Washington Update

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

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On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a 7-1 ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Fisher). Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case.

Abigail Fisher, an applicant to the University of... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics

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On June 13, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion regarding a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that found both isolated DNA and cDNA (a form of DNA artificially synthesized from a messenger RNA... Click Here To Read More

Health Professions Schools Warned Against Hepatitis B Discrimination

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The Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services sent a joint letter to all U.S. medical schools, dental schools, nursing schools, and other health-related schools, expressing concern that some may be making enrollment decisions based on an incorrect... Click Here To Read More

Pediatric Dental Care Provision Under the Affordable Care Act Faces Challenges

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Parents may not be required to buy dental coverage if the cost of the stand-alone dental coverage does not count toward the amount of financial assistance a family could receive to purchase health insurance. And, if bought as a separate policy, the kids' dental coverage will require payments in addition to those for medical coverage. Many worry... Click Here To Read More

Update on Undergraduate Student Loans Impending Interest Rate Increase

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Without intervention from Congress, the interest rate on federal student loans will increase from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1, 2013. On May 23, 2013 the House took up and passed H.R. 1911, “Smarter Solutions... Click Here To Read More

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Begins Rolling Out the Affordable Care Act’s Physician Payment Sunshine Act

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On February 11, 2013, ADEA disseminated a memorandum on the applicability of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), see memorandum here. Under the Sunshine Act, physician is defined to include... Click Here To Read More

Legislation Filed to Redefine a Standard Work Week Under the Affordable Care Act

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Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Susan M. Collins (R-ME) introduced a bill (S. 1188) that would raise the standard for a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from 30 to 40 hours per week.

Under the Affordable Care Act’s provisions in tax code... Click Here To Read More

Update on Budget Negotiations in Congress and Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations

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The first step in adopting an annual budget for the federal government is for the House of Representatives and the Senate to each pass a concurrent resolution on the budget before working out the differences so that there is one set of fiscal targets for the coming fiscal year, 2014. This year, both the House and Senate passed budget... Click Here To Read More

National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research Issues a Fact Sheet on the Impact of Sequestration and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2013

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The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) issued a fact sheet on the impact of the sequestration on NIDCR’s budget and programs. The fact sheet provides a clear picture as to the mandatory across-the-board cuts caused by sequestration. Also, NIDCR posted... Click Here To Read More

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship - June 2013

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The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship in the Advocacy and Governmental Relations (ADEA AGR) portfolio of the ADEA Policy Center in Washington, DC. This student legislative internship provides a unique... Click Here To Read More

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