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Two states are going to sue the Trump admin over its association health plan rule. Here's why.

June 21, 2018

Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey (D) and New York AG Barbara Underwood (D) say they believe the Trump administration's final rule to expand association health plans "is unlawful and would lead to fewer critical consumer health protections."

House GOP's new 10-year budget proposal eyes health care cuts, ACA repeal

June 20, 2018

The House Budget Committee's 10-year GOP budget proposal calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare spending and a total of $1.5 trillion in cuts to spending on Medicaid and other health care programs.

The latest conservative plan to replace the ACA is out. (But it's not going anywhere yet.)

June 20, 2018

The plan would redirect Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to states through block grants, repeal many of the ACA's consumer protections, expand the use of health savings accounts, and allow insurers to give discounts to consumers who are young or maintain continuous coverage.

A judge has twice ordered LePage to expand Maine's Medicaid program, but he's still fighting it

June 20, 2018

Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy in her latest ruling says Gov. Paul LePage's (R) "refusal to act and follow the will of the people" on Medicaid expansion "has the potential to engender disrespect for duly enacted laws," but LePage's administration claims that Murphy's court order violates the separation of powers required by the state's constitution.

Trump admin finalizes rule to expand association health plans

June 19, 2018

The final rule aims to expand access to association health plans (AHP) by broadening requirements regarding which types of employers are eligible to form an AHP.

Inside the arguments for, and against, Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements

June 19, 2018

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg says he will issue a ruling by the end of this month on a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements.

Weekly Line: Inside the latest legal case that could topple the ACA

June 15, 2018

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has spent the past eight years defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its various provisions in court, from the law's coverage mandatesand Medicaid expansion to its contraceptive coverage rules.

House looks to cut ACA funding in FY 2019 HHS spending bill

June 15, 2018

The House Appropriations Committee's draft fiscal year 2019 spending bill to fund HHS would cut or completely eliminate funding for several health care programs, while increasing funding for others.

The government doesn't have to make the ACA's full risk corridor payments, appeals court rules

June 15, 2018

A federal court acknowledges that Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the federal government to pay exchange insurers the full amount of funds they are owed under the law's risk corridors provision, but the judges in a split ruling also say Congress each year after the ACA was enacted had approved appropriations riders requiring the program to be budget-neutral.

ACA lawsuit is legally unsound and could have 'catastrophic' consequences, health care groups argue

June 15, 2018

Legal experts and health care organizations representing doctors, hospitals, medical schools, patient-advocacy groups, the insurance industry, and others argue against the legal claims of the 20 states and the Trump administration in the latest Affordable Care Act lawsuit.

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