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This Week in Washington 06/29/12 – Featuring Supreme Court Ruling Analysis

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Posted on June 29, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Future of the Affordable Care Act: The Debate Rages On… Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) individual mandate by a 5-4 majority (click here to view Hall Render’s Broadcast sent 06/28/12).  Yet the fate of the landmark legislation remains far from decided.  On Capitol Hill, Republicans will... READ MORE

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This Week in Washington – June 22, 2012

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Posted on June 22, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Supreme Court Decision Due Next Week The U.S. Supreme Court issued a series of opinions on June 18 and June 21 but did not release the health care ruling.  Monday is the last official opinion day on the court calendar, though it appears the court could hand down additional rulings as late as next... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – June 15, 2012

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Posted on June 15, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Stark Rejects Calls to Waive Anti-Fraud Laws Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) made clear this week that he will oppose any effort to relax federal health care fraud and abuse laws, including the law that bears his name. Physician advocacy groups have recently called on Congress to relax anti-fraud laws as a way to entice... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – June 8, 2012

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Posted on June 8, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Senate Minority Leader Tells Hall Render Some ACA Provisions Will Remain At a small breakfast meeting in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Hall Render Shareholder John Williams that Senate Republicans will follow the lead of their House counterparts and prepare legislation to keep those provisions of the Affordable... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – June 1, 2012

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Posted on June 1, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Medicaid Provider Taxes Targeted…Again The Republican Leadership of the House and Senate put the Medicaid provider tax threshold on the table again this week, this time as a way to pay for a one-year extension of the interest rate for subsidized Stafford student loans that expires on July 1, 2012.  A similar proposal was... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – May 25, 2012

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Posted on May 25, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Senate Passes FDA Reauthorization Bill In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate passed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S.3187) Thursday night by a vote of 96-1.  The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), creates a user-fee program for biosimilar and generic drugs.  It also... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – May 18, 2012

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Posted on May 18, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Medicare/Medicaid Overhaul Not Expected During Lame Duck Session   The Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee agreed this week it is very unlikely that Congress will make significant changes to Medicare and Medicaid during the lame duck session that follows the November election.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – May 11, 2012

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Posted on May 11, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

House Reconciliation Bill Cuts Health Care Spending The House of Representatives voted along party lines Thursday to pass a bill that makes major cuts in Medicaid spending while allowing across-the-board Medicare cuts to take effect as scheduled. The budget reconciliation bill introduced earlier in the week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and adopted... READ MORE