Category: Federal Legislation

Health Policy News – Summer 2019

Introduction As in past years, Health Policy News is marking the summer season with the publication of one special edition. For summer 2019, we have prepared a roundup of pending federal legislation—in particular, efforts to protect consumers from rising health care costs (including surprise medical bills), to promote Medicare for All, and to preserve Affordable ...

Legislation aimed at Health Care Costs Advances in Congress

Unlike many topics under discussion in Congress this year, the issue of health care costs is a priority across party lines. With bills pending in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and a recent executive order issued on the topic, we have broken down the details on the latest cost control developments ...

The House Passes Legislation Aimed at Preserving the Affordable Care Act

Notable among the bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in recent months are two bills aimed at shoring up the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Below, we explore the content of both bills—though it is worth noting that neither bill has been, nor is expected to be, taken up by the Senate. H.R. 987 ...

Hearings Begin on “Medicare for All” Legislation

On June 12, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee conducted its initial hearings on H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019. Introduced by U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) in February, H.R. 1384 would: Provide health coverage for all U.S. residents. Authorize automatic enrollment upon birth or establishment of U.S. ...

Bipartisan Federal Surprise Billing Legislation Likely to Pass

Although it has been discussed and debated at the federal level for years, viable bi-partisan surprise billing legislation had not been proposed until recently, in the form of the No Surprises Act (“the Act”). It seems likely that the current federal legislation will pass soon, which would be a first step towards a nationwide approach ...

Department of Transportation to Establish Committee to Study Air Ambulance Billing Practices

Concern about out-of-pocket costs associated with air ambulance transport has been growing for some time. Groups such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have advocated for state flexibility to regulate the billing practices of the industry. A small but meaningful step forward came last fall with the passage of a legislative requirement that ...

Health Policy News October Edition

 Introduction This month’s edition of Health Policy News focuses on recent developments relative to drug policy, which has been an ever-growing focus at the State and Federal level. We continue our coverage of efforts relative to drug cost control with short summaries of recent decisions on Section 1115 Waivers submitted by Massachusetts and Oklahoma, and ...

Bipartisan Bill to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic Signed into Law

The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (“SUPPORT Act”) was signed into law by the President on October 24, 2018, after passing the House and Senate with bipartisan support. A press release issued by the Senate explained that the Act aims to target the opioid epidemic ...

Federal Departments Finalize Rule to Expand Access to Short Term Health Plans that are not ACA-Compliant

On August 1, 2018, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services (together, “the Departments”) jointly promulgated a final rule on Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance (“final rule”). The final rule further amends the proposed rule released in February and seeks to carry out the directions given in ...

21st Century Cures Act

By Margot Jones, Jay Peck and Margot Thistle, with assistance from EVV Workgroup Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act On December 7, 2016 Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Act”), which was signed into law on December 14, 2016. The Act is aimed at modernizing health care delivery, improving quality and targeted improvements ...