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The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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Lawmakers last week approved a stopgap budget bill to keep the government open until Dec. 22, creating a pre-Christmas showdown over a host of spending decisions and key healthcare priorities. Republican leaders on Capitol...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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Congressional Republicans face a Friday deadline to approve a stopgap budget bill to avert a government shutdown, delaying until later this month key decisions on healthcare priorities like renewing children’s insurance and...more

President Trump Once Again Attempts To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

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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

Manatt on Health: Medicaid Edition: CMS Administrator Highlights Medicaid Policy Goals and New Guidance

Since assuming office last January, the Trump administration has signaled a shift in Medicaid policy. In early November, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma made the administration’s...more

Play Time is Over: IRS Reveals Process for Assessing ACA Penalties

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced a “pay or play” scheme, effective January 1, 2015, in which Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must offer affordable qualifying healthcare to their full-time employees (and their...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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Lawmakers returning to Capitol Hill this week after the Thanksgiving recess face a daunting series of tax and budget deadlines that will set the stage for how Congress addresses year-end healthcare priorities. That...more

ACA Risk Corridors Update: Trump Administration Releases 2016 Amounts, Paving the Way for Litigation Over Amounts Owed

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On November 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its Risk Corridors payment and charge amounts for the 2016 benefit year. This event is significant in that it both acknowledges and quantifies...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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The year-end schedules of the Senate HELP and Finance committees just became more clogged, as the two panels will lead the review of President Trump’s nominee to be Health & Human Services (HHS) secretary. Trump announced...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 34

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Short-term Continuing Resolution Likely Needed to Fund Government Past December Deadline: Republicans are focused on tax reform through Thanksgiving, and when lawmakers return from the upcoming holiday recess, they will have...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said lawmakers will vote this week on legislation to renew federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), even amid unresolved partisan disagreements over...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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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President Donald Trump is considering appointing lawmakers to a bipartisan commission that would develop strategies to lower prescription drug prices, while senators last week called for greater transparency into how...more

Alexander, Murray Announce Bipartisan Proposal on Market Stabilization

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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

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 31

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Senate Adopts Budget Resolution Making Way for Tax Reform: The Senate on a party-line vote of 51-49 adopted its FY18 budget resolution that includes $5.1 trillion in spending reductions and instruction for reconciliation for...more

Is the New Moral Exemption From ACA Contraceptive Coverage a Game Changer?

Any privately held, for-profit company could potentially be exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement to provide comprehensive contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing based on the company’s “sincerely held...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

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As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...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

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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

White House Expands Exemptions to ACA Contraceptive Mandate

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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

ACA’s Nondiscrimination Taglines and Notices Require Updating Your Notice of Privacy Practices

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There has been confusion as to whether the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision (“ACA”) affects a covered entity’s notice of privacy practices (“NPP”) or data breach notifications. OCR has issued guidance...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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President Trump’s announcement Friday that he would stop cost-sharing payments to insurance companies triggered a firestorm on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers in both parties calling on Congress to restore the funding...more

President Trump Issues Far-Reaching Changes to the Affordable Care Act

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On October 12, the Trump Administration announced that it would immediately terminate payments for Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs), which subsidize health coverage for low-income enrollees in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA)...more

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