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Association Health Plans: New Proposed Rule to Help Convert Small Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals into a Status Similar...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The Trump Administration has published a proposed rule allowing a significant change to the definition of "employer" under ERISA that would enable small businesses and self-employed individuals to band together to create...more

Massachusetts to (Again) Require Health Care Reporting by Employers

Massachusetts employers with 6 or more employees will soon be required to prepare and file a new health care reporting form referred to as the “healthcare coverage form.” While reminiscent of the now repealed “Health...more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

2017 Tax Reform and Its Effects on Healthcare

by Dickinson Wright on

Over the past decade, the Healthcare Industry has been accustom to being center stage in political debates, but while medical providers and facilities did not have a prominent role in the latest political drama, the far...more

Manatt on Health: What’s Ahead in 2018

Congress returned from recess with a large agenda for the new year. The federal government is only funded through January 19 and the next funding bill is expected to carry with it longer-term extensions of the Children’s...more

Issue 117: DOL Issues Proposed Rules On Association Health Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and seventeenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis...more

ERISA Newsletter - Fourth Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - For over two decades, federal law has required covered health plans and insurers to ensure that certain mental health benefits are in parity with offered medical/surgical benefits. The meaning of...more

ML Strategies Outlook for 2018

With the start of a new year, Congress returns to Washington for the second session of the 115th Congress, while President Trump readies for his first State of the Union on January 30, 2018. The legislative agenda for the...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

DOL Proposes Expansion of Association Health Plans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following up on the direction provided by Executive Order 13813, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed regulations that would expand the ability of small employers to band together and provide coverage under...more

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rules Expanding Access to Association Health Plans

On October 12, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order concerning a number of health plan market initiatives. One of the items included in the Executive Order was a directive to the Secretary of Labor to issue proposed...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

ML Strategies Outlook: Health Care

“We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit” Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. Happy New Year!?! - 2017 was an eventful year for health care, and...more

DOL Issues Proposal Governing Association Health Plans

by Littler on

The Department of Labor has issue a proposed rule providing direction for sole proprietors and businesses to set up Association Health Plans (AHPs). This rulemaking stems from President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Executive...more

Issue 116: Due Date Extended For Employers To Provide Reports To Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and sixteenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...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

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

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadline

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As it did last year, the IRS has extended the deadline for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals by 30 days. This reprieve will allow employers, health insurers, and other plan sponsors to distribute the forms on...more

Update: Several Ways Final Tax Reform Legislation Will Change Healthcare

by Morgan Lewis on

Tax-exempt bond financing, an anticipated impact to philanthropic donations, repeal of the individual mandate, and taxation of highly compensated executives are among the changes for 2018....more

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

by Burr & Forman on

If the 2017 healthcare environment could be summed up in one word, it would be “uncertainty.” With the largely unexpected election of Donald Trump as President, the multiple, unsuccessful attempts by the Republican controlled...more

Manatt on Health: North Carolina: Amended 1115 Waiver Application

On November 20, 2017, North Carolina submitted an amended 1115 waiver application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking authority to invest $1.2 billion over five years in a range of targeted...more

Massachusetts Health Care Update: Senate Bill, Medication Switching, and Opioids

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Massachusetts policymakers continue to debate health care reform proposals with important implications for industry stakeholders. This month the Senate passed sweeping health care reform legislation, a special commission held...more

Six Ways Tax Reform Could Change Healthcare

by Morgan Lewis on

Providers, including charitable hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and academic medical centers, should watch for possible policy changes in the tax reform bill reconciliation process....more

Final Senate Tax Bill Targets Health Care, Hospitals

by King & Spalding on

In the early hours of Saturday, December 2, 2017, the Senate approved its version of tax reform legislation, S. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 51-49. All Republican Senators except Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)...more

President Trump Once Again Attempts To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

by Fisher Phillips on

After multiple failed attempts by Congress to reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump announced several weeks ago that the federal government would stop making subsidy payments to insurers who sell coverage...more

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