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Home healthcare minimum wage enforcement delayed six months
By Virgil Dickson | October 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Department of Labor is delaying plans to enforce a rule that called for minimum wage and overtime requirements for home healthcare workers.
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Next Supreme Court session puts healthcare on docket
By Bob Herman | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. Supreme Court begins a new session Monday that features important healthcare cases. But some legal experts doubt the justices will take up the big issue of whether Obamacare's premium subsidies are legal in 36 states using the federal insurance exchange.
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Reform Update: HHS seeks to relax fraud and abuse rules to spur care innovation
By Paul Demko | October 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration is trying to reduce legal barriers to coordinating care and giving patients the products and services they need to improve their health, such as transportation to medical appointments and blood-pressure cuffs.
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Appeals court lets Texas enforce abortion limits
Associated Press | October 03, 2014
A federal appeals court Thursday gave Texas permission to fully enforce a sweeping abortion law that would effectively close all but seven abortion facilities in America's second-most populous state.
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Immigrants with canceled exchange plans file discrimination complaints against HHS
By Paul Demko | October 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A pair of complaints alleging that HHS discriminated against federal exchange enrollees who aren't proficient in English or Spanish have been filed with the agency's Office for Civil Rights. They allege that the federal government's actions violate the rights of individuals born in foreign...
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HHS moving forward with risk corridor payments despite GAO's view
Paul Demko | October 01, 2014
Congress must explicitly appropriate funds to pay for the risk corridors program that is designed to protect insurers from big losses in the state and federal exchanges, according to legal opinion issued by the Government Accountability Office.
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Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare subsidies
Paul Demko | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a legal setback for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for Obamacare premium subsidies to help them pay for coverage.
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Reform Update: Managed Medicaid report sparks debate on state network adequacy remedies
Virgil Dickson | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patient-rights advocates are hopeful that a recent HHS Office of the Inspector General's report will prompt the CMS to clamp down on states regarding the adequacy of managed Medicaid plan provider networks. But state officials adamantly say that more rules from Washington won't remedy such basic...
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CVS' Caremark unit settles false claims allegations
Reuters | September 29, 2014
Caremark, a unit of CVS Health Corp., will pay $6 million to settle U.S. allegations that it knowingly failed to reimburse Medicaid for prescription drug costs paid on behalf of patients who were also covered by private health plans it administered.
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Texas cancer doctor convicted of poisoning lover
Associated Press | September 27, 2014
A cancer researcher in Texas was convicted Friday of aggravated assault for poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze.
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