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Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate December 14, 2009

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
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  • December 14 2009

Debate on healthcare reform legislation continued on the Senate floor last week, while behind the scenes a tentative agreement was reached among Democrats on the controversial public insurance option

Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 7 2009

The Senate returned from Thanksgiving break last week and resumed consideration of its healthcare reform bill in earnest, debating and voting on several amendments to the legislation

Partial repeal of the insurance antitrust exemption introduced as amendment to Senate healthcare bill

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 4 2009

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) filed an amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) (the “PPACA”) on December 1, 2009, that would repeal the exemption from federal antitrust laws for the health insurance and medical malpractice insurance industries

Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate November 23, 2009

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 23 2009

Healthcare reform efforts headed into another weekend showdown, as the Senate kicked-off consideration of its legislation with a key procedural vote on Saturday evening

Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate November 16, 2009

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 16 2009

Following the House’s November 7 vote on healthcare reform, the Senate now faces increasing pressure to vote on a bill this year, as evidenced by the words of both the current President and a former President last week

Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 9 2009

The House passed its $1 trillion healthcare reform bill over the weekend, following a week-long flurry of behind-the-scenes activity by Democratic leaders, as they worked to line up the 218 votes necessary for passage

Botox maker files First Amendment suit against the FDA

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 3 2009

Allergan, Inc., the maker of the drug Botox, recently filed suit against the Food & Drug Administration, alleging that certain FDA regulations unconstitutionally restrict Allergan’s truthful speech regarding off-label uses of its drug

Minnesota governor proposes changes to state law to allow for the purchase of health insurance policies across state lines and the creation of an interstate health insurance compact

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 28 2009

Governor Time Pawlenty (R-MN) recently outlined a set of proposed healthcare reforms to be considered during Minnesota's 2010 legislative session

House Committee votes to eliminate insurers’ federal antitrust exemption

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 22 2009

On October 21, the House Judiciary Committee voted to repeal health and medical malpractice insurers’ long-standing federal antitrust exemption

Wisconsin announces emergency rule for implementation of autism coverage

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 21 2009

This week, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle announced an emergency rule (the “Rule”) interpreting and implementing Section 632.895 (12m) of the Wisconsin Statutes which mandates that insurers and self-insured health plans provide coverage for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders