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December 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Department of Justice on Wednesday (Dec. 26) asked a federal district court to pause proceedings in the ongoing case over association health plans (AHPs) due to the government shutdown.

December 21, 2018 | Daily News

The Department of Justice agrees with a group of Democratic attorneys general that U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor should clarify that his controversial ACA ruling is not final -- and thus has no immediate impact -- or should be stayed pending appeal, while the 20 GOP-led states that filed the case say a clarification is not needed and they won’t seek to enforce the order while it is on appeal.

December 20, 2018 | Daily News

A federal judge in Maryland is now weighing whether to grant the Department of Justice’s request to dismiss Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s lawsuit asking the court to declare the Affordable Care Act constitutional following oral arguments held Wednesday (Dec. 19).

December 19, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) blocked a resolution introduced by Senate Democrats that would have authorized the Senate to intervene in the high-profile Texas lawsuit that overturned the Affordable Care Act.

December 18, 2018 | Daily News

The high-profile case in Texas over the future of the Affordable Care Act continues to move at a fast clip with U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreeing Tuesday (Dec. 18) to consider Democratic attorneys general request that he formally clarify or stay his initial ruling in which he stated that the entire ACA is unconstitutional, and he asked the plaintiffs and Department of Justice to weigh in by Dec. 21.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

The 17 Democratic attorneys general intervening in the high-profile Affordable Care Act case in Texas ask U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor to clarify by Dec. 21 that his Friday ruling does not relieve any parties from enforcing the law, or alternatively to issue a stay pending appeal.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Sunday (Dec. 16) sent an email to stakeholders clarifying that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s work will continue unchanged while Texas v. Azar continues moving through the courts, and the demonstrations run through the Affordable Care Act-created center will keep going as well.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

Texas federal district Judge Reed O’Connor’s initial ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional may be one of the most extreme cases of judicial activism in recent memory, experts across the political spectrum say in their initial analyses of the Friday (Dec. 14) decision that sent shock waves through the health care sector.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Democrats are seizing the opportunity to pressure their Republican colleagues to intervene after a Texas federal district court judge ruled to overturn the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, a move that could cause a split among the GOP as lawmakers choose between defending the health law and siding with the Trump administration.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

Federal district judge Reed O’Connor on Sunday issued an order requiring the parties in Texax v. Azar to confer by Friday (Dec. 21) in order to submit by Jan. 4 a proposed schedule for resolving the remaining arguments in the high-profile case over the future of the ACA.

December 15, 2018 | Daily News

The White House cheered the Texas federal district court's decision late Friday to toss out the entire Affordable Care Act along with the individual mandate as Democrats and key healthcare stakeholders blasted the ruling, but all parties noted the law will remain in effect pending appeal. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra immediately announced he would appeal Judge Reed O'Conner's sweeping ruling.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

The Supreme Court declined Monday (Dec. 10) to hear a pair of cases about whether states can block Medicaid money from going to clinics that provide abortions. The court’s decision not to take the cases leaves in place two lower-court rulings that said states violate federal law if they try to exclude Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid programs.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

CMS issued a final rule on 2018 risk adjustment methodology that explains the agency’s reasoning for running the program in a budget-neutral manner and responds to an ongoing court case that challenges the agency’s decision-making.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

The top Democrats on key House committees are demanding HHS produce by Dec. 31 documents and communications related to the department’s involvement in the administration’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in the pending Texas case.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

House Democratic leaders are telling the federal DC district court that the Trump administration’s final rule that changed the definition of an employer in order to promote the creation of more association health plans (AHPs) conflicts with text, structure and history of the Affordable Care Act and should be thrown out.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday (Dec. 4) in a case that pits brands versus generics over whether secret sales of drugs trigger the one-year countdown to file a patent.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature, in an unusual all-night session, hurriedly passed legislation designed to prevent the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general from changing the state’s position on two controversial health care issues.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges sued CMS Tuesday (Nov. 4) over deep reimbursement cuts for clinic visits at hospital off-campus facilities that were included in a site-neutral policy in the final 2019 hospital outpatient pay rule.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Arkansas told a federal judge evaluating the legality of the state’s Medicaid work requirements to ignore early data showing substantial coverage losses in the early months of the program.

November 30, 2018 | Daily News

The parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and its subsidiaries recently filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking reimbursement for cost-sharing reduction payments due in benefit years 2015 through 2017, when the administration shut off the payments.