Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up

Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels.

This week, the Obama administration announced that 11.4 million people nationwide had signed up health insurance through the ACA’s Marketplaces and CMS announced a new Special Enrollment Period for residents impacted by the “Individual Mandate” in HealthCare.gov states.

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

This week, CMS stated that it had sent out 1095-A forms to 800,000 Federally-facilitated Marketplace enrollees with incorrect information, released the highly anticipated 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule and Access Health CT’s board approved proposed 2016 Plan Designs for the Individual and SHOP Marketplaces.

Mike Klein Named To 2015 "Power 100 New York City" by City & State Magazine

MLA's Mike Klein has been named to the 2015 "Power 100 New York City" list by City & State Magazine.

“Mike's commitment to New York City is exemplified by the energy and acumen he brings to client engagements as well as by his civic and charitable initiative work in the community," said Ambassador Gordon Giffin, co-chair of the firm's Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs department. "We congratulate him on earning this well-deserved recognition."

Each year, City & State highlights 100 of New York City's most powerful leaders across industry sectors and politics. The rankings strive to reflect the movers and shakers that drive New York City’s agenda and are derived from off-the-record opinions from among the five boroughs' most savvy political insiders, reader nominations, and online polls.

Click here to read about Mike in City & State.

Former Colorado House of Representatives Majority Leader Amy Stephens Joins McKenna Long & Aldridge's Denver Office

Former Colorado House of Representatives Majority Leader Amy Stephens has joined McKenna Long & Aldridge’s Denver office as a managing director and will lead the Colorado Government Affairs practice.

Prior to joining McKenna Long, Stephens was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives for eight years where she was elected as House Majority Leader in 2010 and House Minority Caucus Chair in 2007. As a member of the Business Affairs, Judiciary, Health & Environment, Health Insurance & Human Services, and Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Oversight committees, she helped lead the debate on health care and its impact on businesses and organizations. 

Stephens has been recognized as "Legislator of the Year" by numerous businesses and organizations in Colorado, including the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Economic Development, Colorado Dairy Farmers Association, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Colorado Women’s Chamber and Colorado Mental Health America. She has also been recognized as one of the "Five Rising Stars" of the Republican Party and "Colorado's Most Influential Women" by The Denver Post

To read the full press release, please click here.

Topics: Colorado

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

This week, Marketplaces nationwide encouraged last-minute shoppers to sign up for healthcare before the close of Open Enrollment on February 15 and the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace's board voted to award a $7.2 million SHOP IT contract to hCentive.

Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up

Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels.

This week, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee introduced the PRO-CHIP Act which would extend CHIP funding through the 2019 fiscal year and in Alaska, Governor Bill Walker (I) released his Medicaid expansion proposal dubbed “The Healthy Alaska Plan.”

Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up

Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. 

This week, Senate and House Republicans released a proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a comprehensive alternative and the Tennessee Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 7-4 against Insure Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam’s alternative Medicaid expansion proposal.

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

This week, President Barack Obama released his proposed 2016 budget which requests nearly $2.2 billion to operate the FFM and the Connect for Health Colorado Finance Committee was informed that the Marketplace needs an additional $2.8 million to operate its call center, with staff recommending that the Marketplace tap into its reserve funding.

Lisa Ellman Interviewed on HuffPost Live

MLA’s Lisa Ellman was interviewed on HuffPost Live in its segment, "Drone Zone: Commercial Policy, Ownership & Birds -- Why Lisa Ellman is the woman shaping U.S. drone policy, who really owns your drone and how well birds are sharing the skies with drones."

Lisa Ellman Featured in Fortune Magazine: “Obama's former law student is shaping the nation's policy on drones”

MLA’s Lisa Ellman, co-chair of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice Group, was recently profiled in a Fortune magazine article as part of the publication’s “Most Powerful Women” series entitled “Obama's former law student is shaping the nation's policy on drones.” The article highlights Lisa’s experience working with President Obama from her time as a law student at University of Chicago Law School to serving in the Obama Administration in legal and policy roles at the White House and the Department of Justice. In recent years, Lisa has become a leader in drone policy through the integration of policy and innovation, which she has coined as "Polivation."

“There are lot complexities here,” Ellman says. “My approach to balancing the opportunities and challenges presented by drones has been to bring innovators and policymakers — communities that have very little in common — together. Policymakers need to learn about the capabilities and risks of the technology and only innovators can provide that knowledge.”

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