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Federal Judge to Miss. Lt. Gov.: No Class Action Standing to Challenge Obamacare–Legal News Podcast

A Mississippi federal judge dismisses a Health Care Act lawsuit for lack of standing, and, the 2nd Circuit affirms that a couple lacked sufficient evidence to support claims that a company's discharge of molasses violated the Clean Water Act. Hear these and other stories from LexisNexis® Mealey's...

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Challenge to Health Care Reform Individual Mandate Requirement Dismissed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia federal judge yesterday dismissed a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), finding that Congress did not exceed its power in enacting the individual mandate provision and that the act did not violate the plaintiffs’ religious...

States Challenging Health Care Act Petition High Court For Expedited Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) States challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) filed a petition on Sept. 28 for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision affirming that the individual mandate contained in the act...

Federal Government Petitions Supreme Court, Files Response In Health Care Act Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government on Sept. 28 filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in affirming that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional...

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...

State Net Capitol Journal: Can California Rescue the Affordable Care Act?

While national candidates wage a war of words and half-truths on health issues, a handful of states, led by California, are charging ahead to implement the key feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely viewed as the signal achievement of Barack Obama's presidency. The feature is an on-line...

State Net Capitol Journal: Substantial Progress on Affordable Care Act Health Plan Benchmarks

The Affordable Care Act requires states to provide a minimum package of services called "essential health benefits" (EHBs), and the Department of Health and Human Services is allowing each state to model its EHB plan after an existing small group health insurance plan, state employee health...

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: States Have Key Role In Making Affordable Care Act Work

By Lou Cannon , State Net Capitol Journal Winston Churchill famously described a crucial British military victory in North Africa during World War II as "not the end...not even the beginning of the end" but "perhaps, the end of the beginning." For the Affordable Care Act (ACA...

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...