Washington Update

Department of Education Releases Information on Proposed College Ratings System

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The Department of Education has released a draft framework of its controversial plan to set up a college ratings system, but higher education experts remain concerned that the program will not be ready for the 2015–16 academic... Click Here To Read More

Senators Reintroduce Student Aid Legislation

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Legislation that would reform federal student aid has been reintroduced in the new Congress by two bipartisan groups of Senators. The proposed bills could disrupt medical education financing.

The Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act was ... Click Here To Read More

ADEA Sends Comments on GME to House Subcommittee on Health

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ADEA, along with the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, sent comments on GME to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The letter highlighted that the president’s 2015 budget... Click Here To Read More

President Obama Proposes Two Years of Free Community College

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The White House unveiled an ambitious program that would make two years of technical or community college “as free and universal as high school.” The plan, known as America’s College Promise, would base student eligibility on a GPA of at least a 2.5, a minimum of half-time attendance and progress made toward earning a... Click Here To Read More

Solicitor General to File Brief on Who Owns Patient’s Clinical Information

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The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the government to weigh in on a case that would consider the basic issue of who owns a patient’s clinical information. Supreme Court justices met on Dec. 12, 2014, to discuss the case Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, and decided that before they could make a decision, they would ask the... Click Here To Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Validity of Tax Subsidies in Federal Health Exchanges

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In March, the Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, which will decide whether it is legal to give tax breaks to people who buy health insurance in the 37 states where the federal government runs the exchange. If the court rules that tax subsidies in the federally run exchanges are illegal, an ... Click Here To Read More

House Proposes Bill to Redefine a Workweek as 40 Hours

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The House of Representatives wasted no time in passing a bill last month that would change a key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation would change the definition of a full-time workweek from 30 to 40 hours.

The definition is important because under the ACA, employers must offer health insurance if they have... Click Here To Read More

Congress Extends Higher Education Tax Credits

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Just before leaving town and formally ending the 113th Congress, the Senate approved the extension of $45 billion in tax incentives that had been set to expire. The provisions include several incentives of interest to the higher education community.

The Dec. 16 vote extended the tax deduction for qualified tuition and other... Click Here To Read More

Proposed FDA Rule Would Require Electronic Transmission of Some Prescription Data

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The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a rule that would require electronic distribution of labeling regulations for prescription drugs and biological products.... Click Here To Read More

Dental Reimbursement Grantees Invited to Technical Assistance Call

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Division of Community, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Programs Part F HRSA-15-023 grantees are invited to an upcoming Dental Reimbursement New Applicants Technical Assistance call for the Dental Reimbursement grantees on Feb. 19, 2015, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Participants will have an... Click Here To Read More