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The Courts

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

A three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provision bars insurers from discriminating against disabled individuals in their plan design.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Several insurers participating in the class action over the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridor program are still disputing the amounts owed and claim the government’s attempt to reduce the payments due to debt still owed for other reasons is illegal, according to a brief filed at the Court of Federal Claims Friday (July 10).

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court on Oct. 6 will hear a case that could help states lower drug prices by limiting the activities and profits of pharmaceutical benefit managers, according to the court’s docket.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

Arkansas and the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday (July 14) to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that blocked the state’s Medicaid work requirements program.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court Monday (July 13) released a calendar of cases it will hear in the first half of October, all of which were delayed from the Spring, but the high-profile case over the Affordable Care Act, California v. Texas, is still not scheduled.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

A Maryland federal court on Monday (July 13) temporarily prohibited FDA from enforcing certain in-person prescribing and dispensing requirements for the abortion drug mifepristone.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

Women’s advocates and health insurers Friday (July 10) cheered the Maryland District Court’s decision to block the Trump administration from implementing a rule that would have required insurers that cover abortion services not covered by the Hyde Amendment to send two bills to consumers.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to divide 30 minutes of oral argument time between itself and the GOP attorneys general -- and two Texas residents -- seeking to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act in California v. Texas, since the parties have distinct positions on standing and on a potential remedy in the case.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court Wednesday (7-2) upheld the Trump administration’s rule that lets employers refuse to provide cost-free contraceptives to workers due to religious or moral objections, saying the Affordable Care Act grants HHS the discretion to set that policy.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

A group of nine Senate Democrats, led by Senate health committee ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA), asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to scrap the Trump administration’s rule that rolls back the Affordable Care Act’s gender discrimination protections.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The American Civil Liberties Union says the Supreme Court’s recent 5­-4 decision to strike down Louisiana abortion restrictions boosts abortion care providers’ calls for FDA to remove prescribing and dispensing restrictions on the abortion pill mifepristone and shuts down the agency’s arguments that clinicians have no standing to assert patients’ rights to access the drug.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Department of Justice has been entering into agreements to pay out potentially billions of dollars to insurers who have sued over the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridors program, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s April ruling that the government is statutorily obligated to make the payments.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in a case over illegal robocalls is seen by legal experts as a boon for the ACA supporters, as the court found that an unconstitutional provision can be severed from the remaining law, which is a key question the justices will consider in California v. Texas.

July 01, 2020 | Daily News

The Republican attorneys general of Ohio and Montana, who hold a different stance than the GOP AGs seeking to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act and the Democrats who argue the law’s individual mandate is still constitutional, are asking the Supreme Court for time to explain their position during oral arguments.

July 01, 2020 | Daily News

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Tuesday (June 30) sued to block a Minnesota law, slated to take effect today, that aims to make insulin affordable.

June 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration in its opening Supreme Court brief in the high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act again asks that the ACA’s coverage mandate be ruled unconstitutional and not severable from the rest of the law, and still seeks a narrower remedy that would save some portions of the law that don’t harm the two Texan plaintiffs.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

Dialysis Patient Citizens sued CMS over its decision to let Medicare Advantage plans attest to having dialysis available in their networks rather than requiring specific time and distance standards for outpatient dialysis centers -- a decision the patient advocate group says discriminates against end-stage renal disease patients and was finalized without stakeholders knowing it was an imminent proposal.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association plans to appeal a federal judge’s decision Tuesday (June 23) to let the Trump administration proceed with its controversial hospital price transparency rule.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

A federal judge on Tuesday (June 23) ruled the Trump administration can proceed with its controversial mandate that hospitals publish negotiated rates, rejecting the American Hospital Association’s call for the court to scrap CMS’ hospital price transparency rule that is expected to go into effect in 2021.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

The House of Representatives and a group of Democratic attorneys general have filed amici briefs in the City of Chicago’s suit against HHS and CMS for refusing to set up a special enrollment period though healthcare.gov during the pandemic.