Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

Biden’s Plan for Economic Recovery Post-COVID and Beyond

After months on hold responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 US elections are heating up, as Democrats seek to take control of the White House from President Donald Trump.  On Thursday, July 9, former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released a broad economic plan during a speech in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 30, 2020

Congress is facing renewed pressure to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in “stimulus” money to states, territories, counties and municipalities and to allow such entities the option of using the money to offset revenue lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives has begun floor consideration of a … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 25, 2020

COVID-19 is making a comeback in America this summer, complicating President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and governors’ plans to reopen their economies. A wave of new hospitalizations around the country is threatening to dampen hopes for a quick economic recovery in the wake of this spring’s pandemic-related lockdown, giving new urgency to discussions among federal … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 16, 2020

With a month having passed since the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives passed the US$3 trillion HEROES Act as a sequel to the bipartisan US$2.7 trillion CARES Act, calls are being renewed for Republicans in the US Senate to begin negotiations for the purpose of forging the next major federal coronavirus response deal. The White … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 15, 2020

White House officials have begun moving publicly to set the table for bipartisan negotiations that will determine the contents of the next major federal COVID-19 response bill. Larry Kudlow, the director of President Donald Trump’s National Economic Council (NEC), says the talks will formally begin after the US Congress’ Independence Day state/district work period. Senior … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 12, 2020

A high-stakes summer is underway in America, where President Donald Trump and the nation’s governors are pushing forward with plans for reopening the nation’s economy even as many nervously eye health indicators that suggest the coronavirus may not be satisfactorily contained. In a vivid illustration of this tension, the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US & European Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 9, 2020

The US Congress is moving urgently to formulate new legislation that goes to the heart of the current policy debate in America, and it has nothing to do with coronavirus. Instead, the focus of Congress’ current short-term agenda is police reform, calls for which have surged across the nation in the wake of the universally … Continue Reading

Secretary Price to Testify on HHS Budget Request

Legislative Activity Secretary Price to Testify on HHS Budget Request This Thursday, June 8, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price will appear before the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means to defend the President’s FY 2018 Budget titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The … Continue Reading

State Attorneys General May 22 Update

Squire Patton Boggs’ State Attorneys General Practice Group is comprised of lawyers who have served at senior levels in state AG offices around the country and whose practices focus, to one degree or another, on representing clients before these increasingly assertive and powerful, yet often overlooked, government agencies, as explained in detail here. In these updates, … Continue Reading

State Attorneys General May 8 Update

Squire Patton Boggs’ State Attorneys General Practice Group is comprised of lawyers who have served at senior levels in state AG offices around the country and whose practices focus, to one degree or another, on representing clients before these increasingly assertive and powerful, yet often overlooked, government agencies, as explained in detail here. In these … Continue Reading

Next Stop: The Senate

Legislative Activity Next Stop: The Senate After an uphill battle and much compromise, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, May 4, by a vote of 217 ayes to 213 nays. At the beginning of the week a favorable outcome for the AHCA seemed unlikely. Speaker Ryan … Continue Reading

AHCA’s Final Act?; CMS Gathers Feedback and Issues Payment Rates for SNFs, IRFs, and Hospices

Legislative Activity AHCA’s Final Act? On Friday, April 28, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until Friday, May 5. The extension gives Republicans until the end of the week to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. Then, House Republican leadership will likely turn again to addressing … Continue Reading

Repeal and Replace or Repair and Rebrand?; Energy and Commerce Holds First Hearing on User Fees; MedPAC and MACPAC Meetings This Week

Legislative Activity Repeal and Replace or Repair and Rebrand? With reconciliation instructions in the FY 2017 spending bill that initiate the House and Senate committees with health care jurisdiction to reduce the deficit, Republicans in both chambers are eager to use the fast-track, fifty-vote process to repeal and replace as much of the Affordable Care … Continue Reading

