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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, the Department of Health and Human Services released two reports with state-specific data on the quality of care given to Medicaid or CHIP beneficiaries and Representative Kathy Castor introduced a bill to extend the ACA’s enhanced Medicaid payment rate for two more years

Dan Caprio to Speak at Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy Briefing – Friday, November 21

Posted in Cybersecurity

MLA’s Dan Caprio will be a featured speaker at the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy Briefing event this Friday, November 21. The event, “Cyberattacks, Data Breaches, and Serial Litigation – Should Federal Data Security Legislation be on Congress’ Horizon?” is hosted by the Law and Economics Center of George Mason’s School of Law and will take place Rayburn House Office Building.

Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, and JP Morgan Chase are part of the expanding list of firms whose data systems have been breached in the last year, exposing customers to identity theft, financial fraud, and phishing scams. There has been growing concern that the state patchwork of data breach laws are leaving both businesses and consumers unsatisfied. Businesses are concerned that serial litigation will become the norm as state attorneys general consider investigation and potential litigation. What legal obligations should businesses have to prevent data breaches or to protect consumers after a breach occurs? What security standards and enforcement mechanisms are necessary to tackle this issue? Should Congress consider a federal standard, and how would such a standard affect state and private litigation?

Click here for complete event information and registration.

 

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, CMS and State-based Marketplaces nationwide made final preparations for Open Enrollment which begins on November 15 and McKenna Long & Aldridge launched a new blog focused on developments in legislation, regulation, litigation and breaking news in federal and state-based health insurance exchanges.

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, the Department of Health and Human Services released projections showing that between 9 and 9.9 million individuals will be enroll in exchange coverage for 2015 and according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 3.8 million individuals remain in a “coverage gap” among the 23 states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults.

Lisa Ellman TEDx Talk: “Drone Fever” – November 16, 2014

Posted in Federal, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Former White House policymaker and co-chair of McKenna Long’s UAS practice, Lisa Ellman, shares insight on government policy, business innovation and the need for “polivation”

Click here to register to attend in person or go online to TEDxBeaconStreet.com on Sunday, November 16th at 1:15 p.m. EST to watch the online livestream of Lisa Ellman’s talk entitled, “Drone Fever? Try a Little Polivation.”

In this ultra-timely presentation, McKenna Long counsel Lisa Ellman, former Obama administration insider and pioneering Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) policy advisor, will describe how government policy and entrepreneurial innovation can work best together. She will explain the current lively debate surrounding “drone fever”—about the domestic use of drones for everything from package delivery to crop dusting to filmmaking and business security. Lisa believes the key to balancing the opportunities and challenges around unmanned aviation systems 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. Her talk will focus on how U.S. companies can best take advantage of emerging technologies, including drones, in a way that wins the public’s trust and serves its interests.

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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, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear King v. Burwell, a lawsuit challenging whether the ACA’s tax subsidies are available to individuals that purchase private insurance using the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and the GOP Doctors Caucus wrote a letter to House leadership asking for Congress to permanently address the Medicare payment formula for physicians.

Alex McGee Quoted in Law 360

Posted in Elections, Federal

MLA’s Alex McGee was quoted in Law360‘s article, ” With Senate Flip, GOP Will Have Sequestration In Crosshairs.”

With Senate Flip, GOP Will Have Sequestration In Crosshairs

But McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP’s Alex McGee said the DOD’s windfall likely won’t be extended to other civilian agencies with aerospace and government contracts interests, including the Federal Aviation Administration, noting that the GOP is still determined to cut spending and hasn’t forgotten how sequestration was born.

Back in 2011, a congressional supercommittee failed to deliver a proposal that would slash $1.2 trillion out of the federal spending via targeted cuts over 10 years, leading to sequestration’s more rigid application to defense and discretionary spending.

“That left rank-and-file Republican members of the House feeling that their one end of the bargain wasn’t held up,” McGee told Law360.

As a result, House Republicans are less likely than their Senate counterparts to compromise and allow an across-the-board lift of sequestration cuts, according to McGee.

Click here to read the full article.

2014 Election Results

Posted in Elections

The results are in!

In the Senate, as projected, the Republicans have taken Majority control, gaining seven seats and winning key races in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

In the races for Governorships, tight races were won by Democratic candidates in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, while Republicans picked up three new states and prevailed in contested races in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

In the House, Republicans gained 13 seats to maintain their majority control.

And now, it’s on to 2016!

Click here for the complete results.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com