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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Weekly Health Policy Update: HHS Releases Final Rules Related to Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value and Accreditation

Posted in Health Policy

By Elizabeth Carpenter Each week, our Health Policy team recaps recent health care developments in two reports, Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up and Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States. Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up is our weekly look at regulatory developments affecting health care at the federal and state level. Last week, HHS issued final rules this week related to essential health benefits, actuarial value… Continue Reading

US Supreme Court Opens the Door to Reexamination of Contribution Limits

Posted in Campaign Finance

By Stefan Passantino and David Fine Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court noted probable jurisdiction over McCutcheon et al v. Federal Election Commission, a case that has the potential to open the door to a fundamental re-examination of the constitutional issues surrounding contribution limits.  The legal questions presented by the case itself are not the… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Policy Update: HHS Final Deadline for State Partnership Exchange

Posted in Health Policy

By Elizabeth Carpenter Each week, our Health Policy team recaps recent health care developments in two reports, Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up and Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States. Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up is our weekly look at regulatory developments affecting health care at the federal and state level. Last week, President Obama addressed Medicare reforms in his State of the Union address and… Continue Reading

Tax Reform Moving Ahead Even As Congress Grapples with Sequestration

Posted in Budget, Congress, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Joe Dowley served as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives when Congress last undertook fundamental tax reform. Skeptics are questioning whether comprehensive tax reform can happen in 2013 given the concern that Congress may use revenues needed for tax reform to avoid the so-called “sequester” cuts… Continue Reading

White House Issues Executive Order and Presidential Policy Directive To Enhance Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Posted in Congress, Cybersecurity

By Elizabeth Ferrell This blog post was co-authored by Beth Ferrell, Katherine Veeder, and Patrick Stanton.  After several months of anticipation, on February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an executive order to enhance measures to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”  (the “Executive Order” or “Order”).  Accompanying the Order, the White House… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Policy Update: IRS, HHS Release New Proposed Rules

Posted in Health Policy

By Elizabeth Carpenter Each week, our Health Policy team recaps recent health care developments in two reports, Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up and Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States. Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up is our weekly look at regulatory developments affecting health care at the federal and state level. Last week, CMS announced that over 500 organizations will begin participating in the Bundled Payments… Continue Reading

New Private Travel Regulations from the House Ethics Committee

Posted in Government Ethics

By David Fine The House Ethics Committee has adopted new regulations for the acceptance of reimbursement for travel expenses incurred by House members and staff  from a private source for purposes related to their official duties. The new rules are effective April 1, 2013. According to the Committee, the regulations “supersede any prior inconsistent Committee… Continue Reading

New Contribution Limits for 2013-2014 Federal Election Cycle

Posted in Campaign Finance

By Randy Nuckolls Yesterday,  the FEC announced new Contribution Limits for the 2013-2014 federal election cycle.   The Individual contribution limit was increased from $2,500 to $2,600 per person per election.  The limit for individual contributions to a national party committee was raised from $30,800 to $32,400 and the total individual overall biennial limit was raised… Continue Reading