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Federal Departments finalize rule to expand access to short-term health plans that are not ACA-Compliant

On August 1, 2018, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly promulgated a final rule on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance (STLDI). The final rule further amends the proposed rule released in February and seeks to carry out ...

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Four cities file a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration for allegedly attempting to undermine the ACA

On August 2, 2018, the cities of Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Baltimore, MD, and Chicago, IL filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland claiming that the Trump Administration has persistently attempted “to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA).” On August 2, 2018, the...

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Lawsuit challenges U.S. Department of Labor regulation allowing small businesses to offer health plans that violate protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

On July 26, 2018, 11 states (led by the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts) and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging a Department of Labor final rule that would allow small businesses to offer health plans providing...

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Opportunity Knocks: Recent Developments Child Welfare Agencies Need to Know About and Tips for Getting Started

A couple of opportunities are converging at the federal level that can collectively advance the sharing of data for better child welfare outcomes. First, the recent Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) Final Rule provides funding for new child welfare systems that are more modular ...

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Recently proposed JOBS Act could signal coming TANF reforms

Momentum has been building for several years to reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and many consider the recently proposed Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services for Success (JOBS) Act to be an indicator of coming reforms. The House Ways and Means committee r...

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Focusing on Data Quality: Key Considerations for Child Welfare Agencies

The Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) Final Rule represents the evolution of the earlier Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). It also represents a bit of a sea change. Moving the focus from monolithic automated information systems to shared data enables...

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Federal District Court Judge invalidates Kentucky’s work requirement in its approved Medicaid expansion program

On June 29, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg of the District of Columbia rejected Kentucky’s work requirement imposed as part of the state’s Medicaid expansion program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On June 29, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg of the District of Col...

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US District Court holds no private right of action under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

On June 15, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the HIPAA statute does not provide a private cause of action. A patient at a hospital in Washington, District of Columbia, claimed that the medical intake computer station violated HIPAA’s privacy protections. She file...

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Panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denies ACA risk corridor payments for two insurers

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, a three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, in a two to one decision, voted against two health insurers in their bid for increased risk corridor payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1342 of the ACA established a temporary risk corridors p...

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CMS issues new guidance on using Medicaid health IT to reduce opioid risks

On June 11, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance to state Medicaid directors about how states can harness Medicaid health information technology to combat the opioid crisis. CMS encourages states to pursue strategies such as enhanced prescription drug monito...

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