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The Courts

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

U.S. Court of Claims Judge Margaret Sweeney in late March denied a request from the class action case to file judgment for cost-sharing reduction payments due for the 2017 plan year, which would have allowed Wisconsin-based Common Ground and the more than 90 other issuers in the lawsuit to be a party to an ongoing appeal.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration is consulting with the Justice Department on whether to appeal a federal court ruling that shot down key parts of the administration’s final rule expanding access to association health plans.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

A federal district court judge denied multiple requests from the federal government to stop a lawsuit beneficiary advocates first brought about eight years ago seeking appeal rights for Medicare beneficiaries that are put under observation rather than admitted to the hospital, and the judge says the suit should quickly move to trial.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Health care stakeholders remain fixated on the lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality as key Republican and Democratic senators urge Attorney General William Barr to explain the Department of Justice’s surprise move to call for the entire health law to be scrapped and as stakeholders file “friend of the court” briefs in the controversial case, Texas v. Azar, which is now on appeal at the Firth Circuit Court.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The health insurance association spearheading a lawsuit to overturn the Trump administration’s rule that promotes short-term health plans says in court filings that their issuers have already noticed an impact on enrollment due to the rule, which they say eliminates any question of standing in the case.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

New York state has filed a lawsuit against opioid makers and distributors and the Sackler family, which founded Purdue Pharma and developed OxyContin, for false and deceptive marketing of opioids that the state alleges helped spur the opioid epidemic, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday (March 28).

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Federal judge John Bates on Thursday sided with a group of Democratic attorneys general and ruled that the Trump administration’s rule expanding access to association health plans (AHPs) is an “end run around the Affordable Care Act,” just days before the final phase of the rule was set to go into effect April 1.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The governor of Arkansas said Thursday (March 28) that the state has stopped enforcing its Medicaid work requirements in light of a federal judge’s ruling invalidating the requirements, but he is urging the Trump administration to appeal the decision and remains committed to putting work requirements back into effect.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

A federal judge on Wednesday (March 27) again rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to add work requirements to Medicaid, blocking one such program from taking effect in Kentucky and canceling another program in Arkansas under which more than 18,000 people lost coverage.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Faced with the Department of Justice's surprise decision to seek elimination of the entire Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit, House Republican committee leaders huddled Wednesday afternoon to work on a response and to start laying plans for an alternative to Obamacare -- but they hope the White House will lead on this.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is thinking about refiling his lawsuit asking a federal court to declare the Affordable Care Act constitutional, which had been dismissed in February, now that the Department of Justice is calling for a federal court in Texas to scrap the entire health law.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic governors on Tuesday blasted the Department of Justice’s reversal in the high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act and pledged to do whatever possible to shield residents from the potential loss of insurance coverage or consumer protections, in a call set up by the Democratic Governors Association.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump told Senate Republicans that the Department of Justice’s call for a federal court to scrap the Affordable Care Act provides an opportunity for Congress to improve health care, but Senate Republicans seemed unsure of that and expressed confusion over the administration's shifting stance.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Less than 24 hours after the Department of Justice asked a federal court to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act, House Democrats introduced sweeping legislation to bolster the Obama-era health care law and rallied to protect the law as the case moves through the appeals system.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, has settled with the state of Oklahoma for $270 million in the state’s opioid litigation against multiple opioid makers over their allegedly deceptive marketing practices.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

The federal government says cutting the pay rates for clinic visits at certain off-campus hospital outpatient facilities is well within CMS’ authority, and the law exempting those facilities from other site-neutral payments doesn’t limit CMS’ ability to change the pay rates for services to control volume.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act would cause the uninsured rate to increase by at least 65 percent and cause the amount of uncompensated care to grow by at least 82 percent, according to a new study by the Urban Institute.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice on Monday (March 25) told the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that it now agrees with District Judge Reed O ‘Connor’s Dec. 14 decision that the ACA’s individual mandate is no longer valid and therefore the entire Affordable Care Act, which included major reforms to the insurance market and Medicaid and established the biosimilars market, should be thrown out.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice on Monday (March 25) told the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that it now agrees with District Judge Reed O'Connor’s Dec. 14 decision that the ACA’s individual mandate is no longer valid and therefore the entire Affordable Care Act, which included major reforms to the insurance market and Medicaid and established the biosimilars market, should be thrown out.

March 22, 2019 | Daily News

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a motion telling federal courts in Texas that the state is no longer interested in the challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and would like to be formally removed as a plaintiff in Texas v. Azar.

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