Trump Administration Announces New Drug Importation Rules to Reduce Costs

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration issued a 172-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, if finalized, would allow for the importation of certain prescription drugs and biologic products from Canada. The Administration also announced the availability of draft guidance on how manufacturers can import certain FDA-approved products that were originally intended for sale in [...]

By |2020-07-14T08:13:55-04:00December 20th, 2019|2019 News, News|


The U.S. Senate voted last week to approve President Trump’s nomination of Eugene Scalia to the role of Secretary of Labor. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Eugene Scalia is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was also Department of Labor (DOL) Solicitor General during the George W. Bush [...]

By |2020-07-14T08:13:42-04:00October 2nd, 2019|2019 News, News|


Eric and Denise Kinsinger sued Eric’s employer, SmartCore, LLC, because its health plan failed to cover Denise’s hysterectomy despite preauthorization from the plan’s TPA. In addition to suing the corporation, the Kinsingers named plan administrators Steven Matthew Good and William H. Winn, Jr., personally as defendants for their roles as fiduciaries. On August 26, 2019, [...]

By |2020-07-14T08:13:04-04:00September 4th, 2019|2019 News, News|

IRS Allows New Preventive Care Options for HSA-Compatible HDHPs

On July 17, 2019, the IRS, in conjunction with the Treasury Department, issued Notice 2019-45.  This notice expands the list of preventive care items and services permitted to be covered by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) before the deductible is satisfied, without jeopardizing the covered person’s ability to make or receive contributions to a [...]

By |2020-07-14T08:13:19-04:00July 28th, 2019|2019 News, News|


On June 13, 2019, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury released final regulations that will expand the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), starting in January of 2020. The regulations will allow the integration of HRAs with individual health insurance coverage and also allow certain HRAs to be recognized as “excepted [...]

By |2020-07-14T08:12:36-04:00July 14th, 2019|2019 News, News|

The Camel’s Body is In the Tent

A bipartisan bill called the Lower Health Care Costs Act is under discussion in the Senate Health committee. It addresses surprise medical bills, high drug prices, and public health problems.  It would also improve transparency to ensure that pharmacy benefit managers pass along drug discounts to customers.  In addition, the bill aims to prevent certain [...]

By |2019-06-26T15:32:37-04:00June 12th, 2019|2019 News, News|

Bipartisan Support for New Attempts to Control Prescription Drug Costs

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are applauding two recent developments in the ever-raging battle to contain the cost of American healthcare. On May 8, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that will soon begin requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers [...]

By |2019-06-26T15:34:17-04:00May 20th, 2019|2019 News, News|

Telehealth – The New Frontier of US Healthcare

Telehealth, a form of “virtual healthcare” where diagnosis and treatment are delivered remotely through the use of technology (typically via telephone or video chat), is becoming an increasingly popular element of the US healthcare landscape. Employers and insurers are attracted to telehealth by its relatively low cost as compared to traditional healthcare. For patients, online [...]

By |2019-04-15T09:22:46-04:00April 15th, 2019|2019 News, News|

Association Health Plan (AHP) Provisions Ruled Illegal

AHPs were created in 2017 by President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order, and the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded on them in 2018.  The goal was to promote healthcare choice and competition across the United States.  The changes allowed unrelated small businesses to join together to get better underwriting and avoid certain mandates. However, a [...]

By |2019-06-26T15:31:49-04:00April 4th, 2019|2019 News, News|
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