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Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 29 Apr 2010

New federal oversight structure for insurance market reforms

As the first of what may be multiple new offices created to oversee implementation of health reform, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently established the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) within HHS "to provide leadership for implementing the provisions of the health reform bill that address private insurance."


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 1 Apr 2010

A baker's dozen of significant changes in health reform

The enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (signed into law by President Obama on March 30, 2010) (collectively, PPACA or the Act) represents a significant legislative milestone that has proven elusive in American politics since the time of the Great Depression.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 4 Mar 2010

Health reform - new activity and expired deadlines

In anticipation of his White House Reform Summit, President Obama released an 11-page summary of the administration's $950 billion health reform plan that proposes to extend insurance coverage to more than 31 million Americans.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 4 Feb 2010

New rules -- parity in treating mental, substance use disorders

In an effort sure to impact providers with regard to the delivery of mental health services to patients, the U.S. Departments of HHS, Labor and the Treasury (collectively, departments) jointly released an interim final rule on February 2, 2010, that requires group health plans to treat medical and mental health benefits equally.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 21 Jan 2010

Outlook on health reform: the clock is ticking

As Democratic leaders continue to negotiate and reconcile the remaining pieces of a compromise healthcare reform bill, the January 19 election of Republican Scott Brown for the Senate seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) has thrown the Democrat's strategy for passing healthcare reform into disarray.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 12 Nov 2009

The House reform bill -- winners and losers; revenue-raisers; next steps

Late Saturday, November 7, 2009, the House passed The Affordable Health Care for America Act of 2009 (H.R. 3962) by a narrow margin of 220-215 votes.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 29 Oct 2009

Speaker Pelosi unveils new version of House bill

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other House leaders unveiled H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, in a ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 6 Aug 2009

Healthcare reform -- four committees done; one to go

The House Energy and Commerce Committee resumed and completed its markup of the Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200) last week after several days of intense negotiations with moderate "Blue Dog" Democrats that ended with the adoption of a compromise agreement by the Committee.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 23 Jul 2009

Healthcare reform - putting the puzzle together

Five key committees are currently laboring on comprehensive reform in Congress.


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 25 Jun 2009

Finance Committee plan drops public option; provides wiggle room for employer mandate

Bullet-point presentations currently circulating among members of the Senate Finance Committee offer a snapshot of the options and alternatives being considered for the Committee's reform bill which is slated for markup in mid-July, although this timing may shift.

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