Category: The Affordable Care Act

Key Health-Related Provisions Tucked into Year End Spending Bill

Last week, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (“the Omnibus”). This legislation contains both $1.1 trillion in government spending for FY16 as well as $650 billion in tax breaks. The Omnibus includes several health care related provisions, both on the funding and tax sides. This post highlights some of the more significant items.

Supreme Court Upholds Federal Exchange Tax Subsidies in King v. Burwell

Today, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in King v. Burwell.  The case questioned whether individuals who purchased health insurance through the federal Healthcare.gov marketplace were entitled to receive tax subsidies pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or whether such subsidies were reserved for individuals who purchased health […]

Congress Takes Step Towards Scrapping Device Tax

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 280-140 to pass H.R. 160, a bill that eliminates the 2.3 percent medical device tax. The vote was strongly bipartisan with 46 Democrats joining all Republicans voting in favor of scrapping the tax. The vote came amid the threat of a veto from the […]

OIG Report Encourages States to Explore Alternate Methods for Calculating Medicaid Supplemental Rebates

On December 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report titled: “States’ Collection of Offset and Supplemental Medicaid Rebates”  (OEI-03-12-00520).  This report was based on the findings of a 2013 OIG survey of all fifty states and the District of […]

HHS OIG Hands Out 2015 Work Plan For Halloween

On Friday October 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its annual “Work Plan” for fiscal year 2015.  The Work Plan is a compilation of the OIG’s plans for new and ongoing reviews and activities (including audits, evaluations, and certain […]

Business Forward Hosts HHS’s Director of Private Sector Engagement for a Discussion on Health Care for Small Businesses

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Business Forward hosted a discussion with Rhett Buttle, the Director of Private Sector Engagement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Buttle began by providing background on the Affordable Care Act and then opened the line for questions. During Mr. Buttle’s discussion of […]

CMS Issues Final Rule on Marketplace Auto-Enrollment

On September 5, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule, effective October 6, 2014, that, among other things, specifies the auto-enrollment process for consumers who receive health insurance coverage through a qualified health plan offered under a federally-facilitated marketplace (Marketplace). According to a fact sheet released by CMS, “[a]s […]

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Sends Notices Regarding Citizenship and Immigration Data Inconsistencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) began sending follow-up notices to consumers with citizenship or immigration data inconsistencies who have not responded to previous notices via mail, email, and phone. CMS cautions that consumers who have not yet responded must act […]

Resource Launch: Introducing Cooley’s Health Exchanges Presentation

We are very pleased to introduce a new resource that has been added to our blog. On February 19, Cooley teamed up with New York City Health Business Leaders to sponsor “Health Exchanges: Passing the Torch to the Next Phase of Implementation,” a panel discussion led by Cooley Attorney, Wendy […]

Law360 Article: “Debate Over ACA Contraception Mandate Continues”

As we previously posted on our blog, the Affordable Care Act has been subject to extensive litigation since its enactment, including numerous lawsuits opposing its contraception mandate provision by both for-profit and nonprofit companies. At first blush, the cases appear to be very similar. However, the cases differ in several […]