Legislative Documents – health

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ERIC Model Telehealth Legislation

ERIC's telehealth model legislation that is designed to guide policy and government relations staff on core telemedicine issues. Our model legislation is carefully crafted to ensure that legislation encourages access to high-quality telehealth services for our members' employees, their families, and retirees… More

protected content House Passes Doc Fix with a Hefty Bipartisan Vote; Next Stop: the Senate

Today the full House voted to pass the “doc fix”, a bill to reform fairly significantly the method by which doctors are paid under Medicare. The bipartisan vote was 392 – 37… More

protected content House and Senate Republicans Release Budget Proposals for FY 2016

This week both the House and Senate released narratives outlining the key elements of their respective budget proposals. The following is a brief description of what each budget proposal recommends with respect to health issues. … More

protected content Senate and House Introduce Favorable Bills on Wellness

Eight House and Senate Republicans have introduced two identical bills to stop the EEOC from pursuing what the agency claims are violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by employer-based wellness programs. … More

protected content What to Do with the ACA?  Review of Republican Alternative

Three Congressional Republicans, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on February 5 released a narrative of their ideas for an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

protected content Review of Health Provisions Included in President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget

Today the president released his proposed budget ideas for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts this coming October 1. From my vantage point … More

protected content House Approves Legislation to Change Definition of Full-Time Employee

The House approved H.R. 30, the “Save American Workers Act”, by a vote of 252 to 172. The legislation would raise the threshold that defines full-time employment under the ACA from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week. … More

protected content Surprise! Congress Passes a Big Bill!

Congress managed to avert a total government shutdown as well as pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill (HR 83) that will fund most of the government through the end of this fiscal year, September 30, 2015. … More

protected content Pop up IRS ACA Guidance and House Passes Bill Repealing Medical Device Tax

Yesterday was a Big Day on the Health Front – three new IRS notices and House-only repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) excise tax on medical devices. … More

protected content Senate Fails to Advance Legislation to Address Hobby Lobby Decision

The Senate on July 16 failed to overcome a procedural hurdle to move forward on legislation that seeks to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. … More

Senate Finance Committee Seeking Ideas to Improve Health Care Transparency

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and former Chairman and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) released a letter urging all stakeholders to submit to the committee ideas that will enhance the availability and utility of health care data, while maintaining and protecting patient privacy. … More

protected content House Passes Bill to Shield Expat Plans from the ACA

After a failure earlier in the month, the House on April 29 managed to pass a bill, HR 4414, that basically would allow expat health plans to wiggle out from under the yoke of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

protected content House Approves Legislation to Change Definition of Full-Time Employee

The House of Representatives on April 3 approved by a vote of 248-179 legislation to change the definition of a full-time employee under the… More

protected content House Ways and Means Committee Approves Legislation to Modify ACA’s 30-Hour Rule

The House Ways and Means Committee on February 4 voted 23-14 along party lines to report out legislation to modify the definition of a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

protected content Congressional Hearing Focuses on Challenges of Exchanges Rollout

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing yesterday on the “Status of the Affordable Care Act Implementation.” Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testified before the Committee.… More

protected content Key Treasury Official Testifies before Ways and Means Committee on Delay of Employer Mandate

Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the Administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act.… More

protected content Michigan Health Insurance Claims Tax Extended

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) on June 11 signed legislation extending until January 1, 2018, a one percent tax on health insurance claims (of both insured and self-insured plans) paid by plan administrators for medical services rendered in the state to Michigan residents. … More

protected content Analysis of Health-Related Proposals in Obama Administration’s FY 2014 Budget

As promised, President Obama formally released his budget yesterday for Fiscal Year 2014 (which starts October 1, 2013 and runs through September 30, 2014.) Although the really earth-shaking developments are mostly on the retirement side, there were nonetheless some interesting developments on the health front … More

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House Energy and Commerce Approves Medical Liability Reform Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on May 11 approved on a near party-line vote legislation to reform the medical malpractice system,… More

Key Health Care Reform Legislative Documents (H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872)

The House and Senate on March 25, 2010, approved the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), the "sidecar" reconciliation… More

Mental Health Parity Measure Signed Into Law as Part of Economic Stabilization Plan

President Bush on October 3 signed into law mental health parity legislation as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (H.R.… More

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