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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law

This blog post focuses only on how the Supreme Court’s decision affects businesses in their capacity as “employer” and administrator of their group health plans.  This post does not address the many significant issues that may be faced by hospitals, health care providers, drug and medical device manufacturers, health insurers or state governments.

The Supreme Court’s Decision

On June 28, the Supreme Court released its decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius.  The Court ruled on various issues, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate” and “Medicaid expansion” provisions.

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TAGS: Benefits, Health Care Act, Healthcare Reform

New Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Credit Will Benefit Biotech Companies

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adds a new provision to the Internal Revenue Code that could provide a significant benefit to small and mid-size companies in the biotechnology industry.  The Act, which was signed by President Obama on March 23, authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to award up to $1 billion in qualifying therapeutic discovery project credits in 2009 and 2010.  The credit is equal to 50% of an eligible taxpayer’s qualified investment in a qualifying therapeutic discovery project.

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