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The Courts

July 10, 2018 | Daily News

Democratic lawmakers and pro-ACA supporters immediately rallied to oppose President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, due to concerns over his potential views on patients with preexisting conditions and women's health care, while conservatives had already voiced concerns that the federal DC appeals court judge might be too moderate on some health policy issues.

July 10, 2018 | Daily News

The insurance industry was caught off-guard by CMS' decision to hold off making any 2017 risk adjustment payments, and is calling on the Trump administration to issue an interim final rule that would smooth out legal concerns, or take another action, to avert the higher 2019 premium increases expected due to the uncertainty.

July 06, 2018 | Daily News

Hawaii Governor David Ige (D) signed legislation ensuring certain Affordable Care Act benefits are preserved under Hawaii law in the event the federal government repeals all or parts of the law, including the requirements that health insurers cover people with preexisting conditions, not discriminate based on gender and ensure adult children up to 26 years old can stay on their parents’ health plans.

July 06, 2018 | Daily News

The 20 Republican states challenging HHS to strike the Affordable Care Act in Texas v. HHS told the court that if the judge agrees with the Department of Justice’s call to eliminate preexisting conditions coverage, the decision should only apply to the GOP-led states filing the suit, not other states.

July 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s upcoming nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy could play a pivotal role in the future of the Affordable Care Act, experts say, and previous legal opinions of the front-runners demonstrate how they potentially could sway the court against the health law.

June 21, 2018 | Daily News

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is prepared to take the legal battle over Medicaid work requirements all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

June 20, 2018 | Daily News

The attorneys general from New York and Massachusetts are already planning to sue the Trump administration over the association health plan rule finalized Tuesday (June 19), saying the rule promotes fraud and abuse and steps on congressional turf.

June 19, 2018 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of nine governors are urging the Trump administration to end its effort to roll back protections for people with preexisting conditions in a highly watched case in Texas where 20 GOP-led states are challenging the ACA.

June 18, 2018 | Daily News

A federal judge said Friday (June 15) that he will rule by the end of the month on the legality of Kentucky’s plan to add work requirements, premiums, lock-out periods and other coverage restrictions to its Medicaid program.

June 15, 2018 | Daily News

Dozens of key health care stakeholder groups and academics from both sides of the aisle are asking a federal court in Texas to reject the Trump administration's unexpected request to scrap the Affordable Care Act's health insurance protections for preexisting conditions, filing amicus briefs that take issue with the administration and 20 GOP-led states' position that Congress' repeal of the individual mandate negates the preexisting conditions provisions of the health law.

June 14, 2018 | Daily News

A federal appeals court on Thursday (June 14) agreed with the Trump administration that the federal government does not have to provide health insurers past-due risk corridor payments -- a decision which could set a precedent for dozens of related pending cases with over $12 billion at stake, and which could eventually be debated by the Supreme Court.

June 14, 2018 | Daily News

On the verge of a key court hearing on Medicaid work requirements, Kentucky told a federal judge that it has determined most of the plaintiffs challenging the state’s work requirements will not be subject to those requirements when they start taking effect next month.

June 13, 2018 | Daily News

So far, no Senate Republicans have come out in agreement with the Department of Justice’s request that a federal court strike the Affordable Care Act’s preexisting conditions coverage requirement, and while some Republican lawmakers have been quick to bash the DOJ’s request others have pivoted to charging Democrats with stalling health care reform earlier this year.

June 13, 2018 | Daily News

Attorneys for both Allergan and Mylan faced pointed questions earlier this month from Federal Circuit judges, who are now tasked with deciding whether Allergan’s sale of its drug patents to a Native American tribe can shield those patents from inter partes review.

June 12, 2018 | Daily News

Idaho Insurance Commissioner Dean Cameron said that his team is reviewing the Trump administration's recent court stance that insurers should not legally have to cover preexisting conditions before sending a final version of Idaho’s state-based health plan proposal to CMS.

June 12, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters that the entirety of the Senate supports coverage of preexisting conditions, even though the Trump administration’s Department of Justice recently argued to invalidate the ban on denying coverage for those with preexisting conditions as well as health underwriting.

June 11, 2018 | Daily News

Congressional Democrats, ACA advocates and industry stakeholders vow to fight the Trump administration's surprise move in a federal court Thursday (June 7) to try to throw out protections for people with preexisting conditions.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Department of Justice's months-long silence over an effort by GOP-led states to fully toss out the Affordable Care Act now that Congress has repealed the individual mandate will come to an end Thursday (June 7) when administration is required to respond to the states' arguments.

June 04, 2018 | Daily News

The group of 17 Democratic attorneys general defending the Affordable Care Act in a Texas lawsuit that seeks to overturn the entire law are asking the court to reject two Tennessee employers' effort to join the case as plaintiffs.

May 31, 2018 | Daily News

CMS is collecting data for the 2017 plan year cost-sharing reduction (CSR) reconciliation process through Friday (June 1) and reiterated in a recent webinar that issuers who are owed more than they received through the advanced CSRs will not be paid without a congressional appropriation.