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Courts issue conflicting rulings on federal insurance subsidies
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal courts kicked up new uncertainty for the healthcare reform law with conflicting rulings on whether the U.S. can help consumers buy health plans on federally run exchanges. But HHS may be able to sidestep the controversy.
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Clashing rulings on exchange subsidies raise fear of instability
By Andis Robeznieks and Paul Demko | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare providers and insurers fear that today's conflicting appellate court rulings on the legality of Obamacare premium subsidies offered through the federal insurance exchange could have a destabilizing effect on the newly expanded insurance market.
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California court halts $4 billion privacy suit against Sutter Health
By Sacramento (Calif.) Bee | July 22, 2014
A state appellate court Monday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit that could have cost Sutter Health more than $4 billion when it ruled that millions of the healthcare system's patients had no right to sue over the theft of a computer with their personal, medical and insurance records on its hard...
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4th Circuit upholds ACA insurance subsidies
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal judges in Richmond., Va., unanimously upheld the legality of subsidies for insurance exchanges in every state Tuesday. The ruling came roughly two hours after a panel of judges in Washington ruled subsidies on federal exchanges were illegal under language in the Patient Protection and...
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D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal appeals court has ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize insurance premiums for nearly 7 million Americans, dealing a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act. The ruling sets up an almost-certain appeal to the Supreme Court.
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HHS reissues disputed 340B policy on orphan-drug discounts
By Jaimy Lee | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS issued an interpretive rule that requires drug companies to provide discounts on orphan drugs sold through a federal program just months after a judge struck down the government's previous version of the rule.
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Anti-cancer forces cheer $23B verdict against tobacco giant
By Sabriya Rice | July 21, 2014
Tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. suffered another legal setback last week when a Florida court awarded $23 billion in damages to the family of a man who died of lung cancer following years of smoking cigarettes.
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Infirmary Health to pay $25 million to settle Stark case
By Joe Carlson | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
One of Alabama's largest health systems is paying $25 million to resolve a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that claimed its clinics routinely overpaid doctors to refer their radiology patients to hospitals, despite clear bans against paying for such referrals.
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Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million to settle suits over pelvic exam photos
By Associated Press | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A "rogue" gynecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday.
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Illinois legalizes medical marijuana for children with seizures
By Reuters | July 21, 2014
Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states.
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