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Weekly Line: Overwhelmed by all the multi-million dollar opioid settlements? Here's everything you need to know.

October 25, 2019


If you've been following the news this week, you likely saw there were a lot of big developments in ongoing litigation tied to the opioid epidemic. 

Verma suggests Trump has a plan if ACA is struck down—but declines to share the details

October 25, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday declined to provide details on the Trump administration's plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

If the ACA is struck down, conservative Republicans have a replacement plan

October 24, 2019


The Republican Study Committee, which is comprised of conservative House lawmakers, on Tuesday released a framework to reform the U.S. health care system by eliminating parts of the Affordable Care Act and providing states with more regulatory authority.

States are preparing for the ACA to be overturned. But Azar is urging officials 'to keep calm.'

October 23, 2019


Officials in some states are working on backup plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality, but HHS Secretary Alex Azar says, until a final ruling is issued in the case, the Trump administration's current message "is to keep calm and carry on."

Judge denies CMS' request to stay ruling striking down site-neutral payments

October 23, 2019


A federal judge on Monday denied CMS' request to modify and stay a prior ruling that struck down cuts to Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

State AGs announce settlement framework that could resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits

October 22, 2019


Attorneys general from four states on Monday released a framework for a $48 billion agreement with three of the United States' largest drug distributors and other pharmaceutical companies that could settle thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies fueled the opioid epidemic.

Amid legal uncertainty, Arizona halts plans to implement Medicaid work requirements

October 22, 2019


Arizona officials last week told CMS that the state is suspending its implementation of Medicaid work requirements amid legal uncertainty.

Drug companies reach last-minute settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

October 21, 2019


Two Ohio counties reached a $260 million settlement with three of the largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker over their alleged role in fueling the opioid epidemic, potentially averting a highly anticipated federal court case.

Sutter Health reaches undisclosed settlement in antitrust lawsuit

October 17, 2019


Sutter Health has reached an undisclosed preliminary agreement to settle allegations of antitrust behavior brought by self-funded employers and joined by California's Office of the Attorney General (AG), the state AGs office announced yesterday.

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