House Blocks Health Care Act In Budget Negotiations; Senate To Take Up Measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The U.S. Senate will meet at 2 p.m. today — 10 hours before a government shutdown deadline — to decide what to do after the Republican-controlled House approved legislation yesterday imposing a one-year delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable...

Negotiations Related To Health Care Act Fail; Government Shuts Down

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The federal government partially shut down just after midnight Oct. 1 after the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate continued to reject demands by the Republican-controlled House to impose a one-year delay of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA...

Williams Mullen: 3 Health Care Questions For Construction Industry Employers

By Brydon M. DeWitt: The Obama administration’s one-year delay in the employer health insurance mandate was welcome relief for many employers. But, time is still running short. Employers need to plan for compliance now. Beginning January 1, 2015, employers that do not offer adequate health...

Vote Funds Government Without Demands To Change Health Care Act Being Met

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) President Obama signed a bill early Oct. 17 to fund the government after the House and Senate reached an agreement Oct. 16 to end the partial government shutdown and to raise the debt ceiling without House Republicans’ demands for a one-year delay of the...

State Net Capitol Journal: Health Exchange Enrollments Lag In First Month

Only three states — Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York — reached their enrollment targets in the first month of open enrollment in the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. All three states, which run their own exchanges, actually exceeded their targets, with...

State Net Capitol Journal: Alaska Gov. Parnell Rejects Medicaid Expansion

Calling the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act "a failed experiment," Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) announced The Last Frontier State will not expand Medicaid eligibility in line with the law. "I believe a costly Medicaid expansion especially on top of the broken Obamacare system...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Laboratories Of Health Care Finance

Under a program created by the Affordable Care Act called the State Innovation Models Initiative, six states — Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont — began testing new health care financing models this year. Colorado, New York, and Washington will be next up to try...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Offer A Tightly Stretched Lifeline For Obamacare

By Lou Cannon | Obamacare is clinging to existence. After the bungled rollout of the federal health care website and President Obama's contrite admission that he misled millions of Americans into believing they could keep their insurance policies, opponents of Obamacare now have hopes of undoing...

High Court Agrees To Hear 2 Challenges To Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. —(Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 announced that it granted certiorari in two cases challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Both of the cases involve for-profit companies opposed to the mandate...

District Of Columbia Appeals Panel Affirms Dismissal Of ACA Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Plaintiffs cannot squeeze the individual insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into an “arbitrary as-applied” exemption to Congress’ taxing power, a panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of...

High Court Hears Arguments In Birth Control Mandate Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 heard arguments in two cases that will decide whether for-profit, secular businesses have to provide contraceptive services as part of their health insurance packages to employees even if they oppose such measures on religious...

Top Court Rejects Religious Groups’ Challenges In Birth Control Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 31 denied petitions for certiorari from two nonprofit religious groups claiming that the contraceptive mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA...

Oregon Officials Abandon State Insurance Exchange, Turn To Federal Exchange

DURHAM, Ore. — (Mealey’s) Oregon on April 25 dumped its failed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) state exchange at an agency board meeting, with the governing body unanimously adopting a technology workgroup suggestion that the federal exchange provided the most reliable and...

Court Hears Arguments In Origination-Clause Challenge To Individual Mandate Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 8 heard arguments over whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s individual mandate tax constitutes a revenue measure and should properly have originated in the U.S....

The Hobby Lobby Primer: How A Craft Store Changed The Legal Landscape

Now that the United States Supreme Court has issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4505 (U.S. June 30, 2014) , many are left with questions on the breadth of the decision and what it means going forwards. Below is a brief primer . [lexis.com subscribers may access...

11th Circuit Cites Hobby Lobby, Enjoins Mandate During Appeal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Mealey’s) A Catholic media outlet is entitled to an injunction while it appeals rejection of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraceptive mandate challenge in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (Nos. 13-354, 13-356, U.S. Sup. [lexis.com subscribers...

HHS Urges Top Court Not To Grant Emergency Injunction During ACA Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The Supreme Court should deny a nonprofit Christian liberal arts college’s request for an emergency injunction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate while it appeals an adverse ruling, the government said July 2 in...

Foley & Lardner LLP: It's Not a Federal Question: 7th Circuit Sends Case Involving Affordable Care Act Funds Back to State Court

What is or what is not a federal question under Grable & Sons Metal Products, Inc. v. Darue Engineering & Manufacturing , 545 U.S. 308 (2005) [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], is an issue that continues to perplex lawyers, judges, and law students alike. In Hartland Lakeside...

4th Circuit Finds ACA Tax Credit Proper Under IRS Interpretation

RICHMOND, Va. — (Mealey’s) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) language governing whether individuals who enroll through the federal exchange are entitled to tax credits is ambiguous enough to defer to the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation, a Fourth Circuit U.S...

D.C. Circuit Rejects ‘Origination Clause’ Attack On ACA Individual Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A plaintiff challenging the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot do so by arguing that the requirement is a revenue measure that should have originated in the U.S. House of Representatives, a unanimous federal appeals...

Judge Finds Indiana, School District Employers Allege Injury Under ACA

INDIANAPOLIS — (Mealey’s) A state and 39 school districts challenging the legality of payments imposed on large employers under the Internal Revenue Services’ implementation and interpretation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations allege an addressable injury...

HHS Issues Alteration To ACA Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Eligible employers opposed to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives may notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which will in turn notify the employer’s insurer...

Study Finds States With Expanded Medicaid Experiencing Bump In ER Volume

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — (Mealey’s) States with expanded Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) saw a threefold increase in emergency-department visits over nonexpansion states in the second quarter of 2014, according to a Sept. 8 study. (This story is an...

Government Tells High Court ACA Language Supports Broad Tax Subsidy Availability

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) No conflict among courts exists regarding the availability of tax credits for individuals obtaining insurance through federal exchanges, an outcome supported by the language and structure of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the government...

U.S. High Court Agrees To Decide Availability Of Subsidies In State Insurance Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 7 agreed to decide whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes tax subsidies for individuals who enroll in insurance through state exchanges ( David King, et al. v. Sylvia Mathew Burwell, et al. , No...