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May 2, 2017
Health Care Reform

Republicans Announce Amendment to AHCA

On April 25, 2017, Republican leaders within the U.S. House of Representatives released a copy of what is being called the MacArthur Amendment. The proposal signals the Republicans’ intention to move forward with a revised American Health Care Act (AHCA). The amendment, sponsored by Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), would keep certain ACA provisions in place such as the prohibition on pre-existing condition exclusion periods, the prohibition on gender discrimination in premium rating, no cost sharing for certain preventive care services and coverage for children to age 26.
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Federal Health Updates

HHS Settlement for $2.5 Million Highlights HIPAA Compliance Requirements

On April 24, 2017, HHS issued a press release announcing a settlement with CardioNet for $2.5 million based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI). The announcement is significant because it is the first settlement involving a wireless health services provider, as CardioNet provides remote mobile monitoring of and rapid response to patients at risk for cardiac arrhythmias.
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