Williams Mullen: Preparing for the Unexpected: The Affordable Care Act’s Whistleblower Provision

By Mary Pivec and Igor M. Babichenko On February 27, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its interim final rule setting forth the procedures for handling complaints brought under the whistleblower provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). This whistleblower...

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio Gov. Kasich Still Pushing Medicaid Expansion

The Ohio Legislature has been out on its summer recess for almost two weeks, but Gov. John Kasich (R) has not given up hope lawmakers will return to Columbus sooner than later to green light his call to expand the Buckeye State's Medicaid rolls. At a pro-expansion rally last week, Kasich reiterated...

State Net Capitol Journal: Changes Challenge ACA Implementation

By Rich Ehisen Faced with growing complaints from employers over the complexity of implementing the Affordable Care Act by next January, the Obama administration on July 2 announced it would postpone for one year enforcement of a provision of the law that requires large employers, those with 50 or...

House Blocks Health Care Act In Budget Negotiations; Senate To Take Up Measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The U.S. Senate will meet at 2 p.m. today — 10 hours before a government shutdown deadline — to decide what to do after the Republican-controlled House approved legislation yesterday imposing a one-year delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable...

Negotiations Related To Health Care Act Fail; Government Shuts Down

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The federal government partially shut down just after midnight Oct. 1 after the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate continued to reject demands by the Republican-controlled House to impose a one-year delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA...

Williams Mullen: 3 Health Care Questions For Construction Industry Employers

By Brydon M. DeWitt: The Obama administration’s one-year delay in the employer health insurance mandate was welcome relief for many employers. But, time is still running short. Employers need to plan for compliance now. Beginning January 1, 2015, employers that do not offer adequate health...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Several Pro-Obamacare Measures

The rollout of health benefits exchanges was pretty bumpy across the nation last Tuesday, but that didn't stop California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) from throwing his full support behind the Affordable Care Act. Brown signed 10 health care-related bills on Oct. 1, the same day the Golden State's exchange...

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio Governor Decries ‘War on the Poor’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has ended months of wrangling with his own party over his desire to expand Medicaid last month, opting to have the state's little-used Controlling Board approve his proposal to accept $2.55 billion of federal funding to pay for it. The move will allow approximately 300,000...

State Net Capitol Journal: Medicaid Outpaces Private Insurance in ACA’s Opening Weeks

In May the Congressional Budget Office projected that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, nine million more Americans would enroll in Medicaid in 2014 and seven million would sign up for private health coverage through new health-insurance exchanges. In the initial weeks of the health reform law's...

State Net Capitol Journal: Health Exchange Enrollments Lag In First Month

Only three states — Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York — reached their enrollment targets in the first month of open enrollment in the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. All three states, which run their own exchanges, actually exceeded their targets, with...

State Net Capitol Journal: Alaska Gov. Parnell Rejects Medicaid Expansion

Calling the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act "a failed experiment," Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) announced The Last Frontier State will not expand Medicaid eligibility in line with the law. "I believe a costly Medicaid expansion especially on top of the broken Obamacare system...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Laboratories Of Health Care Finance

Under a program created by the Affordable Care Act called the State Innovation Models Initiative, six states — Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont — began testing new health care financing models this year. Colorado, New York, and Washington will be next up to try...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Offer A Tightly Stretched Lifeline For Obamacare

By Lou Cannon | Obamacare is clinging to existence. After the bungled rollout of the federal health care website and President Obama's contrite admission that he misled millions of Americans into believing they could keep their insurance policies, opponents of Obamacare now have hopes of undoing...

High Court Agrees To Hear 2 Challenges To Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. —(Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 announced that it granted certiorari in two cases challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Both of the cases involve for-profit companies opposed to the mandate...

State Net Capitol Journal: The Obamacare Pitfall: Health Care Issues Dominate State Politics

By Lou Cannon Obamacare remains an untidy work in progress in the states, which are struggling with Medicaid expansion, website problems, and insurance issues in an election year in which health care policy issues are overshadowed by partisan politics. Tim Storey, a political analyst with the National...

State Net Capitol Journal: A Tale of 2 Obamacares

The starkly contrasting ways in which Democrat- and Republican-led states have generally responded to the Affordable Care Act is creating two separate health care systems, according to a report released last week by the Obama administration. Democrat-leaning Kentucky, which has warmly embraced the ACA...

Ballard Spahr LLP: ACA Employer Mandate Final Regulations Released; Enforcement Delays Provided for Mid-Sized Employers

By Brian M. Pinheiro, Jean C. Hemphill and Jonathan M. Calpas | Very large employers will be required to offer health care coverage to their full-time employees or pay a penalty to the federal government beginning January 1, 2015. Under the final regulations released by the U.S. Department of Treasury...

Top Court Rejects Religious Groups’ Challenges In Birth Control Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 31 denied petitions for certiorari from two nonprofit religious groups claiming that the contraceptive mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA...

Oregon Officials Abandon State Insurance Exchange, Turn To Federal Exchange

DURHAM, Ore. — (Mealey’s) Oregon on April 25 dumped its failed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) state exchange at an agency board meeting, with the governing body unanimously adopting a technology workgroup suggestion that the federal exchange provided the most reliable and...

Court Hears Arguments In Origination-Clause Challenge To Individual Mandate Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 8 heard arguments over whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s individual mandate tax constitutes a revenue measure and should properly have originated in the U.S....

Williams Mullen: New COBRA and CHIP Notices Highlight Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

B y Brydon M. DeWitt The Department of Labor recently issued updated model COBRA continuation coverage and Childrens’ Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”) notices. Plan administrators should begin using the new notices immediately. The revised model COBRA notices address the availability...

11th Circuit Cites Hobby Lobby, Enjoins Mandate During Appeal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Mealey’s) A Catholic media outlet is entitled to an injunction while it appeals rejection of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraceptive mandate challenge in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (Nos. 13-354, 13-356, U.S. Sup. [lexis.com subscribers...

HHS Urges Top Court Not To Grant Emergency Injunction During ACA Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The Supreme Court should deny a nonprofit Christian liberal arts college’s request for an emergency injunction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate while it appeals an adverse ruling, the government said July 2 in...