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Health Care Policy Newsletter

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Foley & Lardner LLP’s (“Foley”) Bipartisan Public Policy Team is pleased to share our second “Public Policy Weekly* Health Care Newsletter” in which we compile the latest health care policy news and legislation. Please...more

Revenge of the HIRDs—The New Massachusetts Employer Healthcare Coverage Form

In a series of recent posts, we discussed the expanded Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) requirements, including the adoption of a new EMAC supplemental contribution. Among other things, we...more

Rx IP Update - April 2018

by Smart & Biggar on

Standing Committee on Health proposes National Pharmacare program, modifications to prescription and generic drug pricing - While common among member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...more

Standing Committee on Health proposes National Pharmacare program, modifications to prescription and generic drug pricing

by Smart & Biggar on

While common among member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada does not have a national pharmacare program, i.e. a single system of public insurance coverage for prescription...more

Making a “Tele-Difference” by Using Telemedicine to Aid Medically Vulnerable Populations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

More than 74 million individuals are enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Another 28 million are currently uninsured. Due to the repeal of the individual mandate (the requirement under the...more

Medicare Part E for All – An Idea Whose Time, Perhaps, Has Still Not Come

by Locke Lord LLP on

Since the Fall of 2017, the Trump Administration has used its executive and regulatory authority to roll back coverage requirements for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans and expand access to association health plans that...more

FY2019 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Wednesday, April 11, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.991 billion budget for FY2019 that represents an increase of $1.24 billion, or 3.1 percent, above FY2018 spending levels. The budget proposes $83...more

CMS Proposes “Wind Down” Plan for Federal Exchanges

Despite the Trump Administration’s unsuccessful attempts to fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), the Administration has continued to target the ACA. In the Administration’s latest salvo, the Centers...more

Small Issues with Big Impacts:  2018-19 New York State Hospital Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

There are probably few in the healthcare community in New York State who would disagree that, among provider types, hospitals have typically received the most attention from policymakers....more

Iowa Emerges as Latest State to Challenge ACA Through Noncompliant Plans

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

We recently wrote about Idaho’s failed attempt to permit health insurers to sell policies that did not comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements for the individual insurance market. ...more

Ohio seeks to become the first state to receive a 1332 waiver of the individual mandate

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On March 30, 2018, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) submitted the application for a waiver from the requirements of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. If approved, Ohio would become the first state to receive...more

What Lessons Can We Take From The Administration’s Refusal to Allow Idaho to Dismantle the ACA Marketplaces?

In early January, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed an executive order (EO) directing the state’s Department of Insurance (DOI) to “seek creative options” to expand “access” to health insurance coverage for Idahoans. The EO...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate: A Loss in Massachusetts and Other Current Events

The contraceptive mandate, one of the more controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act, continues to make news as various stakeholders duke it out in and out of court. This blog post describes the history of the...more

Estimated Budget Impacts of Expanding MaineCare - Prepared for the Maine Health Access Foundation

In November 2017, Maine voters approved a referendum to implement expansion of MaineCare under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). As Maine’s legislature...more

DOL Proposes Regulations Broadening the Availability of Association Health Plans

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In response to President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Executive Order, the Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations expanding opportunities for small employers to band together to form association health plans...more

John Jones and Solomon Hunter Quoted in The Deal Pipeline, 'The Deal Landscape in the Health Care Industry'

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In late January, three giant corporations — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase — announced they would form a new and independent healthcare alliance to service their hundreds of thousands of employees. It was...more

States Launch a New Challenge to the ACA: Noncompliant Health Plans

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In the wake of recent failures to repeal the Affordable Care Act, one state has decided to take matters into its own hands. Idaho recently announced a controversial plan to allow insurers to sell policies that do not comply...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

With the end of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle fast approaching, Beacon Hill’s agenda for the coming months has begun to take shape. All major policymaking will need to be concluded by the end of formal sessions on July 31,...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

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

New Funding Legislation’s Impact on Health Care Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress passed a funding bill early this morning just after the February 8th deadline. The new legislation will make several changes to the Medicare program, delay cuts to disproportionate share hospitals, provide two years...more

Significant Health Policy Changes Contained in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

by King & Spalding on

On February 9, 2018, after passing the House and Senate, the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA). The BBA amends the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) to increase the spending caps on both defense...more

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