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Agonizing Choices as Dems Debate Shrinking Health Care Pie
Congress
Agonizing Choices as Dems Debate Shrinking Health Care Pie

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are debating how to divide up what could be a smaller serving of health care spending in President Joe Biden's domestic policy bill, pitting the needs of older adults who can't afford their dentures against the... Read More

Affordable Care Act Survives Its Toughest Challenge Before the High Court
Supreme Court
Affordable Care Act Survives Its Toughest Challenge Before the High Court
2021-06-17 15:27:58
by Dan McCue

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans. By a 7-2 vote, the justices left the entire law intact and ruled that Texas and other Republican-led states (as... Read More

Biden: 1M Sign Up for Health Care During Special Enrollment
Health
Biden: 1M Sign Up for Health Care During Special Enrollment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that 1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance under "Obamacare" during a special enrollment period for those needing coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Biden reopened the HealthCare.gov insurance markets in... Read More

Anniversary of Affordable Care Act Brings Calls for Insurance Reforms
Health
Anniversary of Affordable Care Act Brings Calls for Insurance Reforms
2021-03-24 14:58:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden visited Ohio Tuesday to promote his economic stimulus program while Congress took steps to move the health insurance part of it into new territory. The Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan expands subsidies to... Read More

Biden to Talk Up Health Insurance Cost Cuts in Visit to Ohio
Health
Biden to Talk Up Health Insurance Cost Cuts in Visit to Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will showcase health insurance cost cuts in a speech in Ohio on Tuesday during what may be the best time for Democrats to talk up the Affordable Care Act since it became law. Biden's... Read More

Bennet, Kaine Urge Colleagues to Support Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care
Health
Bennet, Kaine Urge Colleagues to Support Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care
2021-02-17 21:12:04
by Dan McCue

DENVER, Colo. - Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Wednesday reintroduced their Medicare-X Choice Act by urging their colleagues to embrace it as a way of expanding both the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.  During a late... Read More

Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Uphold ACA
Supreme Court
Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Uphold ACA
2021-02-11 15:05:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court it believes the Affordable Care Act should be upheld, reversing the position taken by the Trump Administration. The justices heard oral arguments in November in multiple cases involving a... Read More

Biden Signs Executive Order to Expand Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act
Health
Biden Signs Executive Order to Expand Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act
2021-02-02 16:04:08
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday, Jan. 28, instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to open a new special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act from Feb. 15 to May 15.  The... Read More

Biden Picks California Attorney General Becerra for Health and Human Services Secretary
Health
Biden Picks California Attorney General Becerra for Health and Human Services Secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next health and human services secretary, a historic choice that would make the former Los Angeles congressman the first Latino to hold the office, according to sources familiar with the decision. Becerra, 62, a... Read More

Supreme Court Appears Likely to Preserve Most of Affordable Care Act
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Appears Likely to Preserve Most of Affordable Care Act
2020-11-10 21:50:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- So much for the new conservative majority of the Supreme Court dismantling the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, during oral arguments for California v. Texas, one of this term's most anticipated cases, two members of that majority, suggested... Read More

Political Gaze Shifts to the Supreme Court as Justices Hear Pivotal Health Care Case
Supreme Court
Political Gaze Shifts to the Supreme Court as Justices Hear Pivotal Health Care Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett hears oral argument Tuesday in a case that threatens to wipe out the 2010 health care law, likely the term's most consequential case, under a political spotlight that rarely shines brighter on justices who... Read More

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Quickly Enters Fray of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles
Supreme Court
Justice Amy Coney Barrett Quickly Enters Fray of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles

WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett will immediately be embroiled in some of the nation's biggest legal battles, including cases that could determine whether the president who nominated her gets four more years in the White House. The 48-year-old Barrett, who... Read More

What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court
What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
2020-09-27 16:39:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, capping a dramatic first-term reshaping of the federal judiciary that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his re-election effort. Barrett,... Read More

Trump Promotes Health Care 'Vision' But Gaps Remain
Health
Trump Promotes Health Care 'Vision' But Gaps Remain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More than three-and-a-half years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what aides termed a “vision” for health care heavy on unfulfilled aspirations. “This is affirmed, signed, and... Read More

Voters Trust Biden More on Health Care, Future of ACA, Poll Finds
Opinion Polls
Voters Trust Biden More on Health Care, Future of ACA, Poll Finds
2020-09-03 20:32:36
by Dan McCue

Voters who plan to participate in the 2020 election say they trust Democrat Joe Biden more than incumbent Republican President Donald Trump to protect their health care options and to deal with the persistent coronavirus pandemic. The new survey, released... Read More

Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
Health
Report Finds Public Option for Health Insurance Could 'Limit Competition and Consumer Choice'
2020-08-31 16:03:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As America inches toward perhaps the most consequential election in its history -- the first to be played out against the backdrop of a global viral pandemic -- a heated debate continues to rage. Since the election of... Read More

House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
Congress
House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
2020-07-14 19:24:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The recent passage of the first significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act provided House Democrats with a high profile opportunity to draw distinctions between how they and their Republican colleagues differ on the health care law. It... Read More

Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
Supreme Court
Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
2020-07-08 17:07:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The 7-2 decision could have a profound, immediate effect on... Read More

Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
Political News
Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
2020-06-26 13:19:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court Thursday night, arguing the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down by the Justices. Overturning the Affordable Care Act would take away health coverage for about... Read More

Justices Appear Divided Over 'Obamacare' Birth Control Mandate
Supreme Court
Justices Appear Divided Over 'Obamacare' Birth Control Mandate
2020-05-06 20:38:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared to be divided Wednesday over the future of a pair of Trump administration rules that allow employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses
2020-04-27 17:07:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress acted unlawfully when it reneged on a commitment to shield Affordable Care Act insurers from financial losses in the early years of its implementation. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices... Read More

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Care Act Appeal
2020-03-02 19:19:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday granted petitions filed by the House and Democratic state officials to consider a lower court ruling that threatens to wipe out the Affordable Care Act. The underlying case was brought by a Republican... Read More

5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
Health
5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
2020-01-29 20:26:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In December, a three-judge panel in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the... Read More

Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
Supreme Court
Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
2020-01-21 16:26:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request that it resolve a dispute over the authority of a judge to order the disclosure of secret grand jury material in rare circumstances. The underlying case stems from a researcher's... Read More

What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?
Health
What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?

Any day now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. At least it seemed that two of the three appeals court judges were leaning that way during oral arguments in... Read More

‘Obamacare’ Insurers May Win a $12 Billion Claim in Supreme Court
Supreme Court
‘Obamacare’ Insurers May Win a $12 Billion Claim in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a sympathetic hearing Tuesday to health insurers who were promised their losses would be covered if they expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, only to have the Republican-controlled Congress later refuse to pay.... Read More

Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment
State News
Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment

ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost halfway through the ACA open enrollment period, Florida is leading the nation in the number of people who have signed up for health insurance, according to the federal data released on Wednesday. Of the 1.7 million... Read More

Trump Backtracks on GOP Health Plan Push Before Election
Health
Trump Backtracks on GOP Health Plan Push Before Election
2019-04-02 21:02:09
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack Monday night on his renewed push for a Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Taking a break from lambasting congressional Democrats via Twitter for their demands to see Special Counsel... Read More

Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
Health
Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
2019-03-26 23:55:37
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration told a federal appeals court Monday night that it believes the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. In a letter filed in the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the Justice Department said it... Read More

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