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Judges appear likely to strike down ACA's individual mandate. Will they nix the ACA, too?

July 10, 2019


A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality, and appeared likely to strike down the law's individual mandate.

Trump admin can't force drugmakers to reveal prices in TV ads, judge rules

July 9, 2019


A federal judge on Monday struck down HHS' final rule to require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements, blocking the rule from taking effect on Tuesday.

Trump says admin will continue fight to add citizenship question to census

July 8, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said his administration will move forward with a plan to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census survey, which states and cities fear could threaten federal Medicaid funding, even though the Department of Commerce last week announced that it had started printing census surveys without the question.

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.

Google is partnering with hospitals to build better diagnostic algorithms. But is it violating patient privacy?

July 1, 2019


A law firm on Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of a patient that accuses the University of Chicago Medical Center, the University of Chicago, and Google of sharing identifiable patient data, including check-in dates and medical diagnoses, without permission—an allegation the university denies.

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.

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.

When hospitals garnish patients' wages, the payoffs may be surprisingly small

June 28, 2019


More than one-third of hospitals in Virginia garnished patients' wages for outstanding debt in 2017—a controversial practice that ultimately drives just 0.1% of gross revenue for such hospitals, according to a study published Tuesday.

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