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August 31, 2018 | Daily News

An industry lawyer said a Missouri law enacted this week to limit the use of the word “meat” on food sold in the state to traditional animal products ramps up the regulatory uncertainty facing cell-based meat producers, who are working to develop foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal the food product is supposed to resemble.

August 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Democratic attorneys general defending the Affordable Care Act against 20 GOP-led states who seek to end enforcement of the entire law are gearing up for oral arguments that will take place in Texas next week, and offered reporters a preview of their arguments in a call that also included a health advocate and a cancer patient.

August 28, 2018 | Daily News

A Nebraska judge on Tuesday (Aug. 28) threw out a lawsuit challenging the referendum on Medicaid expansion slated to be added to the state’s ballot this November.

August 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Internal Revenue Service must repay nearly $840 million to six states to compensate them for covering the cost of an Obamacare tax on Medicaid plans, a federal judge ruled Tuesday (Aug. 21).

August 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate passed a fiscal 2019 Labor-HHS spending bill late Thursday (Aug. 23) that didn't include two controversial amendments -- one defunding Planned Parenthood and another allowing the Senate to intervene in the Texas v. HHS case should the court rule to eliminate the mandate for coverage of preexisting conditions.

August 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Maine Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday (Aug. 23) to attempts by Gov. Paul LePage (R) to stonewall the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

August 21, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters Tuesday (Aug. 21) that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh believes Roe v. Wade is “settled law,” but, despite his assurances, Collins said she has yet to decide whether to vote for his confirmation.

August 20, 2018 | Daily News

A federal judge in Kentucky on Monday (Aug. 20) tossed out a lawsuit brought by Gov. Matt Bevin (R) against the Medicaid beneficiaries who are challenging the state’s proposal to add work requirements and other coverage restrictions to the program.

August 19, 2018 | Daily News

A federal judge in Texas has partially granted a request from a group of Democratic attorneys general and rescheduled the oral arguments in the high-profile case over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act to start on Sept. 5, just one day after the Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to begin confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The case could make it to the high court, and Kavanaugh's potential vote on the suit that could strip protections for people with preexisting conditions has been a rallying point for Democrats seeking to oppose the SCOTUS nominee, and at least one expert suggests the result of the Texas case might make or break his confirmation.

August 16, 2018 | Daily News

A group of hospitals lost a legal challenge to an old formula that CMS used to calculate so-called outlier payments intended to cover the treatment of patients who incur extraordinarily high costs.

August 16, 2018 | Daily News

President Donald Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to bring a federal lawsuit against opioid makers and distributors rather than just joining state suits, and to explore ways to stop opioids from coming in from China and Mexico, according to a White House press pool report from Thursday (Aug. 16).

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

A federal judge in Texas will hear oral arguments Sept. 10 on 20 GOP-led states’ request for a preliminary injunction that would immediately stop enforcement of the Affordable Care Act, and health and legal expert Tim Jost says the result of that hearing could make or break Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation.

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

A new lawsuit challenging Arkansas' Medicaid work requirements has been assigned to the same judge who stopped Kentucky's planned work requirements from taking effect in July.

August 14, 2018 | Daily News

Advocates for Medicaid beneficiaries on Tuesday (Aug. 14) followed up a lawsuit over Kentucky's work requirements with a legal challenge to the Trump administration's approval of Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas.

August 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Supreme Court is likely to consider several cases that involve key pillars of the U.S. health care system, a group of around 120 consumer and patient associations told Senate leaders in a letter urging them to carefully consider nominee Brett Kavanaugh's position on health care.

August 13, 2018 | Daily News

The New Mexico co-op health plan, which previously sued CMS on the grounds its budget-neutral risk adjustment payment methodology discriminated against the Affordable Care Act's smaller, co-op plans, on Monday sued the agency a second time for relying on the same methodology in an interim final rule that resumed the 2017 risk adjustment payments.

August 13, 2018 | Daily News

Both sides in the lawsuit over Kentucky's controversial Medicaid waiver are asking a federal judge to retain jurisdiction over the case while the Trump administration attempts to comply with the judge's June ruling that blocked the so-called Kentucky HEALTH program from taking effect and ordered CMS to review it further.

August 09, 2018 | Daily News

Boston -- An industry lawyer told state insurance commissioners over the weekend that any governor who agrees with the Justice Department that the ACA's preexisting conditions and community ratings provisions must be scrapped when the individual mandate penalty goes away Jan. 1 must stop enforcing those provisions come that date.

August 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Department of Justice dances around its recent win in the risk corridors cases in order to argue that Congress' decision not to appropriate funding for ACA cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers means the court should dismiss Blue Cross and Blue Shield Of Vermont's lawsuit over the end of the CSRs.

August 02, 2018 | Daily News

Four issuers suing the administration for failing to pay risk corridor payments are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to hold a new hearing with the full panel of justices, saying an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel went against decades of legal precedent by finding an appropriations rider trumped the administration's obligation to make the payments.

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