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SCOTUS declines to rule on Alabama law restricting second-trimester abortions

July 2, 2019


The Supreme Court will not hear a case seeking to revive an Alabama abortion law to ban the most common form of second-trimester abortion, called a dilation and evacuation procedure, meaning a lower court ruling that struck down the 2015 law will remain in place.

HHS delays implementation of 'conscience protection' rule

July 2, 2019


HHS in a court filing Saturday said it is delaying implementation of a 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.

Police don't need a warrant to test unconscious drivers' blood, SCOTUS rules

July 1, 2019


The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision issued Thursday upheld Wisconsin's so-called "implied consent" law, which states that drivers automatically consent to a blood draw when they get behind the wheel, even if they are unconscious.

CMS OKs Louisiana's plan to get 'unlimited access' to hep C treatment

July 1, 2019


CMS last week signed off on Louisiana's plan to test a subscription-based payment model for hepatitis C drugs intended to increase medication access for its Medicaid and prison populations.

Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

July 1, 2019


Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form a "regional giant" in the Midwest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Did an appeals court issue an 'ominous' sign for the ACA?

June 28, 2019


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday asked parties in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) constitutionality to weigh in on whether Democratic attorneys general and House lawmakers, who are defending the ACA in the suit, have the standing to do so.

US drug overdose deaths might have declined for the first time since 1990

June 28, 2019


Drug-related overdose deaths in the United States appear to have declined by 4.4% to about 69,000 deaths for the 12-month period ending in November 2018, according to provisional data from CDC.

SCOTUS rules citizenship question cannot be on census in 2020

June 28, 2019


The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a 5-4 ruling rejecting the Trump administration's reasoning for adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 census—a move some states and cities feared would threaten federal Medicaid funding.

Oklahoma Supreme Court gives Medicaid expansion supporters a win

June 27, 2019


Oklahoma's Supreme Court last week validated the proposed text of a ballot initiative seeking to expand the state's Medicaid program, meaning expansion supporters can continue gathering signatures to add the measure to the state's 2020 ballot.

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