Month: July 2018

Department of Labor Rule Would Allow Small Business Health Plans

Department of Labor Rule Would Allow Small Business Health Plans On June 19, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a final rule on association health plans, which relaxes the requirements for small businesses and the self-employed to join together in creating healthcare plans capable of sidestepping certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  In a move that has been largely lauded by Republicans and criticized by Democrats, the Trump Administration cites the new final rule as working towards fulfilling a campaign pledge of lowering insurance costs. In stressing what was ultimately the main purpose of the ACA,...

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U.S. Fight Against Opioids Rages On

U.S. Fight Against Opioids Rages On During the week of June 15th of this year alone, the U.S. House of Representatives passed 25 bills aimed at combatting the country’s opioid epidemic, a crisis that continues to spread. Within the fairly wide-ranging catalog of bills, most seek to positively impact the epidemic through treatment and recovery, prevention, and the dissemination of information. Among the bills currently making the most headlines are H.R. 3331, H.R. 5002, H.R. 5176 and H.R. 4275. H.R. 3331 is a bill that would promote the testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers to adopt and...

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