Updates – Medicare, Medicaid & CHIP

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protected content Alert: Washington Proposes Assessment on Employers

In the Washington State Legislature, House Bill 1518 has been introduced that would place an assessment on employers with employees on the state’s medical assistance program… More

ERIC Comments on Modernizing Part D & Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices & Reduce Costs

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to the Proposed Rule on “Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses"… More

protected content Alert: Employer Assessment Proposed in Illinois while Massachusetts Considers Repeal

In Illinois, State Representative Gregory Harris (D) has introduced House Bill 272, which would establish the Health Insurer Claims Assessment Act… More

protected content California ESRD regulation, House committee to take up “gag clause” bill

Last night, the California Assembly (their lower legislative chamber) passed a piece of legislation that we have been watching closely – which mirrors efforts ERIC has been engaged in on the federal level. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll care about in the bill, SB 1156… More

ERIC Applauds Inclusion of CHRONIC Care Act in Continuing Resolution

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for including the CHRONIC Care Act in the Continuing Resolution (CR), which will expand the use of telehealth for treating and diagnosing strokes and make it easier for enrollees to pay for telehealth services… More

protected content Wellness, HHS Update, More Retiree Health Drama, and More!

I hope you have all had a good week, and are getting ready to head into the weekend! We have a couple items to share, including results from our latest informal survey… More

protected content Alert: Oregon Voters Say “Yes” to Measure 101 – Self-Insured Plans Exempt

On November 23, Oregonians voted in favor of a ballot initiative that keeps in place a temporary assessment on some insurers and hospitals to pay for the state’s Medicaid program… More

protected content Survey Results, Final Medicare Comments, FDA News, and More

Today we will discuss: 1) Objector survey results, 2) Two upcoming ERIC calls/webinars, 3) Final ERIC comments to CMS, 4) New developments on Cadillac tax and HIT, 5) FDA’s 2018 plans, 6) Update on Azar nomination… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Program

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program… More

protected content Urgent MA & Part D Comments, Disability Claims, Cadillac Tax, and More

Congress is in the process of hammering out yet another temporary government funding bill, and immigration may be the issue that brings us to the brink of a shutdown this time. Meanwhile, health issues continue to loom… More

protected content Alert: Massachusetts Governor Signs Budget - Employer Assessment Still Pending

Governor Baker recently signed the Massachusetts FY2018 budget, which includes $29.4 billion in spending, but he also vetoed $320 million from the Legislature’s version of the budget… More

Medicare Advantage Can be Improved by Adopting Value-Based Health Plan Designs

The DRIVE Health Initiative submitted testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Health Subcommittee detailing how Medicare Advantage plans could benefit by adopting value-based health plans designs… More

protected content Repeal Update, Chronic Care Bill, Medicare Advantage, FDA Nominee, and More

I hope everyone has had a good week. It’s been a bit of a hurricane here as Congress continues to play “Deal or No Deal” on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was nice to see and hear from some of you at the Conference Board too – and I hope many of you will come join ERIC in Washington, DC at the end of April for our Spring Policy Meeting – we’re putting together a great agenda and you won’t want to miss the action… More

protected content Nominations Move, Individual Markets, Litigation Update, and More

Good afternoon. I hope everyone is having a good week. It’s been a pretty busy last 2 weeks, between the executive transition, drama in Congress over nominations, the GOP policy retreat, ERIC’s board meeting last week, and more. Not to mention, a new executive order, specifying that for every new regulation the Administration puts out, they have to eliminate two others! This update will attempt to keep everyone abreast of these ongoing developments… More

protected content ACA Repeal and the Uninsured

The number of uninsured would more than double in a few years if federal lawmakers repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis… More

protected content Michigan Governor Vetoes Repeal of Tax on Health Care Claims

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday vetoed legislation, S.B. 987, which would have repealed a tax on paid health care claims… More

protected content Upcoming Calls, Dialysis Duplicity, ACA FAQs, AARP Sues EEOC on Wellness, MI Claims Tax, and More

Today’s agenda includes: (1) 3rd Thursday Call, (2) PCORI Meeting, (3) Dialysis Steerage, (4) AARP Sues EEOC, (5) MI Claims Tax, (6) ACA FAQs on Student Plans, and (7) NEW Upcoming webinars… More

protected content Shared Responsibility, ESRD Choice Act, FTC, and more!

Remember our last update, government shut down looming on September 30th? Well nothing has changed – fights continue over whether to provide relief funding to Flint, Michigan for the lead water crisis, or to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. Seems like it has to be both or neither, and it’s looking like neither. But that could be better than another shutdown. Below are some updates on the health policy scene, opportunities for input and participation, and more… More

protected content Doc Fix passes just in the Nick of Time

Late last night the Senate passed the “doc fix” with only minutes to spare to avoid a 21% payment cut to doctors treating Medicare patients. The vote was an amazingly strong 92-8; most of the opposition to the bill apparently was assuaged by consideration of six amendments (three by Republicans and three by Democrats) – all of which failed – that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by four years instead of two… 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 IRS Guidance Addresses Treatment of Employer Payment Plans

In recently published Notice 2015-17, the IRS provides additional guidance on the treatment of “employer payment plans” (EPPs). … More

protected content New ACA FAQ Issued on Supplemental Excepted Benefits

The tri-agencies (HHS, Labor, and Treasury) recently issued FAQ Part XXIII to slap down the dastardly persons who are selling supplemental benefits that provide a single benefit while trying to pass these policies off as excepted benefits. … 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

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