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 Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Initiates Review into Income Verification Procedures for Tax Credits…
  • …As Treasury Inspector General Report Finds IRS Unable to Manage Risk of Improper Tax Credit Payments
  • 21st Century Cures Legislation Moving to Full Committee Markup
  • Rep. Price Releases ACA Replacement
  • House Passed a Bill to Ban Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

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:

This week, the Senate passed a budget conference agreement, marking the first time Congress has passed a budget since 2009, a new report shows the ACA’s risk corridor program will be significantly underfunded for 2014, and a bill to repeal the ACA’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) garnered 218 cosponsors.

Legislative Hearing on 21st Century Cures

On Thursday, April 30th, the House Energy and Commerce committee held a hearing to discuss the newly released discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures Act.  (Background, additional information, and a link to the full text of the current document can be found here).

This bill is seen as a significant and comprehensive legislative activity focused on biomedical research and regulatory reform.  The Bill will likely be introduced by the its prime sponsors – Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) – in the next few months and is likely to be added to the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) reauthorization in 2016. More ›

Topics: Healthcare

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 Introduce Bill to Repeal ACA’s “Cadillac Tax
  • House Passes GOP Budget Conference Agreement
  • OIG Alerts CMS to Potential Issues with Exchange Establishment Grants
  • 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft Released

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, CMS told states in both expansion and non-expansion states that Medicaid expansion status would be a part of the agency’s decision-making process when considering supplemental funding requests for the Low Income Pool program and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced legislation to address a potential Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell that would eliminate the availability of ACA’s tax credits.

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 announced that 68,000 persons had signed up for coverage during the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report showed that as of March 6, the Internal Revenue Service had received 66.7 million individual returns, with only 737,000 returns claiming a premium tax credit to subsidize enrollment in private insurance.

Former City of Atlanta Chief Counsel Lemuel Ward Joins McKenna Long & Aldridge Public Policy Team in Atlanta

Former City of Atlanta Chief Counsel Lemuel (Lem) Ward has joined the Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs team at McKenna Long & Aldridge as of counsel in the firm's Atlanta office.

Prior to joining McKenna Long, Ward was an attorney in the City of Atlanta Law Department for nearly 20 years, serving most recently as chief counsel for City of Atlanta. During his tenure, Ward handled several high profile cases, led notable legislative initiatives and facilitated key intergovernmental agreements between the City of Atlanta and various agencies. Through this experience, he has gained a keen understanding of issues facing organizations, companies and agencies in Atlanta, particularly in the areas of transportation, infrastructure, public-private partnerships, zoning and land use, economic development and public finance.

"We are thrilled to have Lem join our Local Government Affairs team," said Eric Tanenblatt, co-chair of the firm's Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Department. "His experience as chief counsel for the City of Atlanta and leadership in key initiatives in the city will strengthen our already robust Georgia Government Affairs team and greatly benefit our clients."

“I am very excited to join McKenna's Local Government Affairs team.” said Lem Ward. “The firm is a proven leader in public policy and I look forward to contributing to the group's continued success.”

Ward joins McKenna Long on the heels of the firm's announcement of its approved merger with Dentons. The combined Public Policy team of the two firms will create the third-largest government affairs practice in the world, with a strengthened presence in markets in the United States and internationally.

About McKenna’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Practice

Ward joins McKenna Long’s politically diverse, bipartisan public policy team which includes: former U.S. ambassador to Canada, Gordon Giffin; former chief of staff to Governor Sonny Perdue and advisor to the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell, Eric Tanenblatt; former Georgia state attorney general and president of the National Association of Attorneys General, Thurbert Baker;  former deputy chief of staff and executive counsel to Atlanta Mayor, Sharon Gay; former chief of staff for the City of Atlanta, Steve Labovitz; former White House Intergovernmental Affairs advisor to President Bill Clinton and former chief of staff to Georgia Governor Zell Miller, Keith Mason; and former Georgia speaker of the House of Representatives, Mark Burkhalter.

McKenna’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practitioners work with federal, state, and municipal government agencies across the country offering strategic counsel and support to expand government markets, as well as shape public policy. Ranked as one of the top lobbying law firms in The National Law Journal's LegalTimes Influence 50 annual survey, McKenna’s Public Policy team is considered a leader in government advocacy.

About McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

McKenna Long & Aldridge is an international law firm with 500 attorneys and public policy advisors in 15 offices and 13 markets. The firm is uniquely positioned at the intersection of law, business, and government, representing clients in the areas of complex litigation, corporate law, energy, environment, finance, government contracts, health care, infrastructure, insurance, intellectual property, private client services, public policy, real estate, and technology.

Topics: Georgia

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 Senate passed, and the President signed a bipartisan bill to replace the Medicare physician payment formula and extend CHIP funding, the Senate had a hearing on the implementation of the ACA’s tax provisions, and CMS named a new Medicaid director.

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, Accenture released a report on growth in private health insurance exchanges, Connect for Health Colorado’s board voted unanimously to increase spending, and Covered California put off a vote on a proposal to cap consumer costs for high-end prescription drugs.

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, CMS released its final payment rate notice for Medicare Advantage plans and released an estimate of the financial effects of H.R. 2, the so-called “Doc-Fix” bill which has passed the House, and is awaiting approval in the Senate.