Williams Mullen Alert: Health Care Reform Outlook

By Brydon M. DeWitt and Michael J. Ferrell With the Supreme Court's landmark decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, employers have a renewed interest in what the Act will mean for their businesses in the years ahead. Employers need to be aware of the possible political outcome as they continue...

State Net Capitol Journal: Can California Rescue the Affordable Care Act?

While national candidates wage a war of words and half-truths on health issues, a handful of states, led by California, are charging ahead to implement the key feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely viewed as the signal achievement of Barack Obama's presidency. The feature is an on-line...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Look to Answer 'Essential' Health Question

Although 35 of the 50 states have yet to create the marketplaces known as health benefits exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act, they aren't completely ignoring the law's impending requirements. A majority, in fact, are moving forward on another key component of federal health reform...

State Net Capitol Journal: Substantial Progress on Affordable Care Act Health Plan Benchmarks

The Affordable Care Act requires states to provide a minimum package of services called "essential health benefits" (EHBs), and the Department of Health and Human Services is allowing each state to model its EHB plan after an existing small group health insurance plan, state employee health...

U.S. Supreme Court Orders 4th Circuit To Reconsider Health Care Act Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 revived a Christian university's challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) when it ordered the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to review the case in light of the high court's ruling in a similar...

Justice Sotomayor Leaves Contraceptives Mandate in Health Care Act Intact

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 26 refused to block enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's mandate that profit-making companies begin providing free birth control for women workers on Jan. 1 ( Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al. v. Kathleen...

Federal Government Offers Rulemaking For Compromise On Birth Control Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Feb. 1 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on recommended changes to the preventive services policy contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). ( Proposed rules available. Document #31...

State Net Capitol Journal: Health Care Reform Law Doesn't Halt Major Rate Hikes

One of the main objectives of the Affordable Care Act was to stem the rising cost of health insurance for American consumers. But that hasn't stopped health insurance companies from seeking and obtaining big premium increases across the country. In Florida and Ohio, insurers have secured rate increases...

LexisNexis Presents Free CLE-Accredited* Webinar: The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act - An ObamaCare Overview & Outlook for In-House Counsel

LexisNexis® Presents a Complimentary CLE-Accredited* Webinar: The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act—An ObamaCare Overview & Outlook for In-House Counsel Sweeping, well-intended, controversial and at times polarizing—President Obama’s Patient Protection & Affordable...

State Net Capitol Journal: Iowa Governor Issues Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) last week unveiled an alternative to expanding Medicaid in the Hawkeye State. Under federal health care reform, states are given the option of expanding their Medicaid eligibility to cover people living at up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. In Iowa, that would...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Have Key Role In Making Affordable Care Act Work

By Lou Cannon , State Net Capitol Journal Winston Churchill famously described a crucial British military victory in North Africa during World War II as "not the end...not even the beginning of the end" but "perhaps, the end of the beginning." For the Affordable Care Act (ACA...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: U.S. Supreme Court Limits State Medicaid Recoveries to Medical Expenses

What happened? In a decision released last week, Wos v. E.M.A. [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] , the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated North Carolina's Medicaid subrogation laws because they allowed the state to recover more than the medical expense portion of a Medicaid beneficiary's...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Ponder Broadening Health Care Scopes of Practice

By Rich Ehisen There has long been friction in the relationship between doctors and other health care providers, with the former ferociously guarding their turf against incursion from the latter. But with the Affordable Care Act soon to bring 33 million new patients into the system, many states are pondering...

State Net Capitol Journal: ACA Could Cost Businesses in Non-Expansion States $1.3 Billion Per Year

The Affordable Care Act requires companies with more than 25 employees to pay a "shared responsibility" fine of $3,000 for each worker who isn't eligible for Medicaid and who receives a federal tax subsidy because their employer doesn't offer them health insurance. The provision was...

State Net Capitol Journal: State and Federal Governments Struggle Over Health Care

By Lou Cannon The Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration's vaunted plan for overhauling the nation's health care system, will cost more, insure fewer people and probably take longer to implement than originally planned. States and the federal government are struggling to meet...

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...

Supreme Court Justice Halts Birth Control Mandate For Catholic Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 31 temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns at the request of the...

Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement Of Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 24 enjoined the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns pending final disposition of an appeal by the 10th...

Norton Rose Fulbright: OIG Releases FY 2014Work Plan Summary

By Frederick Robinson , Megan Fanale Engel , Cori Annapolen Goldberg and Selina Coleman On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its Work Plan for fiscal year 2014. The OIG announced that in the upcoming year, it will continue...

DLA Piper Health Care Regulatory and Policy Update -- Week of March 24, 2014

SGR/Legislative Action – On March 11, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden (D-OR) introduced his version of legislation to permanently repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR), the Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2110). CBO scored the...

Barnes & Thornburg LLP: President Obama Signs Bill Extending Physician Medicare Rates And Delaying ICD-10 And RAC Audits Under The 2-Midnights Rule

By Nita Garg On April 1, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This legislation extends current Medicare physician reimbursement rates and delays implementation of the ICD-10 code for a full year. Previously, hospitals were to be ICD-10 compliant by October 1, 2014;...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Hospitals Urging SCOTUS to Limit False Claims Act Penalties

What do a moving company and a hospital association have in common? The False Claims Act (FCA). The American Hospital Association along with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America recently submitted an amici curiae brief in support of petitioners...

DLA Piper: Binding Arbitration in Managed Care Contracts - 6 Tips to Tailor Your Dispute Resolution Provisions

By Stephen L. Goff and John Barnes The Affordable Care Act is moving millions of previously uninsured patients into commercial managed care health plans. As the healthcare system grapples with complexity of this shift, the size of disputes between healthcare providers and managed care payers, in terms...

DLA Piper: Government Turns Up the Heat With the False Claims Act – 5 Action Steps for Healthcare Providers

By Savaria B. Harris and Mitka T. Baker Forbes magazine has dubbed 2014 “The Year of the Whistleblower.” For healthcare providers, this designation has translated into millions of dollars in fines and penalties and the initiation of criminal investigations. Just last month, the Health...