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Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

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

This week, an analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Medicaid Health Plans of America found that total Medicaid enrollment nationwide increased by 9 million in 2014 and Republican Governor Bill Haslam released his proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

Lisa Ellman Featured in MarketWatch

Posted in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

MLA’s Lisa Ellman was featured in the MarketWatch article, “America already lost the drone race to a Japanese farm in the 1980s.”

“New innovation is often feared, because innovation challenges the status quo,” said Lisa Ellman, who formerly led the Justice Department’s working group on domestic use of drones and who is counsel at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

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Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

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

This week, HHS reported that nearly 1.4 million persons have signed up for, or renewed their existing Marketplace coverage and Cover Oregon discussed its future budget, errors with 2014 Plan Year APTC calculations and how it could launch a SHOP exchange by the close of 2015.

Stefan Passantino Quoted in Roll Call

Posted in Campaign Finance, Political Law

MLA’s Stefan Passantino was quoted in Roll Call’s “The Year in Government Ethics | A Question of Ethics” blog post.

The Year in Government Ethics | A Question of Ethics

“Hands down,” said Stefan Passantino of McKenna, Long & Aldridge. “There’s no competition,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director of the Campaign Legal Center, a public interest group focused on campaign finance and government ethics. “The major development,” said Walker.

From Hollywood appeal to legal implications, each expert cited different reasons for the significance of the McDonnell story. “Not only did the lurid trial … spare no detail in delving into the personal lives of all involved,” Passantino said, “it also provided a catalyst for Virginia — and states everywhere — to take a hard look at their gift and travel rules.”

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Lisa Ellman TEDx Talk: “Drone Fever”

Posted in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

MLA’s Lisa Ellman, Obama Administration veteran and pioneering drones policy advisor, believes that government policy and entrepreneurial innovation work best together. She believes the key to balancing these opportunities and challenges is a true integration of policy and innovation, which she calls “Polivation.” Policymakers must promote innovation, and innovators must work hand in hand with policymakers. This compelling talk from TEDxBeaconStreet teaches us how our country can make good use of new technologies, including drones, in a way that wins the public’s trust and serves its interests.

Click here to watch Lisa’s TEDxBeaconStreet talk.