Price Anticipates Confirmation Vote; Medicaid Legislation Moves Through Regular Order; 340B Regulation Pulled by OMB

Legislative Activity Price Anticipates Confirmation Vote On February 3, the Senate agreed to a procedural vote to move forward on Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA) nomination for the position of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Senate could vote on his confirmation this week. While Republicans support Rep. Price and believe … Continue Reading

Obamacare Replacement Activity Escalates

Legislative Activity Obamacare Replacement Activity Escalates Although the Republican retreat in Philadelphia resulted in no clear repeal and replace strategy, House and Senate Republicans will continue to move forward and hold the first committee hearings to discuss potential health care reform legislation this week. Following President Trump’s Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), … Continue Reading

Price Finance Confirmation Hearing Set for Tuesday; House to Consider Pro-Life Legislation; President Trump Issues Executive Order on ACA

Legislative Activity Price Finance Confirmation Hearing Set for Tuesday Last week, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) visited the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) for the first of two Senate confirmation hearings that resulted in the longest HELP confirmation hearing in over twenty years. The HELP hearing was heated, partisan, and merely a … Continue Reading

Senate Prepares for Vote-a-Rama; Four Bipartisan Health Bills Scheduled for House Floor; HRSA Releases Final Rule on 340B Drug Pricing Program; CMS Extends Temporary Moratoria; MedPAC Meeting This Week

Legislative Activity Senate Prepares for Vote-a-Rama This week, the Senate begins 50 hours of debate on the budget resolution, moving towards the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. While Republicans make final policy decisions on the language and continue to discuss their repeal and replace strategy, Democrats are working … Continue Reading

Republicans Discuss the Future of Obamacare; Lame Duck Session Commences; House to Consider Bipartisan Public Health Legislation

Legislative Activity Republicans Discuss the Future of Obamacare After six years of complaining about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) it is time for Republicans to take action, however a divide on how to tackle the law has developed. There are Republican members who prefer a transition to the new system of health … Continue Reading

Republicans Seek to Attack the Affordable Care Act; Potential Zika Funding Deal in Senate; The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Marks Up Public Health Legislation; Updated Medicare Emergency Preparedness Regulations Released by HHS; HHS Releases Plans for Quality Payment Program in 2017

Legislative Activity Republicans Seek to Attack the Affordable Care Act This week House Republicans are putting the Affordable Care Act’s summer headlines front and center.  Both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will hold … Continue Reading

House Republicans to Release ACA Alternative; CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Improve Quality of Care

Legislative Activity House Republicans to Release ACA Alternative House Republicans announced they will release their long-awaited Affordable Care Act (ACA) Alternative this week. The Speaker’s Task Force on Health Care Reform was announced in January and is one of six committee-led task forces charged with developing “a bold, pro-growth agenda.” Members of the Health Care … Continue Reading

H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, Moves to Full Committee; Administration Releases Proposed Rule on Short-Term Health Plans

Legislative Activity H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, Moves to Full Committee H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, introduced by Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), is being considered by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday, June 15. The bill … Continue Reading

Zika Funding Proposal Scheduled for House and Senate Vote; The Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Examines the Administration’s Part B Drug Payment Model; ACA Non-Discrimination Regulation Released by HHS; Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) Convenes Thursday, May 19

Legislative Activity Zika Funding Proposal Scheduled for House and Senate Vote Both the House and Senate are expected to vote on Zika funding proposals this week, ending several weeks of disputes on the issue. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced H.R.__, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, 2016, will be considered on the House Floor. … Continue Reading

House Energy and Commerce Committee to Hold Concussion Roundtable; Senate HELP Committee to Mark Up Substance Abuse and Mental Health Bills; CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Part B Drug Payment Model

Legislative Activity House Energy and Commerce Committee to Hold Concussion Roundtable Last December, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) announced that the committee would commence a broad review of concussions and their implications. His initiative officially begins this week, with a roundtable titled “Broad Review of Concussions: Initial Roundtable.” The committee … Continue Reading
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