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Reform Update: States will face pressure to keep subsidies jeopardized by ruling
By Paul Demko | July 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The ramifications of this week's federal appellate court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell—assuming the decision is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court—could be immense.
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Margin squeeze, legal expenses lead to lower Covidien earnings
By Jaimy Lee | July 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Covidien, the Dublin-based surgical and medical-device supplier, reported that sales increased by 4% in the third quarter, but profits fell by 22%.
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House plan to sue Obama over employer-mandate delay moves forward
By Paul Demko | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A resolution authorizing the U.S. House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority by delaying the employer mandate in the federal healthcare law cleared the House Rules Committee Thursday.
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Working around exchange subsidy ruling should be easy: experts
By Darius Tahir and Paul Demko | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tuesday's split decision in two federal appellate court cases over whether consumers shopping on the federal insurance exchange can receive premium subsidies could have major effects on the healthcare market. But some experts say officials in states that have not established their own state-run...
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Suit alleges Tennessee put Medicaid applicants in limbo by steering them to HealthCare.gov
By Beth Kutscher | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tennessee residents who faced lengthy delays when they applied for Medicaid are now suing the state for failing to process their applications in a timely manner.
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Reform Update: Cost-sharing subsidies help poor pay for ACA care
By Bob Herman | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies for buying exchange coverage have drawn huge attention this week following conflicting appellate court rulings about their legality. But far less is known about the law's related provision for helping lower-income Americans afford...
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Government drafting birth-control accommodation
By Associated Press | July 23, 2014
The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious not-for-profits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.
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Wisconsin Supreme Court: Whistle-blower law doesn't protect interns
By Associated Press | July 23, 2014
Wisconsin's law protecting healthcare workers who act as whistle-blowers doesn't apply to unpaid interns, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said Tuesday.
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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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