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As of June 2015, 24 states utilize a traumatic or acquired brain injury waiver,1 as provided under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, which are designed to help individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) live in the community setting of their choice.
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Massachusetts State Legislature Takes Action on Major Employment Reform as Legislative Session Ends

August 10, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Parnia Zahedi, Hari Patel

In the final weeks before the end of the legislative session, the Massachusetts House and State both addressed major pieces of labor and employment legislation. However, although the legislature passed S.2119, an Act to establish pay equity, and S.2407, an Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination, much of the legislation that business leaders had been anticipating was left unfinished as lawmakers adjourned their formal session on the night of Sunday, July 31.
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2015-2016 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

August 8, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Parnia Zahedi

After a mad scramble to take action before their midnight deadline, Massachusetts lawmakers closed the 2015-2016 legislative session by passing five of the “Big Six” bills on their agenda. Beacon Hill saw a flurry of activity in the final weekend of July as lawmakers rushed to make up for months of little action.
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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Clean Energy Legislation

August 2, 2016 | Alert | By David O'Connor

Late Sunday night, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill that will significantly increase electricity produced by offshore wind, hydropower and other renewable energy sources.
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Baker Signs FY17 Budget, Issues Vetoes

July 12, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Maxwell Fathy

Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY17 on Friday, July 8, after vetoing $256 million in spending included in the plan approved by the legislature. The budget, which represents the second annual spending plan signed by the Governor, totals $38.92 billion and increases spending by just $489 million, or 1.3%, over FY16 levels.
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House Passes Noncompete Reform

July 5, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Hari Patel

On Wednesday, June 29th, the House passed H. 4434: An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements, which includes a number of provisions that have long been discussed as the necessary components of non-compete reform.
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Health Care Congressional Outlook for the June Work Period

June 6, 2016 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht

The next six weeks are shaping up to be the final work period before the summer recess, with both chambers scheduled to leave DC by July 15th for party conventions followed by the August recess.
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FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Budget

May 31, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Maxwell Fathy

The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to pass its FY2017 state budget just before midnight on Thursday, May 26. The spending plan, which totals $39.558 billion, spends $60 million more than Governor Baker’s proposal and $50 million more than the House plan approved last month. 
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FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

May 2, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Parnia Zahedi

In a unanimous vote of 156-0, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $39.56 billion spending plan for FY2017 on April 27. Over three days, the House considered more than 1,300 amendments to pass a final budget that allocates approximately $10 million more than Governor Baker’s spending plan, but closely resembles his proposals.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a solar energy bill into law that increases the statewide limits on the amount of solar capacity that will qualify for net metering, but also lowers the value of net metering credits for large-scale projects.
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This morning the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold its third and final markup for its biomedical innovations package. This package is a compliment to the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act, which the House passed in July of 2015.
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Health Care Congressional Outlook for the Spring Work Period

April 4, 2016 | Advisory | By Alexander Hecht

The next work period basically runs from April 4 to May 27, with both chambers adjourning for a week long recess the week of May 2. Following this work period, there will be five weeks left on the legislative calendar before Congress recesses for Summer.
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Senate HELP Committee Eyes Mental Health, Substance Use Package

March 16, 2016 | Advisory | By Alexander Hecht

This morning, the Senate HELP Committee will hold an executive session regarding the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, a comprehensive mental health package negotiated in part by the Senate HELP Committee and the Administration.
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Governor Baker Signs Opioid Bill

March 14, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Sasha Dudding

Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill that offers long-awaited measures aimed at tackling the state’s growing opioid abuse crisis. After receiving House and Senate approval last week and spending seven weeks in conference committee negotiations, the bill will now become law.
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On March 10, the Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill that offers long-awaited measures aimed at tackling the state’s growing opioid abuse crisis. After House approval the previous day and seven weeks of conference committee negotiations, the bill is now on the governor’s desk, and is poised to become law.
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Health Care: What's on the Radar for This Congressional Work Period

February 19, 2016 | Advisory | By Alexander Hecht

The next Hill work period basically runs from February 22 to March 18. As Congress returns, here’s a brief look at the pending health care issues on the radar for this work period.
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Deciphering the Final AMP Rule – Key Provisions Impacting Pharmacies, PBMs, and Manufacturers

February 10, 2016 | Advisory | By Theresa Carnegie, Ellyn Sternfield, Lauren Moldawer

In late January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the much anticipated Covered Outpatient Drugs Final Rule with Comment (the “AMP Final Rule”).
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Governor Baker Files FY2017 Budget, Economic Development Bill; Speaker DeLeo Outlines Agenda

February 1, 2016 | Alert | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Julie Cox, Sasha Dudding, Maxwell Fathy

With Beacon Hill off and running in the new year, Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week unveiled key parts of their policy agendas for 2016.
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Washington Outlook for 2016

January 20, 2016 | Advisory

Welcome to 2016 and our annual look at what’s in store for the United States Congress in the coming year. Here you will find a preview of the US legislative agenda as well as a look at the Obama Administration’s regulatory plans.
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Governor Baker Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts

January 11, 2016 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Daniel Connelly, Maxwell Fathy

On Friday, January 8, Governor Charlie Baker ordered $49 million in emergency spending cuts aimed at erasing a projected state budget shortfall. In a letter to state lawmakers, Baker said his administration had identified a $320 million gap between projected spending and revenues through the end of the fiscal year in July.
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