SCOTUS Won’t Review Obamacare Ruling This Term

While a district judge in Texas weighs the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), an appeal to the Supreme Court to review the circuit court ruling that struck down the ACA’s individual mandate has been rejected for this term. The court could choose to take it up come next October, but this […]

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Little Sisters of the Poor Case Heads to SCOTUS

The Supreme Court has agreed to review a case brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic home for the elderly and “neediest,” against a mandate by the Obama administration that they must provide birth control services in their health insurance policies. “It is disappointing to think that as we enter a new […]

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Blue State AGs Ask Supreme Court to Review Obamacare Ruling

UPDATE: On Jan. 7, the Supreme Court set a Friday afternoon deadline for ACA opponents to respond to the Blue State coalition’s request to expedite the case to be resolved before the November 2020 election. Led by California, a coalition of 20 Blue State attorneys general (AGs), plus the District of Columbia, has petitioned the […]

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Individual Mandate Unconstitutional, Rest of Obamacare in Hands of Texas District Judge

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), but left the fate of its other provisions in the hands of a Texas judge, who in December 2018 ruled the entire law unconstitutional. “The most straightforward reading applies: the mandate is a […]

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IRS to Seize Properties to Settle ACA Penalties

If your business has gotten IRS penalty notices for Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) violations, you may soon get what’s called a Letter 5005A — which means pay up or the agency will levy your bank accounts or property to make good on what’s owed. Letter 5005A is sent to employers who did not […]

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Senate Vote Upholds Trump ACA Waiver Rule

One day before open enrollment begins on the Obamacare exchanges, Senate Democrats forced a procedural vote on a Trump-era regulation allowing states to design their own health care programs, and the Republican Senate held mostly firm with only Sen. Susan Collins of Maine siding with the Dems. The final vote was 52-43 affirming the regulation […]

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Judge Orders U.S. to Pay $1.6B to Obamacare Insurers

In the ongoing saga over cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to health insurers, a federal judge has sided with the insurers and ordered the federal government to cough up $1.6 billion. The CSR payments were promised in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) in exchange for insurers keeping premiums affordable for low-income consumers. The funds, […]

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Obamacare Premiums to Decline, Insurer Choices to Increase, CMS Says

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the average premium for the second lowest cost silver plan on HealthCare.gov for a 27 year-old will drop by 4 percent for the 2020 coverage year. Additionally, 20 more issuers will participate in states that use the Federal Health Insurance Exchange platform in 2020 […]

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Texas Judge Who Ruled Obamacare Unconstitutional Nixes Transgender Rule

Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas has placed a nationwide injunction on the Obama-era regulation that prohibited insurers and health care providers who receive federal money from denying treatment to anyone based on sex, gender identity or termination of pregnancy. O’Connor, who last year ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) […]

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Little Sisters of the Poor Beseech SCOTUS — Again

UPDATE: On Oct. 22, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor, refusing to grant them an exemption. The Little Sisters of the Poor have once again filed a petition before the Supreme Court to restore their exemption from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

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