Search Results Archives: January 2013

January 29, 2013

Lobbyists air concerns about doctor gift-disclosure rule at White House

From: RegWatch/The Hill’s Regulation Blog

By Megan R. Wilson

Lobbyists are lining up to meet with Obama administration officials about rules that would require medical companies to disclose financial relationships with doctors, according to records released by the White House.

The rules set forth by the Affordable Care Act reached the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in November — way behind schedule set by Congress. Interest groups and Congress have since called for the administration to speed the process along. OIRA has up to 90 days to conduct a review, giving it until Feb. 27.

January 22, 2013

Regulations on individual mandate expected soon

From:  Healthwatch/The Hill’s Healthcare blog

By Sam Baker

The White House budget office is reviewing new rules to implement benefit requirements in President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The regulation could be issued this month — a review from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is typically one of the last steps before regulations are published.

The rules recently submitted to OMB deal with exemptions from the rules for “minimum essential coverage” — the standards that coverage has to meet to satisfy the healthcare law’s individual mandate, which requires most taxpayers to either buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

January 21, 2013

Clean Air Act Litigation to Stay Hot in 2013

From: Environmental Protection

I would expect some action on ozone, some forward progress to happen on ozone, in the coming year,” says Christopher Ahlers, a fellow at the Vermont Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic who is teaching an elective course on air pollution law and policy this semester.

By Jerry Laws

January 4, 2013

Department Of Labor Quietly Announces Impending Release Of New “Persuader Rules”

From: JD Supra Law News

Doug Hass | Franczek Radelet P.C.

In June 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed new regulations that would significantly narrow the DOL’s interpretation of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) that  has been in force since 1962. Dubbed the “persuader rules,” the regulations address Section 203 of the LMRDA, which, among other things, requires employers to file reports with the DOL when they hire consultants or contractors (including attorneys) to persuade employees on the issue of unions. The latest report from the DOL to the federal Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs states that the DOL plans to take final action in April 2013 on the new rules.

January 2, 2013

Timing of Unified Agenda release draws criticism from Issa

From: 1500AM

By Michael O’Connell

On Christmas Eve, The White House released the Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, a compilation of agencies’ plans for new regulations.

But the document has stirred controversy for a number of reasons, not least because it was published nine months late. Republican lawmakers have accused the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of trying to hide those plans from the public.