ACLJ: Supreme Court Has Critical Opportunity To Protect Religious Freedom In ObamaCare Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, said the Nov. 26 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to take two cases involving a challenge to the ObamaCare HHS Mandate represents a significant opportunity for the high...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Hot Issues Won't Vary Much In 2014

For most states, 2013 was a welcome respite from the usual election year political gridlock. That all changes next year, with 38 governorships, 46 legislative chambers, 33 United States Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats up for grabs. But amidst all that politicking, lawmakers have...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Hot Issues Won’t Vary Much in 2014

By Rich Ehisen | For most states, 2013 was a welcome respite from the usual election year political gridlock. That all changes next year, with 38 governorships, 46 legislative chambers, 33 United States Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats up for grabs. But amidst all that politicking...

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...

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...

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...

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...

This is Real Law: Rx for Litigation: New Inpatient Rule May Lead to More Malpractice Suits

Our circumstances are often defined by fateful decisions. Those decisions can be our own, those made by others (with or without our knowledge or consent), or both. That’s particularly true with regard to our personal health. You climb a wonky ladder to adjust a second-story TV antenna, for example...

Obamacare Architect Estimates Three-Year Delay in Accurately Understanding Affordable Care Act Impact on Workers’ Compensation

The statement of economist Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. , of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts that a three-year news blackout regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have had merit was arguably the most memorable moment during the 2014 Annual Issues and Research Conference...

Hurricane Obamacare: Experts Attempt to Forecast Impact of Affordable Care Act on Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Executive Director Richard Victor, Ph.D. of Cambridge, Massachusetts stated in his presentation “Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Workers’ Compensation” during WCRI’s 2014 Annual Issues and Research Conference on March...

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...

The ACA's Impact on LPRs Residing Outside the USA: Endelman & Mehta

"[U]nless the IRS provides more specific guidance, it is not clear at this time whether an LPR who takes the bona fide residence exception for purposes of shielding foreign income can also be deemed to have the minimum essential coverage. LPRs who seek to claim a section 911 type foreign earned...

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...

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;...

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...

Affordable Care Act: A New Body of Law With Lots of Moving Parts

Practical Guidance on Administering ObamaCare and Other Health Plans The acronym “ACA” has now joined the acronym “ADA” in the panoply of regulations with which companies must comply. As with any new and unfamiliar system, some companies may be uncertain as to what exactly...

Ready for Anything: Adopting a Winning Strategy for ACA Compliance

Ancient tomes often guide modern times. For example, the 2,000-year-old military treatise The Art of War , attributed to the Chinese general-philosopher Sun Tzu, is cited regularly in contemporary political thinking, business tactics and legal strategies. Sun Tzu regarded war as a last resort but...

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...

ACA Birth-Control Mandate Burdens Closely Held Corporations, Supreme Court Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraceptive mandate substantially burdens closely held religious corporations’ religious rights, a divided U.S. Supreme Court held today ( Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et...

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...

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...