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Mintz and ML Strategies will host the 3rd Annual Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Industry Summit on May 8, 2018! This year's summit will take place in Boston and we are thrilled to announce that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will be the keynote speaker. 
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Congress has until Friday to finalize a government spending bill. Over the next couple of days it will decide whether to move forward with a number of consequential health care issues, market stabilization and drug pricing chief among them.
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This week, Congress returns to Washington with 11 days to finalize a government spending bill. Standing in the way are a number of unresolved health care issues, including drug pricing and market stabilization.
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Congress has three weeks to finalize an omnibus spending package. There are a number of issues that are expected to come up, including market stabilization and drug pricing, among other issues. There's also activity at the state level on Medicaid waivers and work requirements. We cover this and more in this week's preview.
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Congress is back in session and will begin its work in finalizing a final spending bill for fiscal year 2018. Both chambers are considering new ways to address the opioid crisis, and we should expect a renewed push around gun control and mental health.
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With the end of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle fast approaching, Beacon Hill’s agenda for the coming months has begun to take shape. All major policymaking will need to be concluded by the end of formal sessions on July 31, and lawmakers have a long to-do list they hope to complete before that date.
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This week, the President's FY 2019 budget will be released, and the Administration will spend the next couple of weeks touting its goals. How this activity is received in Congress will play out in various committee hearings, as will issues like drug pricing, which the Administration is closely examining.
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Today, the White House released its FY 2019 budget proposal, outlining its policy priorities for the fiscal year. In health care, the President's budget focuses on prescription drug pricing and opioid funding.
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The New Extender Timeline

February 8, 2018 | Blog

Based on the most up-to-date information on the budget deal, we have developed a new timeline for the major health care extenders. This new timeline is important because these provisions were once all tied together and now, they are not.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Evolution of Repeal and Replace

September 22, 2017 | Advisory

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.
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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.
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