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Federal Relations: Medical Device Tax Gets Reprieve, Solar Energy Price Increase, WOTUS Confusion

- On Monday, Congress passed an amended version of H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act. The bill, signed by President Trump later that day, extends government funding through February 8, 2018, as well as suspends the medical device tax for two years and renews the Children’s Health Insurance Program funding for six years. The medical device tax [...]

2018-01-26T14:19:48+00:00 January 26th, 2018|

On the Federal Front: Government Shutdown Looms at Midnight; Repeal of Medical Device Tax at Stake

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a short-term funding bill for the government through mid-February. Yet avoiding a government shutdown is far from certain, with the Senate needing 60 votes to move it forward to a vote. Among the provisions, the bill would help continue our military readiness and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six [...]

2018-01-19T15:24:32+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Donnelly and Young Join Forces; DACA Moves Back Into Spotlight

- Former Eli Lilly executive Alex Azar received a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee this week as President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Procedurally, the President had to re-nominate him in 2018. Since Azar was confirmed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee fairly easily, we do not anticipate any issues [...]

2018-01-12T14:25:32+00:00 January 12th, 2018|

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Looks at Impact of New Tax Reform Law; Senator Young Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Government Accountability and Save Taxpayer Dollars

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) has taken action related to the federal tax bill. On January 3, the IURC issued an order initiating an investigation of the impact of the newly-signed federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on investor-owned utilities in the state. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump [...]

2018-01-05T13:13:06+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Walorski Pushes for New Repeal of Medical Device Tax; Ways and Means Committee Focuses on Obamacare Tax Relief

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) has brought forth legislation to suspend the medical device tax for five years. She joined Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) in co-authoring the bill, H.R. 4617, which would delay the implementation of the 2.3% tax that was originally created through the Affordable Care Act. In 2017, Congress delayed the tax for two years, but without intervention [...]

2017-12-20T12:16:39+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

Federal – Taxation: Health Insurance Tax Back in Play, Effective Jan. 1 Unless Congress Acts

The fate of Obamacare’s health insurance tax (HIT) is currently being decided in negotiations over a year-end bill. Also in the mix is a two-year delay of Obamacare’s medical device tax, loosening the restrictions on health savings accounts and delay of the Cadillac tax – all Indiana Chamber-supported efforts. HIT implementation has consistently been delayed. But Congress is cutting [...]

2017-12-08T14:14:22+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

More Hoosiers in Trump Administration; Other Delegation Briefs

Another Hoosier is headed to Washington, D.C. to work in the Trump administration. This week, President Trump announced his pick for Secretary for Health and Human Services: Alex Azar, a former Eli Lilly executive. A lawyer by trade, Azar has spent the past 10 years focusing his time on government health care regulation.The most recent secretaries of this agency [...]

2017-11-17T14:20:11+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

New Federal Tax Plan: Meaningful, Yes. Comprehensive Reform, … ?

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) has finally arrived! The long-awaited details – over 400 pages worth – are now out there for all to debate. This is a debate that will play out before the House Republican Ways and Means Committee next week. Much of the public discourse will focus on how it impacts individuals, but [...]

2017-11-03T13:39:35+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Budget Passes; Tax Reform Up Next – Setting the Stage

Good news coming out of Washington, D.C., this week: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution by a vote of 216-212. As expected, Indiana Republicans supported the effort, while our two Democrat members voted in opposition. The passage of the budget is fantastic news on its own; however, it also serves as the last procedural hurdle that [...]

2017-10-27T14:06:13+00:00 October 27th, 2017|