announces Increases For Health FSAs And HSAs For 2018

by Fraser Trebilcock on

The IRS has just released its 2018 annual inflation adjustments, in which it announced that the dollar limitation under Code section 125 on voluntary employee salary reductions for contribution to health flexible spending...more

President Trump Signs New Executive Order To Loosen Insurance Regulations

by King & Spalding on

Following multiple failed attempts by the Republican-led Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on October 12, 2017, President Trump took unilateral action signing an executive order aimed at expanding choices and...more

Alexander, Murray Announce Bipartisan Proposal on Market Stabilization

by Baker Donelson on

On October 17, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced they had agreed on a proposal for a narrow, short-term individual market...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #3

Deal or No Deal? Bipartisan ACA Agreement Faces Challenges. A bipartisan agreement forged by senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) that would temporarily restore funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) is...more

Health Reform Rollercoaster

by Winstead PC on

When POTUS signed the most recent executive order related to health care reform, it was only a small incremental step to direct the agencies to loosen some rules on health reform that will eventually impact the coverage...more

Executive Order on Association Health Plans Could Benefit Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Stymied by the lack of congressional progress toward repealing, replacing or reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has in recent days issued a number of directives affecting various aspects of the law....more

BC Healthcare Restructuring Update: R CSR’s O-U-T? Less U.S. Gov’t $$ = More 11s . . . ?

by Bryan Cave on

Ok, if your attention span is anything like ours, all this wonky stuff about the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act (or “ObamaCare,” as most of us know it) causes your eyes to glaze over and makes your mind wander to...more

Back in the Spotlight: The Affordable Care Act Again Takes Center Stage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After a brief lull in activity, recent developments are likely to involve all three branches of government in addressing issues under the Affordable Care Act....more

The Health Care Executive Order and Its Effect on Employee Benefit Options

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In a development with potentially far-reaching ramifications, on October 12, 2017, the President signed Executive Order No. 13813 expressing an executive policy of facilitating, “to the extent consistent with law”, the...more

Health Insurance for U.S. Employees - A New Option for an Old Problem

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

There is good news in the world of U.S. health insurance laws, at least for Canadian companies with fewer than 50 full-time U.S. employees. Effective this year, it is now possible to directly reimburse employees for the cost...more

More ACA: President Trump’s Termination Of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

Late Thursday evening after President Trump issued an Executive Order earlier in the day directing various administrative agencies to take suggested actions for the hope of reducing the cost of health insurance, discussed...more

Blog: With Congress Stuck, Administration Starts Process Of Unwinding ACA

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, the Administration took two actions aimed at rattling the foundations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President signed an Executive Order (EO) directing federal agencies to relax restrictions on insurance...more

Trump, by executive fiat, tries to blow up ACA with cheap, skimpy alternatives

President Trump has made good on his promise to try to blow up the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. His latest, twin executive actions seek to gut the national health insurance program that Republicans have reviled but...more

White House Expands Exemptions to ACA Contraceptive Mandate

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued interim final rules on October 6, 2017, expanding exemptions to protect religious beliefs and moral convictions for certain entities and individuals whose health plans...more

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