Spotlight on Health Care Reform - House Votes To Repeal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Jan. 19 245-189 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Debate on H.R. 2 -- "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Act" -- began Tuesday. The evening vote passed mostly along party lines, with only three...

11th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Lawsuit Over Health Care Law

ATLANTA - (Mealey's) An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel heard more than two hours of oral argument on June 8 in the federal government's challenge to a district court's decision finding the minimum coverage provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) unconstitutional...

Dismissal Of Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Reform Act For Lack Of Standing Affirmed By Panel

NEWARK, N.J. - (Mealey's) A Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 3 affirmed the dismissal of a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) brought by a New Jersey physician, one of his patients and a physician organization, saying that the plaintiffs failed to...

9th Circuit Affirms Plaintiffs Lack Standing To Challenge Health Care Act

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 13 affirmed a lower court ruling that plaintiffs challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (PPACA) lacked standing to challenge the act because they failed to show an injury in fact or a genuine threat...

Virginia Seeking U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Dismissal Of Health Care Act Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Commonwealth of Virginia on Sept. 30 filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in finding that Virginia lacked standing to challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

Supreme Court to Review Challenges to Health Care Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 14 agreed to review three cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) after considering five of six petitions challenging the act at its Nov. 10 conference ( National Federation of Independent Business, et al...

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Anti-Injunction Act Effect On Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 heard oral arguments on whether challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are premature under the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) and should be barred until penalties for failing to purchase health care insurance...

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Severability Of Mandate From Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In the first of two sessions on March 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether, if the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA) is found unconstitutional, it can be severed from the remainder of the act ( National...

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Expansion Of Medicaid Required By Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In the final of four sessions of oral arguments held this week pertaining to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments March 28 on whether the act's expansion of Medicaid is constitutional ( State of Florida, et...

Federal Government Offers Rulemaking For Compromise On Birth Control Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Feb. 1 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on recommended changes to the preventive services policy contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). ( Proposed rules available. Document #31...

State Net Capitol Journal: Health Care Reform Law Doesn't Halt Major Rate Hikes

One of the main objectives of the Affordable Care Act was to stem the rising cost of health insurance for American consumers. But that hasn't stopped health insurance companies from seeking and obtaining big premium increases across the country. In Florida and Ohio, insurers have secured rate increases...

State Net Capitol Journal: ACA Could Cost Businesses in Non-Expansion States $1.3 Billion Per Year

The Affordable Care Act requires companies with more than 25 employees to pay a "shared responsibility" fine of $3,000 for each worker who isn't eligible for Medicaid and who receives a federal tax subsidy because their employer doesn't offer them health insurance. The provision was...

State Net Capitol Journal: State and Federal Governments Struggle Over Health Care

By Lou Cannon The Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration's vaunted plan for overhauling the nation's health care system, will cost more, insure fewer people and probably take longer to implement than originally planned. States and the federal government are struggling to meet...

Supreme Court Justice Halts Birth Control Mandate For Catholic Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 31 temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns at the request of the...

Foley & Lardner LLP: SEC's MCDC Initiative - The Clock is Ticking

By David Y. Bannard Not-for-profit health care providers that have borrowed on a tax-exempt basis within the last five years should be aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. The MCDC Initiative...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Physicians Payments Sunshine Act Data 33 Percent Unpublishable, Penalties Next?

By Benjamin Koplin , Selina Coleman and R. Jeffrey Layne Despite extending the dispute-and-resolution deadline to account for the days that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pulled down the reporting system, the public Physician Payments Sunshine Act website is still expected...