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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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Senate HELP Committee Convenes Third and Final Cures Markup

April 6, 2016 | Advisory | By Eli Greenspan

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, Eli Greenspan

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 Eli Greenspan, 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, Eli Greenspan

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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As Deadline for Expiration Approaches, Congressional Action Likely

December 7, 2015 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, R. Neal Martin

Now just days away from the December 11th expiration of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that has been funding federal activities since the start of the current fiscal year on October 1st, Congress is feverishly working to reach agreement on a long-term Omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year.
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FDA Invites Genome Scientists to Come Play in the precision FDA “Sandbox”

November 13, 2015 | Alert | By Joanne Hawana, Eli Greenspan

On November 12th and 13th, the Food and Drug Administration hosted genome scientists from across the nation at its campus in White Oak, Maryland.
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Recent Developments in Massachusetts Health Policy

October 23, 2015 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Sasha Dudding, Stephen Weiner

Building on the momentum of early October hearings on the state’s growing health care expenditures, the Health Policy Commission (HPC), the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Governor Charlie Baker, and others spent the past two weeks crafting new policies for the industry and its consumers.
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Massachusetts Legislature Takes Action on Opioid Crisis

October 7, 2015 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Sasha Dudding

Amid a recent surge in opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts, with over 1,200 accidental deadly overdoses last year, the Senate passed legislation on October 1st that is designed to fight the epidemic on various fronts.
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EB-5 Regional Center Program to Get Short-Term Reprieve with Passage of Continuing Resolution

September 30, 2015 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, R. Neal Martin, Douglas Hauer

Coinciding with the end of the current fiscal year, the EB-5 regional center program is set to expire today but will get a temporary reprieve with expected final passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 11 and also temporarily extend the regional center program through that same date.  
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Massachusetts Legislature Ends Active July with Budget Overrides

August 5, 2015 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Max Samels

After a busy final few weeks of activity, the Massachusetts Legislature departed for its summer recess with a new budget and progress on several priority policy issues. In addition to overriding $97 million in Governor Baker’s vetoes, Boston lawmakers considered tax, public records, energy, healthcare, and labor issues.
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In a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on Tuesday, July 21, roughly two dozen lawmakers and a wide range of business officials, advocacy groups, non-profit leaders, and academics testified in support of a pay equity bill aimed at eliminating the wage gap between genders in Massachusetts.
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