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June 27, 2017
Health Care Reform

Senate Republicans Introduce Their Version of ACA Replacement Bill

On June 22, 2017, the U.S. Senate introduced a bill to repeal and replace the ACA. The bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), is the Senate’s response to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which the House passed back in May. In introducing the BCRA, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he anticipated a vote on the BCRA before Congress’s week-long Fourth of July recess. It now appears that the vote will not happen until after the break. Because the bill is a reconciliation bill, it requires only a majority of senators to approve in order to pass the Senate — although it’s unclear whether there’s enough Republican support in the Senate to achieve a majority

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Federal Health Updates

HHS Publishes HIPAA Checklist Related to Cyberattacks

HHS recently published a quick-response checklist on cyberattacks, which outlines the steps for a HIPAA-covered entity or its business associate (BA) to take in response to a cyber-related security incident.

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DOL Releases Mental Health Parity Guidance

On June 16, 2017, the DOL, HHS and the Treasury (“the Departments”) released “FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part 38.”

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