• On April 7, 2015, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. (These temporary visas are for high skilled workers, such as doctors.) USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. As it has done since 2013, USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, will also not be counted toward the congressionally mandated FY 2016 H-1B cap. 
  • CMS has imposed a $1 million civil money penalty on Aetna Inc. for erroneously identifying in-network pharmacies to beneficiaries enrolling in Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D drug plans for 2015. Aetna reported that a total of 6,887 non-network retail pharmacies were erroneously identified by Aetna as “retail in-network” for 2015 on its website and through its call center customer service representatives during the calendar year 2015 Annual Election Period. Aetna has until June 2nd to request an appeals hearing.