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Late Monday night (February 5, 2018), the House of Representatives released a continuing resolution to keep the government funded and running until March 23, 2018. This CR includes many health care related provisions, specifically many of the health care “minibus” riders. In the chart below we summarize major health care provisions in this CR specific to the health care minibus.

Governor Baker Files FY2019 Budget

January 30, 2018 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Maxwell Fathy

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion budget proposal for FY2019. The plan, commonly referred to as House 2, is the fourth Baker has proposed since assuming office and increases spending by 2.6% over FY2018 levels.

Alcohol Task Force Releases Final Report

January 23, 2018 | Advisory | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Maxwell Fathy

The Task Force that Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg commissioned to review the alcohol industry in the Commonwealth issued its final report on December 27, 2017.

Recreation Marijuana Industry Forges Ahead Amid Enforcement Uncertainty

January 22, 2018 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Caitlin Beresin

The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) voted in late December to approve draft regulations establishing the framework for the recreational marijuana industry of Massachusetts.

Potential Government Shutdown and Impact on Immigration Processes

January 19, 2018 | Alert | By William Coffman

As of 4 pm on Friday, January 19, 2018, the US Senate had not reached an agreement on the terms of a continuing resolution to keep the US government running. The US House passed a 30-day resolution on Thursday, but this must also pass the Senate and President Trump must sign it before midnight, January 19, 2018 to avoid a shutdown. 

Massachusetts Health Care Update: Senate Bill, Medication Switching, and Opioids

November 20, 2017 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Caitlin Beresin, Maxwell Fathy

Massachusetts policymakers continue to debate health care reform proposals with important implications for industry stakeholders.

Draft Regulations on Employer Health Care Assessment Released

November 13, 2017 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Maxwell Fathy

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has released draft regulations changing the existing Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC), creating a temporary supplemental contribution, and modifying the unemployment insurance rate schedule.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Non-Compete Legislation

November 6, 2017 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Maxwell Fathy, Sarah Engell

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a hearing on Tuesday, October 31 to receive testimony on the several bills introduced this session addressing the use of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Senate Releases Comprehensive Health Care Legislation

October 19, 2017 | Advisory | By Brian Dempsey, Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Maxwell Fathy

On Tuesday, October 17, Massachusetts Senate leaders released comprehensive health care legislation containing a wide range of provisions significantly impacting industry stakeholders.

Managing the Energy Impacts of the Massachusetts Cannabis Industry

October 17, 2017 | Alert | By Caitlin Beresin, Julie Cox, David O'Connor

State-by-state legalization of the medical and recreational use of marijuana is creating a new industry in the U.S. that has the potential to rival our largest businesses. However, the growth of this new industry comes at a cost.

Evolution of Repeal and Replace

September 22, 2017 | Advisory | By Eli Greenspan

The Republican evolution on health care over the course of 2017 has tested the resolve of the party’s years-long effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Republican goal of repeal and replace has reached a fever pitch, with days to go before we may come to a resolution on this nearly eight-year drive.

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

September 14, 2017 | Advisory | By Brian Dempsey, Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, David O'Connor, Caitlin Beresin, Maxwell Fathy

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal sessions will end until 2018.

Massachusetts Senators Hold Healthcare Roundtable Discussions

September 13, 2017 | Advisory | By Julie Cox, Olivia Castor, Sarah Engell

This past August, the Massachusetts Senate and the Millbank Memorial Fund Healthcare Working Group held three roundtable discussions geared towards finding solutions to rising healthcare costs and providing patients with more coordinated care.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Turn Attention to Cybersecurity

September 6, 2017 | Alert | By Brian Dempsey, Julie Cox, Maxwell Fathy

In the wake of growing concerns about data privacy and cyber threats, Massachusetts lawmakers are increasingly focused on evaluating and improving the state’s cybersecurity policies and information technology infrastructure.

Governor Baker Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts, Draws Rebuke from Legislature

December 7, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Maxwell Fathy

On Tuesday, December 6, Governor Charlie Baker, under his Section 9C authority, ordered $98 million in mid-year cuts from the $39.25 billion FY17 state budget. The administration has warned of budget imbalances for months and this action aims at aligning state revenues, which have lagged throughout the year, with projected spending.

Potential Paths to Deregulation in 2017

November 30, 2016 | Alert

Following the beginning of the 115th Congress (January 3) and President-elect Trump’s inauguration (January 20), the legislative and executive branches will have at their disposal a number of legal methods for following through on their deregulation pledges.

Recent Developments around Pharmaceutical Drug Spending in Massachusetts

November 14, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Maxwell Fathy, Elena Horvit

Throughout the fall, policy makers in Massachusetts have sharpened their focus on the rise of pharmaceutical drug prices and their role in the growth of overall health care spending in the Commonwealth.

Flash: What the Election Means for Health Care

November 11, 2016 | Alert | By Eli Greenspan

There are a number of factors to consider that have broad implications beyond health care:

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

October 4, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, David O'Connor, Maxwell Fathy, Elena Horvit, Parnia Zahedi

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of the year and no controversial legislative matters are expected to pass during this time.
As stakeholders and watchers of the expansive field of regenerative medicine likely are aware, earlier this year a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Stem Cell reported on the growth of so-called stem cell clinics operating in the U.S.
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