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  Eric Zimmerman is a recognized Medicare law and policy authority and registered lobbyist who represents clients before Congress and administrative agencies, and helps clients navigate federal legislative and regulatory processes related to Medicare coverage, coding, reimbursement and compliance. Eric is partner-in-charge of the Firm's Washington, DC Health Industry Advisory Practice Group. He also serves as a principal of McDermott+Consulting LLC. Read Eric Zimmerman's full bio.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What You Need to Know – Updated on March 19, 2020


By and on Apr 7, 2020
Posted In Employment

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) was signed into law on March 18, 2020. This summary reflects these changes that includes: requiring employers to provide two weeks of paid sick leave in certain situations and provide subsidized leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act; providing additional nutrition assistance to affected areas and...

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Fifth Circuit Issues ACA Ruling, But Severability Question Remains


By , , and on Dec 26, 2019
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

A decision in Texas v. United States was issued by a divided three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on December 18, 2019. This case presented once again the question whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional and sustainable, and questions of severability remain for the near future. Access...

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Court Issues Permanent Injunction Blocking Medicare 340B Payment Cuts


By , , and on Jan 22, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The US District Court for the District of Columbia recently held that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) exceeded its authority by reducing Medicare payment rates for 340B drugs, but, because of the budget-neutral nature of the cuts, the court left implementation details of its order temporarily unresolved to avoid disrupting administration of...

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Senate Republicans Unveil ACA Repeal Bill


By and on Jun 27, 2017
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

Last week, Senate Republicans unveiled draft legislation to move toward repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The draft health care bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was hatched behind closed doors without public committee hearings or debate, in response to concerns raised by the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), which...

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King v. Burwell Decision Upholds Subsidies in Federal Exchanges


By , , and on Jul 2, 2015
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Fiduciary and Investment Issues, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires premium tax credits to be made available in states that use a federal exchange. The case challenged an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation allowing tax credits in federal exchanges. The Supreme Court upheld the...

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U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions on Whether ACA Permits Tax Subsidies of Health Care Coverage Purchased Through Federal Exchanges


By , , , and on Jul 29, 2014
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule providing for federal tax credits for health insurance purchased through federal exchanges, while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the same IRS rule. If en banc review in the appeals courts does not...

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