Author: Jacob Hunt

Nation’s Strictest Data Privacy Law Takes Effect January 1, 2020

Nation’s Strictest Data Privacy Law Takes Effect January 1, 2020 The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”), passed on June 28, 2018, established what is being considered the strictest and most comprehensive data privacy law in the Unites States. The CCPA includes the following consumer rights: (1) the right to know what personal information is collected from them by businesses they deal with; (2) the purposes for which such information is to be used; (3) to whom that information is disclosed or sold; (4) the right to opt out of the sale of personal information; and (5) the...

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340B Program Lobbying Intensifies As Midterms Near

340B Program Lobbying Intensifies As Midterms Near The 340B Drug Discount Program (“340B Program”) was created by Congress in 1992 to help low-income people obtain needed drugs. The 340B Program requires that drug manufacturers provide certain outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations and covered entities at significantly reduced prices. Now sixteen years after the 340B Program’s inception, both sides of the political spectrum as well as hospitals and Big Pharma are pressing for changes to the program. As the lobbying intensifies between hospitals and drug manufacturers, it is unclear what substantial changes the program may undergo. The chasm...

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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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Supreme Court Sides With Employer On Arbitration Clause Case

Supreme Court Sides With Employer On Arbitration Clause Case In a decision with potentially huge implications, the Supreme Court ruled on May 21, 2018 that companies can prohibit employees from using class-action litigation to resolve workplace disputes. In a 5-4 decision on three consolidated cases, the Court found that employers can include clauses in employment agreements that require the employees to use individual arbitration to resolve disputes. In one of the three consolidated cases, an employee of Epic, an electronic health record vendor, alleged on behalf of a group of employees that Epic had wrongfully denied them overtime pay....

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