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November 13, 2018 | Daily News

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday (Nov. 13) asked a federal district court to issue an injunction to stop Matthew Whitaker from participating in a case over the Affordable Care Act and to declare Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the rightful acting Attorney General of the United States.

November 12, 2018 | Daily News

A coalition of GOP attorneys general threw their support behind the Trump administration’s controversial association health plans, telling a federal court they back the administration’s call to dismiss a Democratic-led lawsuit challenging a rule that expanded the scope of the plans.

November 12, 2018 | Daily News

Dozens of academics in public health and health law told a federal judge that CMS misrepresented studies on the relationship between work and health when the agency approved Arkansas’ controversial program of Medicaid work requirements.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Texas District Judge Reed O' Connor is expected to rule any day on the high-profile case over the Affordable Care Act now that the election is over, and some legal experts believe he is likely to overturn as least the law's protections for preexisting conditions but could also move to an injunction that would end implementation of the entire law.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

In the immediate aftermath of the midterm elections, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asked the Trump administration to “withdraw from a lawsuit” to eliminate parts of the Affordable Care Act, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told Inside Health Policy he would join Pelosi’s call for the GOP to scrap the suit.

November 06, 2018 | Daily News

At least two of the four issuers that failed to convince a full panel of federal appeals court judges to rehear their suit over the ACA's risk corridor program plan to petition the Supreme Court to hear the case.

November 06, 2018 | Daily News

Arkansas’ controversial Medicaid work requirements should be halted for many of the same reasons that Kentucky’s proposed work requirements were blocked from taking effect earlier this year, advocates for beneficiaries told the federal judge who is presiding over both cases.

November 06, 2018 | Daily News

President Donald Trump’s claim that he was unaware that Attorney General Jeff Sessions urged a Texas federal court to eliminate coverage for preexisting conditions could come back to haunt the Trump administration during the case’s appeals process, legal experts say.

November 02, 2018 | Daily News

The federal D.C. District court declined to put on hold hospitals' lawsuit over repeated delays of the 340B ceiling price rule despite HHS' proposed to implement that rule Jan.1, and Judge John Bates told HHS and hospitals to come up with a joint briefing schedule.

November 02, 2018 | Daily News

The legal battle over the federal government's recent rule that broadened the definition of an employer in order to expand access to association health plans moved a step forward this week with the Department of Labor urging the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia to throw out the suit, contending the plaintiffs lack standing.

November 01, 2018 | Daily News

The federal DC district court again ordered HHS to clear the backlog of Medicare appeals, saying that since the department told the court it could clear the backlog in fiscal 2022, the agency should do so by the end of that year and provide the court with updates on its progress.

October 29, 2018 | Daily News

Federal DC district judge Richard Leon poked several holes in the plaintiffs’ arguments against the expansion of short-term health insurance plans and seemed to agree with the Trump administration’s defense of the plans at a preliminary injunction hearing Friday. A court ruling on whether to block the administration's controversial move to extend the duration of the plans won't come before the end of the year, following the Affordable Care Act's latest open enrollment period, he said. 

October 25, 2018 | Daily News

Plaintiffs in the high-profile case to block the Trump administration’s rule expanding short-term health insurance plans take issue with the Department of Justice's arguments that the stakeholders do not have standing and argue the rule violates the intent of the Affordable Care Act by steering patients away from ACA-compliant plans. The plaintiffs’ reply brief was filed Monday (Oct. 22), days before the federal DC district court was slated to hear oral arguments Friday (Oct. 26) on their motion for the court to immediately suspend the rule.

October 25, 2018 | Daily News

Two California men have pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud Affordable Care Act plans in at least 12 states by enrolling people in coverage and transporting them to expensive drug treatment facilities in California that paid referral and other fees, the Department of Justice announced.

October 23, 2018 | Daily News

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh asked the Supreme Court to review the state’s law that would give its attorney general authority to sue generic drug manufacturers for “unconscionable” drug price increases, after a Fourth Circuit panel stopped the law from going into effect.

October 19, 2018 | Daily News

HHS told a federal court that it intends to release by Nov. 1 a proposal that would move the effective date for the 340B ceiling prices and penalties rule to Jan. 1, up from July 1, and for that reason the court should put a lawsuit over the date on hold.

October 19, 2018 | Daily News

Two weeks after the IRS collected an Obamacare tax from Medicaid managed care plans, a federal judge denied a request from six GOP-led states that sought to bar the collection of that tax.

October 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump Administration is arguing that the stakeholders seeking to immediately suspend new federal regulations on short-term plans fail to show that they would be harmed by the rule and therefore their request for a preliminary injunction should be rejected.

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

More than a dozen health care stakeholders recently filed briefs in support of groups that are asking a federal district court to immediately end implementation of the Trump administration’s rule expanding access to short-term health plans.

October 12, 2018 | Daily News

A second health plan that sued the government for ending reimbursements for cost-sharing reductions in October 2017 has been awarded money from the U.S. Federal Court of Claims: Sanford Health Plans is set to receive just over $360,000 that the government determined the plan would have been owed for the fourth quarter of that year.