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With Obamacare on the line, GOP and Dem AGs swap stances on mandate

With Obamacare on the line, GOP and Dem AGs swap stances on mandate

By Susannah Luthi  |  September 04, 2018

In a Texas court Wednesday, Republican attorneys general will seek an overturn of the Affordable Care Act by leveraging a Democratic argument that elimination of the individual mandate penalty makes the law's coverage protections unfeasible.

Partisan sparring marks Day 1 of Kavanaugh hearings

Partisan sparring marks Day 1 of Kavanaugh hearings

By Susannah Luthi  |  September 04, 2018

With motions to adjourn and postpone the hearings, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats tried to stall proceedings for the contentious confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

5 Kavanaugh rulings that will loom large this week

5 Kavanaugh rulings that will loom large this week

By Susannah Luthi  |  September 01, 2018

President Donald Trump's second SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh begins his confirmation hearings September 4. While abortion and Roe v. Wade are in the spotlight, his positions on other key healthcare issues will come into play, including Obamacare.

ACA court case causing jitters in D.C. and beyond

ACA court case causing jitters in D.C. and beyond

By Susannah Luthi  |  August 31, 2018

A lawsuit aiming to overturn the Affordable Care Act goes before a conservative Texas judge Sept. 5. The health insurance industry and GOP lawmakers are bracing for the potential fallout.

Calif. hospitals may soon have to offer plant-based meal options

Calif. hospitals may soon have to offer plant-based meal options

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 31, 2018

California's State Assembly passed a bill requiring hospitals to give patients a plant-based meal option for every meal. While provider groups have recommended similar menu changes, most hospitals have yet to offer vegan meals.

Senate opioid package lets providers share records, punts IMD bill

Senate opioid package lets providers share records, punts IMD bill

By Susannah Luthi  |  August 29, 2018

The Senate opioid package includes a bill to let HHS loosen privacy rules for addiction treatment records, but lawmakers will punt the controversial privacy roll-back as well as the so-called IMD exclusion until they confer with their House peers.

California seeks to ban Medicaid work requirements

California seeks to ban Medicaid work requirements

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 29, 2018

California wants to become the first state to prohibit its health department from imposing a Medicaid work requirement or other conservative policies favored by the Trump administration.

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