Mealey's Health Law - Judge Rejects IRS Rule, Finds ACA Tax Subsidies Apply Only In State Exchanges

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Tax subsidies are available only to individuals who enroll through state exchanges under the language Congress chose to include in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it is not a judge's place to revise those terms, an Oklahoma federal judge held Sept. 30 (State of Oklahoma, ex rel. Scott Pruitt v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, et al., No. 11-30, E.D. Okla.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Government To 11th Circuit: ACA Challengers Seek To Convert 'Shield Into A Sword'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals should reject plaintiffs' attempt to transform religious protections from a "shield into a sword" in a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate, the government argued in a Sept. 26 brief (Eternal Word Television Network Inc. and State of Alabama v. Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 14-12696, 11th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - Government To 11th Circuit: ACA Challengers Seek To Convert 'Shield Into A Sword'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals should reject plaintiffs' attempt to transform religious protections from a "shield into a sword" in a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate, the government argued in a Sept. 26 brief (Eternal Word Television Network Inc. and State of Alabama v. Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 14-12696, 11th Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - Government To 11th Circuit: ACA Challengers Seek To Convert 'Shield Into A Sword'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals should reject plaintiffs' attempt to transform religious protections from a "shield into a sword" in a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate, the government argued in a Sept. 26 brief (Eternal Word Television Network Inc. and State of Alabama v. Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 14-12696, 11th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - Government Says Affordable Care Act Reducing Uncompensated Hospital Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will save hospitals $5.7 billion in uncompensated care, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report issued Sept. 24.

Mealey's Health Law - Government Says Affordable Care Act Reducing Uncompensated Hospital Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will save hospitals $5.7 billion in uncompensated care, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report issued Sept. 24.

Mealey's Insurance - Government Asks Judge To Stay Judgment Motion In ACA Challenge Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge should stay consideration of a summary judgment motion until resolution of jurisdictional questions in a case challenging the government's delayed implementation of portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the government argues in a Sept. 23 brief (State of West Virginia ex rel. Patrick Morrisey v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, No. 14-1287, D. D.C.).

Mealey's Insurance - ACA Exchanges Will Feature 77 New Issuers, HHS Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges will feature 77 new insurance issuers in 2015, a 25 percent increase from the previous year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Sept. 23.

Mealey's Health Law - Government Asks Judge To Stay Judgment Motion In ACA Challenge Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge should stay consideration of a summary judgment motion until resolution of jurisdictional questions in a case challenging the government's delayed implementation of portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the government argues in a Sept. 23 brief (State of West Virginia ex rel. Patrick Morrisey v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, No. 14-1287, D. D.C.).

Mealey's Health Law - ACA Exchanges Will Feature 77 New Issuers, HHS Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges will feature 77 new insurance issuers in 2015, a 25 percent increase from the previous year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Sept. 23.

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 7th Circuit Finds Lack Of Standing, Nixes ACA Tax Challenge

MILWAUKEE - The administration's decision to delay implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate does not provide a cash-only physicians group with standing, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 19 (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., and Robert T. McQueeney v. John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in his official capacity, No. 14-2123, 7th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - 7th Circuit Finds Lack Of Standing, Nixes ACA Tax Challenge

MILWAUKEE - The administration's decision to delay implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate does not provide a cash-only physicians group with standing, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 19 (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., and Robert T. McQueeney v. John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in his official capacity, No. 14-2123, 7th Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - 7th Circuit Finds Lack Of Standing, Nixes ACA Tax Challenge

MILWAUKEE - The administration's decision to delay implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate does not provide a cash-only physicians group with standing, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 19 (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., and Robert T. McQueeney v. John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in his official capacity, No. 14-2123, 7th Cir.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 6th Circuit Denies Rehearing After Refusing To Enjoin Birth Control Mandate

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 16 denied en banc rehearing in a pair of cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate opt-out, leaving stand a June decision affirming denial of injunctive relief (Michigan Catholic Conference, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-2723, The Catholic Diocese of Nashville, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., Nos. 13-2723, 13-6640, 6th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - 6th Circuit Denies Rehearing After Refusing To Enjoin Birth Control Mandate

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 16 denied en banc rehearing in a pair of cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate opt-out, leaving stand a June decision affirming denial of injunctive relief (Michigan Catholic Conference, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-2723, The Catholic Diocese of Nashville, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., Nos. 13-2723, 13-6640, 6th Cir.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Physician Group Defends Standing In ACA Tax Case From Seemingly Skeptical Panel

MILWAUKEE - A cash-only physicians group challenging the Internal Revenue Service's implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) faced repeated questioning during Sept. 16 oral arguments from a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel seemingly skeptical of its standing (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., and Robert T. McQueeney v. John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in his official capacity, No. 14-2123, 7th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - Physician Group Defends Standing In ACA Tax Case From Seemingly Skeptical Panel

MILWAUKEE - A cash-only physicians group challenging the Internal Revenue Service's implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) faced repeated questioning during Sept. 16 oral arguments from a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel seemingly skeptical of its standing (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., and Robert T. McQueeney v. John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in his official capacity, No. 14-2123, 7th Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - Physician Group Defends Standing In ACA Tax Case From Seemingly Skeptical Panel

MILWAUKEE - A cash-only physicians group challenging the Internal Revenue Service's implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) faced repeated questioning during Sept. 16 oral arguments from a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel seemingly skeptical of its standing (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., and Robert T. McQueeney v. John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in his official capacity, No. 14-2123, 7th Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - 6th Circuit Denies Rehearing After Refusing To Enjoin Birth Control Mandate

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 16 denied en banc rehearing in a pair of cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate opt-out, leaving stand a June decision affirming denial of injunctive relief (Michigan Catholic Conference, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-2723, The Catholic Diocese of Nashville, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., Nos. 13-2723, 13-6640, 6th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - ACA Changes Allow Renewal Of Black Lung Cases, 11th Circuit Holds

ATLANTA - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s elimination of the causation requirement in Black Lung benefits cases permits pursuit of a denied claim originally made final in 2006, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 12 (Jim Walter Resources Inc. v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Viola L. Davis o.b.o Johnny E. Davis, No. 13-13185, 11th Cir.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - ACA Changes Allow Renewal Of Black Lung Cases, 11th Circuit Holds

ATLANTA - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s elimination of the causation requirement in Black Lung benefits cases permits pursuit of a denied claim originally made final in 2006, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 12 (Jim Walter Resources Inc. v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Viola L. Davis o.b.o Johnny E. Davis, No. 13-13185, 11th Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - ACA Changes Allow Renewal Of Black Lung Cases, 11th Circuit Holds

ATLANTA - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s elimination of the causation requirement in Black Lung benefits cases permits pursuit of a denied claim originally made final in 2006, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 12 (Jim Walter Resources Inc. v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Viola L. Davis o.b.o Johnny E. Davis, No. 13-13185, 11th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - HHS Expands Primary Care Access With $295 Million In ACA Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than $295 million in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) funds have been awarded in an effort to help health centers expand access to primary care services, according to a Sept. 12 release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Court Halts Briefing After Government Moves For Remand In Birth Control Case

DETROIT - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept.12 held briefing of a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate challenge in abeyance until resolution of the government's unopposed motion to remand (Mersino Management Co., et al. v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 13-1944, 6th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - Court Halts Briefing After Government Moves For Remand In Birth Control Case

DETROIT - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept.12 held briefing of a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate challenge in abeyance until resolution of the government's unopposed motion to remand (Mersino Management Co., et al. v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 13-1944, 6th Cir.).