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May 21, 2019 | Daily News

Federal DC District Judge Richard Leon again said from the bench that he supported the Trump administration’s expansion of short-term plans and sympathized with the Department of Treasury’s argument that the plaintiffs are playing politics in the courtroom.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

The Supreme Court punted back to the lower court the Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht case, which focuses on whether Fosamax maker Merck should be held liable for injury to consumers even though FDA rejected the company’s proposal to include warnings on its drug label.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

Nine home health workers and two unions are seeking to intervene in a new lawsuit challenging a final rule from CMS that bars states from deducting union dues from the wages of home health workers who are paid by Medicaid.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

Five House committee chairs stepped up pressure on the Department of Justice and the White House counsel to hand over documents showing why the administration recently shifted positions in Texas v. Azar and is now calling on the courts to scrap the entire Affordable Care Act, warning lawmakers  may issue a subpoena if the administration  doesn't provide documents and a transcribed interview of Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought by May 24.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

Hospitals are asking the federal D.C. district court to make CMS propose a way to fix 340B pay rates by June 28 to ensure that the agency doesn’t cut hospitals’ reimbursement for 340B drugs in the 2020 outpatient pay rule.

May 13, 2019 | Daily News

The attorneys general for five states filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Monday (May 13) over a final rule issued earlier this month that repeals an Obama-era rule allowing union dues to be deducted from Medicaid payments made to independent home health workers.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

A federal D.C. district court judge is giving CMS the “first crack at crafting appropriate remedial measures” to fix the cut to hospitals’ pay for 340B drugs included in both the 2018 pay rule and the 2019 rule, as the court on Monday (May 6) said CMS did not have authority to put forward the cuts in either regulation.

May 03, 2019 | Daily News

Federal D.C. District Court Judge Richard Leon will hear arguments on May 21 in the ongoing lawsuit to overturn the Trump administration’s expansion of short-term health plans.

May 02, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (May 2) finalized its repeal of an Obama-era regulation that allowed union dues to be deducted from Medicaid payments made to independent home health workers.

May 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration late Wednesday (May 1) told a federal appeals court it agrees with a district judge’s ruling that the entire health care law is invalid, yet also asked the court to retain certain ACA provisions the administration claims would not harm the plaintiffs, including updates to Medicare fraud laws – a move that left key legal experts scratching their heads.

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.