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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

Federal Tax Reform: The Current State of Play & The Big Picture (Updated 11/16)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and likely will not do so...more

Obamacare Fight Spurs Executive Actions and Legislative Proposal

by Burr & Forman on

The last 30 days have seen efforts by both the executive and legislative branches to improve conditions in the health care insurance markets with the goal of making health insurance more accessible and affordable. Please...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

Issue 114: Relief from HIPAA Certification Requirement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and fourteenth 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

Clean Up on Aisle 12! The Obamacare Pop-Up Store is Open but Stocks are Limited

The fifth Open Enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started on November 1st, and will continue for a scant 45 days ending on December 15, 2017. This year, not only has the Open Enrollment been cut in half,...more

Alternative to Affordable Care Act Congressional Repeal and Replace: Executive Branch Action

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As part of the executive branch’s ongoing efforts to peel back portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and its companion statute, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred...more

Reportedly Leaked White House Policy “Wish-List” Lists “Serious 340B Reform,” Demonstration of Value-Based Payments for Drugs and...

by King & Spalding on

A While House policy “wish-list,” reportedly leaked on October 19 (Policy Document), identifies what appear to be the Trump Administration’s policy goals for various government programs, including Medicaid, the 340B Drug...more

Update #10: Trump Administration Halts Funding of Cost Sharing Reduction Payments to Insurers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Earlier in October, the Trump Administration announced it would immediately terminate payments to insurers to offset the costs of ACA-mandated discounts on co-payments and deductibles for low-income consumers. A number of...more

Health Care Reform Roundup – Issue 10

After months of failed attempts to pass any health care reform legislation, it appears efforts to pass a bipartisan bill to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are picking up steam. Below is a summary of regent health care...more

ACA Dealt Setback By Another Federal District Court

by Roetzel & Andress on

On October 25, 2017, District Court Judge Vince Chhabria of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied a request by California, along with 17 other states and the District of Columbia, for...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

Expanding Association Health Plans—Which Agencies Need to do What

On October 13th, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing various federal agencies to consider how to achieve three administration health reform objectives: (1) expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs); (2)...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies - October 2017 #3

With 24 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, the emerging Alexander-Murray stabilization package is a significant step forward in the health reform debate. However, after months of dominating the airwaves, health care is now...more

Tax and Employee Benefits Policy Under the Trump Administration

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

What Employers Should Know - With any new presidential Administration comes new developments for employers to monitor on a wide variety of topics, and tax and employee benefits policy is no exception. The Trump...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

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

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

Recent Merger Reflects Enhanced Need for Revenue Cycle Management Platforms

Two of the nation’s most noteworthy companies in the Revenue Cycle Management (“RCM”) technology space, Navicure Inc., and ZirMed Inc., announced a merger on September 14, 2017....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

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