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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.

May 14, 2015 | Daily News

CMS will hold a two-day meeting at the end of July where state-based exchange leaders will have an opportunity to talk with their federal partners about ways to ensure the marketplaces’ long-term financial stability, a state source said Wednesday (May 13).

May 14, 2015 | Daily News

Separating eligibility determinations from the rest of state health insurance exchange functions could be the future of marketplace operations, exchange experts said this week at a National Health Insurance Exchange Summit.

May 14, 2015 | Daily News

Seventeen states that use the federal marketplace in full or as a partnership exchange have said they would reopen rate filings for health insurance plans after May 15 if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor against the administration in King v. Burwell and pulls subsidies from those in federally run exchanges, a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association official said Wednesday (May 13).

April 27, 2015 | Daily News

Some opponents of the Affordable Care Act were elated on Monday (April 27) by a court ruling that brought them a step forward in their fight against the contraception mandate, as a separate decision last week dismissed claims that the health reform law's individual and employer mandates are not valid because the law was improperly drafted.

April 10, 2015 | Daily News

States cannot limit the work of navigators and other consumer assisters who help people enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, a federal appeals court ruled Friday (April 10) in Missouri v. St. Louis Effort for AIDS.