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Up to 90K veterans exposed to Agent Orange could get disability benefits under new court order

February 5, 2019

A federal court last week ordered Veterans Affairs (VA) to award disability benefits to as many as 90,000 so-called "Blue Water" Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, but VA could appeal the ruling.

Judge dismisses Maryland lawsuit seeking to defend ACA

February 4, 2019

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) that was intended to serve as a countermeasure to a separate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality.

Inside the first criminal trial alleging pharma execs played a role in the opioid epidemic

January 30, 2019

A federal prosecutor on Monday accused former Insys Therapeutics CEO John Kapoor and four of the company's other executives of contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic by using illegal marketing tactics to drive up sales of the opioid drug Subsys—but Beth Wilkinson, a lawyer representing Kapoor, says the charges are "patently false."

Judge questions Trump admin's intent in issuing AHP rule

January 29, 2019

A federal judge on Thursday questioned whether the Trump administration's final rule to expand U.S. residents' access to association health plans was intended to reshape the Affordable Care Act's exchange market.

SCOTUS gives generic drugmakers 'a major win' in Rx drug patent case

January 25, 2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled that confidential drug sales activate the one-year period in which drugmakers can apply for a patent under federal law.

38 hospitals are suing HHS over site-neutral payments

January 24, 2019

Nearly 40 hospitals on Friday filed a lawsuit against HHS claiming that HHS Secretary Alex Azar overstepped his authority when he finalized a site-neutral payment policy that cuts Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

Is the 'gray market' for diabetes test strips savings patients' lives—or devastating manufacturers?

January 24, 2019

The multi-billion-dollar industry for diabetic test strips operates alongside a decades-old "gray market" in which insured patients sell their unused test strips to distributors who resell them for profit.

SCOTUS allows ban on some transgender troops to take effect while lawsuits advance

January 23, 2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-4 to allow the Trump administration to ban many transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military while lawsuits challenging the policy move through the courts.

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