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April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice is slated to submit on Wednesday (May 1) its first brief in the high-prolife lawsuit Texas v. Azar since its surprise decision to flip positions and call for the entire Affordable Care Act to be invalidated.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration on Monday told existing association health plans they can continue to operate despite a recent federal court ruling that axed key pieces of the federal rule that expanded the plans.

April 29, 2019 | Daily News

Reversing the Trump administration's rule expanding the scope of short-term plans could save the federal government $8.9 billion and decrease nongroup premiums by 1%, but it would increase the number of uninsured people by 500,000, the Congressional Budget Office found.

April 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Labor on Friday (April 26) appealed a federal court’s March 28 decision that the Trump administration rule promoting association health plans (AHPs) violates the law, but DOL has yet to say whether it will ask the court to pause the ruling until the appeal is resolved.

April 26, 2019 | Daily News

A federal judge granted a request from New Hampshire to intervene on the side of CMS in defending the state’s plan to enact Medicaid work requirements.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

New Hampshire wants a federal judge to let the state help defend CMS’ approval of its plan to implement Medicaid work requirements.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday (April 25) issued a nationwide injunction blocking a Trump administration rule that bars federal funds from going to clinics providing, or referring patients for, abortions, and which many conservatives say targeted Planned Parenthood.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

Vermont is freezing approvals of new association health plans (AHPs) and barring existing plans from enrolling new members or marketing their products following a federal judge’s March 28 decision that invalidated key parts of the Trump administration’s AHP rule and remanded the regulation back to the Department of Labor.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

A Democratic aide says that House lawmakers have yet to receive a response to a series of questions regarding the Trump administration’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act from a constitutional challenge.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

Leading consumer advocacy groups say the public health stakes are high in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case heard by the Supreme Court this week, warning in an amicus brief that a decision to tighten restrictions on what information can be released would virtually dry up data the groups have obtained from FDA.

April 24, 2019 | Daily News

Members of Congress from both parties are intervening on opposite sides of a hot-button lawsuit that will help determine whether Medicaid beneficiaries can sue their state government if the state removes certain medical providers -- such as those that perform abortions -- from the state’s Medicaid program.

April 22, 2019 | Daily News

A federal appeals court has agreed to expedite its consideration of the two cases challenging the legality of Medicaid work requirements after CMS asked that the cases be accelerated.

April 18, 2019 | Daily News

In a loss for the brand-drug industry, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (April 15) declined to hear Allergan’s appeal defending its sale of patents to a Mohawk tribe, leaving a lower court ruling against Allergan in place.

April 17, 2019 | Daily News

CMS is seeking an accelerated appeal in the litigation over Medicaid work requirements because, according to the agency, a district judge’s recent rulings that invalidated work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky will cause “significant disruption to the detriment of the states and the federal government.”

April 11, 2019 | Daily News

A key Justice Department political appointee who led oral arguments in the controversial challenge to the Affordable Care Act at the district court level has dropped out of the case and will soon leave DOJ, coming just days after House Democrats told Attorney General William Barr to let his lawyers in the case testify before Congress, and ahead of DOJ’s May 1 deadline to file an opening brief in the appeal.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (April 10) appealed a pair of judicial decisions that blocked Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday granted the Department of Justice’s unopposed request to expediate oral arguments in the controversial challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and set the hearing for the week of July 8.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats put Attorney General William Barr on the hot-seat several times Tuesday over the administration’s switch of positions in Texas v. Azar, first in a letter demanding Barr fully explain the reasoning behind the move, provide access to any related documents and make key Justice Department lawyers available for questioning by April 22, and then during Barr’s appearance at an appropriations hearing.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

Hospitals say CMS cannot simply ignore the way Congress has written site-neutral and payment policy in defending its decision to cut the pay rates for clinic visits at certain off-campus hospital outpatient facilities “simply because it disagrees” with lawmakers.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Republican attorneys general seeking to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act have reversed course and no longer oppose a July oral argument date in the Texas v. Azar appeal now that the Trump administration has agreed the ACA should be scrapped and has requested a hearing for the week of July 8, which suggests DOJ may be taking the reins from the appellees even though the government formally remains an appellant in the high-profile case.