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Civil rights groups file suit to stop HHS' 'conscience' rule

May 30, 2019


A coalition of civil rights organizations on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

The saga continues: Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicks UPMC-Highmark case back to lower court

May 30, 2019


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 4-3 to order a lower court to reconsider its decision to allow a consent decree mandating that UPMC hospitals accept patients insured by Highmark Health to expire on June 30.

SCOTUS sidesteps ruling on Indiana abortion ban

May 29, 2019


The Supreme Court in an order issued Tuesday upheld part of an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to ensure fetuses are buried or cremated, but the Court chose not to weigh in on a part of the law that banned abortions sought because of fetal abnormalities or the fetus' race, sex, or ancestry.

HHS proposal would rescind Obama-era protections for transgender individuals

May 28, 2019


HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would roll back a regulation issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals.

SCOTUS gives whistleblowers more time to file false claims suits

May 28, 2019


The Supreme Court earlier this month in a unanimous ruling upheld an appeals court ruling that gives whistleblowers more time to bring cases under the False Claims Act—a ruling health care industry legal experts say could increase the number of whistleblower lawsuits.

SCOTUS orders appeals court to reassess ruling in FDA labeling case

May 23, 2019


The Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling issued Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to revive hundreds of lawsuits that accuse Merck of failing to warn patients about the potential risks of its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

States, localities sue HHS over 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 22, 2019


A group of nearly two dozen states and localities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and physician-assisted death.

SCOTUS declines to hear case on rule barring military medical malpractice suits

May 22, 2019


The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a longstanding rule that bars active-duty servicemembers from suing the federal government over medical malpractice.

FDA must begin reviewing e-cigarettes, judge rules

May 17, 2019


A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that FDA must begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes being sold in the United States, siding with public health groups that challenged the agency's decision to delay the product reviews for several years.

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