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The American Health Care Act: Pre-Existing Conditions, State Waivers & High Risk Pools

In May 2017 the United States House of Representatives passed an Affordable Care Act repeal and replace bill (the American Health Care Act [AHCA]). A few key amendments were made to the bill at the last minute in order to assemble the votes necessary to pass the bill. These amendments included changes to the way that the AHCA would treat pre-existing conditions.

The following piece was written by Alson Martin, a health law expert and the Vice President of Health Care for the Small Business Council of America, to help shed light on this issue: Continue reading

GCCA Commends U.S. Trade Rep. Lighthizer on NAFTA Notification

The Global Cold Chain Alliance is a participant on the Implementing Team of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade (Dialogue) which commended U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for officially notifying Congress given the Trump administration’s previously announced intent to negotiate a “modernization” of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Continue reading

OSHA Delays Recordkeeping Enforcement Date

The United Stated Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it intends to extend the initial date by which certain employers are required to electronically submit their injury and illness logs. The Recordkeeping Rule currently requires certain employers to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A to OSHA electronically by July 1, 2017. The proposal will extend this to a later date.

Currently, there is no additional information about the timeline for this. GCCA will continue to inform its members as additional information, including a proposed extension date, becomes available.

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If you have any questions, please contact GCCA Vice President of Government & Legal Affairs Lowell Randel at lrandel@nullgcca.org.

FDA Releases STF Implementation Update

On April 20, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update on its implementation progress related to the Sanitary Transportation of Food regulations. In the update, FDA states that it is in the process of preparing investigators for the work ahead and developing a free training module for carriers. Below are bullet points outlining FDA’s current status and outlook for inspections and carrier training: Continue reading

EPA Moves to Further Delay RMP Rule

On March 29, 2017, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule to further delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule that was finalized at the end of the Obama Administration.  The proposed rule postpones the effective date until February 19, 2019. This action will allow EPA to consider several petitions for reconsideration of the RMP rule amendments and take further regulatory action. EPA will hold a public hearing on April 19th regarding the proposed new effective date.  GCCA is planning to participate in the public hearing to express support for the delay and highlight concerns with the RMP Final Rule as it is currently drafted.

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