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The Courts

September 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday (Sept. 27) to hear a case that could define the extent of CMS’ authority to issue legal interpretations that affect Medicare payment policies without going through notice-and-comment rulemaking.

September 28, 2018 | Daily News

An already tense Supreme Court confirmation took another twist late Friday after President Donald Trump agreed to ask the FBI to further investigate allegations against nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who could potentially be the deciding vote on a number of health-related cases should he eke through the process.

September 26, 2018 | Daily News

Consumer advocates are cheering a recent federal court ruling that affirmed the Affordable Care Act's prohibition against sex discrimination in insurance coverage also protects against discrimination based on gender identity.

September 25, 2018 | Daily News

The American Clinical Laboratory Association is weighing legal options after the federal DC district court on Friday (Sept. 21) dismissed the group's lawsuit challenging reporting policies that drive down CMS' payment for clinical lab services.

September 23, 2018 | Daily News

Six GOP-led states doubled down Friday (Sept. 21) on an effort to block the IRS from collecting an Obamacare tax that Medicaid plans are required to pay Oct. 1.

September 18, 2018 | Daily News

A federal Judge on Friday dismissed a suit against Kaiser Permanente that charged the issuer's decision to cover cochlear implants but not hearing aids violated the Affordable Care Act's 1557 non-discrimination provisions, which bars plans from discriminating on the base of race, disability, color, national origin, sex, or transgender status.

September 18, 2018 | Daily News

California is suing AbbVie for allegedly offering providers kickbacks to prescribe Humira, an expensive arthritis drug that has also come under fire on Capitol Hill due to steep price increases.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

A group of seven health industry stakeholders, including health plans and patient and providers groups, are asking a federal district court to declare the Trump administration's short-term limited plan rule unlawful, arguing it undercuts the Affordable Care Act and arbitrarily reverses earlier limits on the products.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

The same federal judge who blocked Kentucky from implementing Medicaid work requirements in July will preside over the recently filed lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ similar work-requirement program.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

Six states engaged in litigation over an Obamacare tax on Medicaid plans filed papers this week asking a Texas federal judge to block the IRS from collecting that tax on Oct. 1.

September 13, 2018 | Daily News

Maryland's attorney general on Thursday (Sept. 13) filed suit against the federal government for its ongoing attacks against the Affordable Care Act, and asked the court to declare the law constitutional.

September 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Oklahoma Department of Insurance released guidance on Friday (Sept. 7) limiting the sale of the state's short-term plans to a period of fewer than six months, in contrast to the Trump administration’s new limit of 364 days.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

A federal judge on Friday (Sept. 7) struck down a 2014 CMS rule that imposed a strict definition of Medicare Advantage overpayments and an exacting liability standard for when MA plans were required to report such overpayments and return them to CMS.

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

The federal government is obligated to reimburse Montana Health Cooperative around $5.7 million owed in cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments after it ended disbursements last October, a federal court said Tuesday.

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

Democratic senators seized the opportunity to hammer Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his position on Roe v. Wade following the release of a leaked e-mail in which he wrote that the Supreme Court could potentially reverse the abortion law.

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

Fort Worth--Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor wrapped up three hours of oral arguments on Wednesday saying he will respond “as quickly as possible” to the 20 GOP-led states’ request to stop enforcement of the entire Affordable Care Act, as well as the Trump administration's alternative request to deem the individual mandate unconstitutional and ax the guarantee issue and community rating requirements in the plaintiffs' states.

September 05, 2018 | Daily News

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told senators that he would stick to court precedent if confirmed to the bench and refused to comment on ongoing legislation and litigation related to coverage of preexisting conditions under the Affordable Care Act.

September 05, 2018 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges and America’s Essential Hospitals refiled their lawsuit to reverse CMS’ cut to Part B reimbursement for 340B drugs.

September 04, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in a Friday preview of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee that kicked of Tuesday (Sept. 4) worried that Brett Kavanaugh's positions on presidential power could threaten the ACA's preexisting conditions protections.

August 31, 2018 | Daily News

An industry lawyer said a Missouri law enacted this week to limit the use of the word “meat” on food sold in the state to traditional animal products ramps up the regulatory uncertainty facing cell-based meat producers, who are working to develop foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal the food product is supposed to resemble.

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