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June 25, 2015 | Daily News

Although the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare subsidies likely averts a major GOP overhaul of the health care system, it increases the likelihood that Congress will pass a slew of bipartisan health care bills, such as the House 21st Century Cures legislation and other smaller bills, most of which affect Medicare and Medicaid, that the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance committees recently passed or are writing, health care lobbyists and consultants say.

June 25, 2015 | Daily News

Several stakeholders from all sides are pointing to various fixes to the Affordable Care Act that they still see as priorities despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the law's subsidies, with businesses and unions stressing a need for action on the controversial Cadillac tax and several other provisions, including easing reporting requirements and repealing the charge on private businesses used to fund the transitional reinsurance pool.

June 25, 2015 | Daily News

The president celebrated while also offering to work across the aisle on Affordable Care Act improvements, Republicans vowed to continue the repeal effort -- without a clear path forward -- and ACA supporters heaved a collective sigh of relief after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the administration that nearly 7 million Healthcare.gov enrollees in 34 states can keep their health insurance premium subsidies under the law as it is written.

June 25, 2015 | Daily News

The Supreme Court's decision upholding subsidies for millions of Americans maintains the status quo in the health sector, which is ultimately positive for issuers and hospitals, but will not hugely impact ratings for those sectors, several analysts, including Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings say.

June 22, 2015 | Daily News

The U.S. Supreme Court will hand down more decisions on Thursday and Friday this week, its website said Monday afternoon (June 22).

June 17, 2015 | Daily News

Six former HHS officials, including former Secretary Michael Leavitt, in a white paper anticipating possible rulings in the high-profile King case, said the U.S. Supreme Court potentially could side with the petitioners while demanding Congress propose a solution due to the “uniformity clause” that taxes be applied equally across the country.

June 17, 2015 | Daily News

Stakeholders on all sides of Obamacare floated post-King options this week as they braced for a highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether subsidies should be pulled from federally facilitated exchanges.

June 12, 2015 | Daily News

Advocates for older Americans who are not yet eligible for Medicare say the 50- to 64-year-old population is often forgotten in the panic around King v. Burwell, though the pre-Medicare group is one that would suffer the most if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the administration.

June 12, 2015 | Daily News

Bills that would make the small group expansion a state decision could be part of a package of tweaks to the Affordable Care Act, possibly used as a bargaining chip if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the administration in King v. Burwell, a key stakeholder said.

June 12, 2015 | Daily News

The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit against FDA Tuesday (June 9) for denying its Freedom of Information Act request seeking information on the process used by the agency to authorize use of an experimental drug to treat Americans with Ebola.

June 10, 2015 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Republicans on Wednesday (June 10) pressed HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on whether the administration would be willing to work with Congress should the Supreme Court strike subsidies for residents in states with federally run exchanges or would only support a quick, one-line fix as suggested by the president earlier this week.

June 10, 2015 | Daily News

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and other congressional Republicans kicked off BakerHostetler's annual legislative seminar Wednesday (June 10) by calling for reason and progress on health reform, with Grassley suggesting lawmakers reject the notion of fundamentally changing the ACA and focus instead on fixing its flaws.

June 10, 2015 | Daily News

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and other congressional Republicans kicked off BakerHostetler's annual legislative seminar Wednesday (June 10) by calling for reason and progress on health reform, with Grassley looking to focus on long-term fixes to the Affordable Care Act's flaws.

June 09, 2015 | Daily News

President Obama again defended the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday (June 9), telling the Catholic Health Association that his signature law is fulfilling Americans' right to health insurance and should not be repealed but made stronger.

June 08, 2015 | Daily News

President Obama said a one-sentence fix by Congress is all that would be needed to prevent the damage that could occur if the Supreme Court pulls subsidies from residents in federal exchange states, while staying on message Monday that it would be difficult for the administration to manage the adverse effects of such a ruling.

June 04, 2015 | Daily News

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and fellow GOP members of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Thursday (June 4) blasted the Treasury Department for refusing to send three officials to testify at a hearing designed to examine the contentious IRS rule allowing subsidies to flow through exchanges administered by federal government.

June 03, 2015 | Daily News

Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit questioned Sandoz's argument that the “patent dance” provisions outlined within the Affordable Care Act's biosimilar pathway are optional, with one judge saying that the provisions appear to be mandatory and that there's not a hint of “choose your own adventure.”

June 02, 2015 | Daily News

Congressional sources say a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for the Obama administration in King v. Burwell this month could very well be the death knell of the Republican fight to overturn the Affordable Care Act, a turning point at which both sides of the aisle likely would instead set their sights on patching policy and moving forward.

May 28, 2015 | Daily News

A federal court ruling from Friday (May 22) forcing a pharmaceutical giant to keep an older version of a drug on the shelves in part to protect generic competition drew ire from brand drug industry representatives, while consumer advocacy groups tout the decision as a victory for patients.

May 27, 2015 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association is suing CMS again over the pay cut included with the two-midnights hospital admissions policy, as the hospitals say that CMS cannot cut hospital payments in fiscal 2015 by incorporating arbitrary cuts from the previous year.