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DOJ asks appeals court to invalidate the ACA. (Kind of.)

May 3, 2019


The Department of Justice on Wednesday submitted a legal brief formally outlining the Trump administration's arguments for why the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down—yet, according to legal experts, the same brief also argued that certain elements of the law should be preserved.

In the states: DC hospital closes after 158 years, Vermont stops approving new AHPs, and more

May 3, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Facebook, for the first time, will allow anonymous posting in health support groups

May 2, 2019


Following privacy criticisms, Facebook on Tuesday announced that it will create a new community of health support groups that will allow users to post questions anonymously.

If a drunk driving suspect is unconscious, can the police compel a blood draw?

May 1, 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in a case that challenges Wisconsin's so-called "implied consent" law, which assumes all drivers automatically consent to a blood draw when they get behind the wheel, even if they are unconscious.

The 10-year feud between UPMC and Highmark is coming to a head—and it could have national implications

May 1, 2019


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court next month will hear arguments on the state's efforts to force UPMC and Highmark Health to extend their contracts, in the latest development in "one of the fiercest health care fights in the country," according to Fortune.

HHS just delayed its new liver donor allocation policy. Here's why.

April 26, 2019


Fourteen transplant centers and four transplant patients this week filed a lawsuit against HHS and the United Network for Organ Sharing over a new allocation policy for donated livers—leading HHS to delay the policy's implementation.

Federal judge blocks HHS rule barring abortion providers from Title X

April 26, 2019


A federal judge in Washington on Thursday issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks an HHS final rule that bars abortion providers and clinics that refer patients for abortion care from receiving Title X family planning grants.

SCOTUS hears oral arguments in census case that could affect Medicaid funding

April 25, 2019


The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided on a case to determine whether the U.S. census can ask respondents about their citizenship status—a move some states and cities have argued would exacerbate undercounting of certain populations and jeopardize Medicaid and other population-based federal funding.

Federal prosecutors file first criminal charges against drug distributor over opioid epidemic

April 24, 2019


The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that federal prosecutors for the first time have filed criminal charges against a drug distributor and two of its former executives over their alleged involvement in fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.

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