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SGR Reform—Improved Outlook for Congressional Action This Year?

October 24, 2013 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, Stephen Weiner, Andrew Shin

A bicameral impetus to reform the SGR, and a coalescence around legislative principles, has been a rare bipartisan development in an otherwise divided Congress this year.

Government Shutdown Aftermath: CMS Under Pressure to Finalize Medicare Payment Rules

October 18, 2013 | Alert | By Andrew Shin, Alexander Hecht

Because of the prolonged government shutdown, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may encounter delays in promulgating final payment rules that would otherwise be effective January 1, 2014.

Effect of a Government Shutdown on Medicare, Medicaid, and Other ACA-Related Operations

September 25, 2013 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, Stephen Weiner, Andrew Shin

Funding for Medicare and Medicaid is mandatory, meaning it is not subject to annual appropriations that lapse during a shutdown.
In today’s challenging health care environment, Charitable Patient Assistance Programs (Charitable PAPs) have emerged to meet the needs of the nearly 30 million Americans that are underinsured and have difficulty paying out-of-pocket medical costs.
In today’s challenging health care environment, Charitable Patient Assistance Programs (Charitable PAPs) have emerged to meet the needs of the nearly 30 million Americans that are underinsured and have difficulty paying out-of-pocket medical costs.
In today’s challenging health care environment, Charitable Patient Assistance Programs (Charitable PAPs) have emerged to meet the needs of the nearly 30 million Americans who are underinsured and have difficulty paying out-of-pocket medical costs.
In today’s challenging health care environment, Charitable Patient Assistance Programs (Charitable PAPs) have emerged to meet the needs of the nearly 30 million Americans that are underinsured and have difficulty paying out-of-pocket medical costs.
In today’s challenging health care environment, Charitable Patient Assistance Programs (Charitable PAPs) have emerged to meet the needs of the nearly 30 million Americans that are underinsured and have difficulty paying out-of-pocket medical costs.

Massachusetts House and Senate Negotiators Agree on FY 2014 Budget; Funding Sources Remain Uncertain

July 2, 2013 | Advisory | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Amarynth Sichel

On Sunday, four hours before the start of Massachusetts’ new fiscal year, the legislative conference committee tasked with ironing out differences between the House and Senate budget proposals agreed on a final compromise version (H 3538).
In today’s challenging health care environment, nearly 30 million Americans suffering from various chronic and life-threatening illnesses are underinsured and have difficulty paying their out-of-pocket medical costs.

President’s 2014 Budget Proposal for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

April 12, 2013 | Advisory | By Stephen Weiner, Alexander Hecht, Joseph Hammang

The Obama Administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget on April 10th. The 244-page document outlines the President’s spending priorities for the coming fiscal year.

President's 2014 Budget Prioritizes Clean Energy Funding

April 12, 2013 | Alert | By Jordan Collins

On April 10th, President Obama released his 2014 budget proposal. Although actual appropriations levels ultimately depend on Congressional action, the President’s 244-page budget provides valuable insight into the Administration’s spending priorities, and its energy policy positions.

Hints of Bipartisan Cooperation on Health Issues in the Energy & Commerce Committee

January 28, 2013 | Advisory | By Alexander Hecht, Joseph Hammang, Gary Bacher, Tom Koutsoumpas, Jeremy Rabinovitz, Kevin Kappel, Robert Skinner

In first days of 113th Congress, the House approved bipartisan legislation, hinting at possible increased cooperation on health care issues

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Stem Cell Funding Petition

January 11, 2013 | Advisory | By Joseph Hammang, Alexander Hecht, Robert Skinner

The on again, off again nature of federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research has created a great deal of uncertainty for academic scientists, major research medical centers, venture capital investors, biotechnology companies, and state legislatures and economic development officials.

Massachusetts 2013 – 2014 Legislative Session Preview

January 10, 2013 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox

The 188th Massachusetts Legislature began the 2013 – 2014 legislative session on January 2. This alert identifies the key public policy issues that will likely emerge in the current session and offers insight into their possible implications.

Final SBIR Rules Published

January 3, 2013 | Advisory | By Alexander Hecht, Jonathan T. Cain

On December 27, 2012, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) published a final rule to amend regulations governing eligibility for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs and to implement provisions of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011.
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