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The Courts

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

The federal judge overseeing two lawsuits challenging Medicaid work requirements scheduled back-to-back hearings in the cases for March 14.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday (Feb. 14) decided to let the Democratic-led House intervene in 19 GOP-led states’ controversial challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Texas v. Azar, and said four additional states can join the 17 Democratic attorneys general who are already party to the case.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), along with 61 Democratic co-sponsors, reintroduced legislation to let anyone not currently eligible for Medicaid to buy into the program or leverage it to enhance their coverage in the individual market.

February 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice on Friday (Feb. 8) asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject a request by the Democratic-led House to intervene in Texas v. Azar to defend the Affordable Care Act.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb. 5) upheld the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion, rejecting a lawsuit from a conservative group that argued the ballot measure delegated too much power to the federal government.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

Maine Community Health Options (MCHO), one of dozens of issuers that sued the government over its failure to pay about $12 billion in risk corridor payments owed to industry, has officially asked the Supreme Court to review the Federal Circuit appeals court’s decision in favor of the administration.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

Republican lawmakers in Utah are trying to fast-track a bill that would undo the Medicaid expansion that the state’s voters approved in November and replace it with a more limited expansion proposal containing work requirements and spending caps.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

A federal district court Friday (Feb. 1) dismissed Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s lawsuit against the administration’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act due to lack of standing.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

Attorneys general from Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and Nevada on Thursday (Jan. 31) filed a motion to join 17 other Democratic attorneys general as defendants in the high-profile lawsuit that, if upheld, would invalidate the Affordable Care Act.

January 31, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee announced that for the first time it will hold a hearing on the controversial case to undo the Affordable Care Act.

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

The parties appealing Texas U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling in the high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act now have until Feb. 8 to respond to House Democrats’ motion to intervene at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Philadelphia on Friday (Jan. 25) signed onto the multi-city lawsuit that alleges the administration violated the Constitution’s “take care” clause by acting to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Officials with Families USA wrote in a Health Affairs blog Thursday (Jan. 24) that CMS needs to rewrite the objective of Medicaid to successfully respond to legal challenges to Medicaid work requirements, as advocates for those suing over the requirements say the coverage losses in Arkansas, and expected losses in Kentucky, show that the waivers do not further the point of the program.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

D.C. federal district court judge John Bates showed interest in the Democratic attorneys general’s complaints challenging the Trump administration’s expansion of association health plans, repeatedly saying during Thursday’s hearing that the administration’s underlying intention in the rule was to modify the Affordable Care Act, not the definition of an employer under ERISA.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

The judge overseeing the federal lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s plan to implement Medicaid work requirements denied a request from the Department of Justice to put the case indefinitely on hold during the partial government shutdown.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

In a win for the generic drug industry, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday (Jan. 22) that secret sales of inventions start the one-year clock to file patents.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

Federal DC District Judge John Bates is slated to hear oral arguments Thursday (Jan. 24) on the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss or move to judgment the lawsuit brought by 12 Democratic attorneys general over the Trump administration’s final association health plan (AHP) rule.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

Attorney General nominee William Barr in his Tuesday (Jan. 15) confirmation hearing told Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) that he is open to reconsidering the Department of Justice’s decision to not fully defend the Affordable Care Act against a constitutional challenge from 20 GOP-led states.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

Several Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday (Jan. 15) about CMS’ authority to issue legal interpretations that affect Medicare reimbursements without going through notice-and-comment rulemaking.

January 14, 2019 | Daily News

A Pennsylvania district court judge on Monday (Jan. 14) issued a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation of two Trump administration rules that would loosen the Affordable Care Act’s requirements that employers cover contraceptive services by allowing those employers to claim moral or religious exemptions.