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The Courts

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Catholic Health Association that his signature law is fulfilling Americans' right to health insurance and should not be repealed but made stronger.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.

April 06, 2015 | Daily News

As Republicans begin rolling out their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this year, congressional committee staffers say the insurance industry is warming to the idea of overturning the individual mandate -- a major component of GOP health reform outlines pitched so far.

April 02, 2015 | Daily News

The lawyer who represented the board in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission said many boards, including those that oversee medical practices, may have to change their composition in order to comply with federal antitrust laws.

March 31, 2015 | Daily News

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday (March 31) that providers can't sue states over Medicaid rates, in part because HHS handles rate setting and the law on rate setting is too broad for federal courts to take up.

March 17, 2015 | Daily News

The House GOP budget unveiled Tuesday would allow congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act using Congressional Budget Office assumptions from January 2015, and to essentially ignore new numbers CBO would come out with if the Supreme Court rules that ACA subsidies cannot flow through the federal exchanges, according to a budget expert.

March 12, 2015 | Daily News

Health insurers are working on their own contingency plans in preparation for a potentially disastrous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, while the Obama administration has more regulatory options that would help mitigate effects of an insurance “death spiral” than HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and other officials are publicly willing to admit, industry leaders said Thursday (March 12).

March 12, 2015 | Daily News

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito’s comments suggesting the possibility of a several-month delay in pulling subsidies should the plaintifs win in King v. Burwell was the “most surprising” part of the case’s oral arguments last week, University of Michigan assistant law professor Nick Bagley said during a heated panel discussion between prominent supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday (March 11).

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