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A federal appeals court on Friday upheld an injunction against regulations allowing employers with religious or moral objections to deny birth control coverage to employees. The recent ruling affirms the injunction originally issued in January, which found the Department of Health & Human Service (HHS) exceeded its authority. The two final rules in contention are [...]

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Two major Pittsburgh health systems, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Highmark Health (Highmark) struck a deal on Monday allowing Highmark patients to utilize UPMC’s facilities. The agreement prevents expiration of a previous agreement between the two systems set to occur on June 30, 2019. Originally, a consent agreement governed the relationship between [...]

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Red River Women’s Clinic, the only remaining abortion clinic in North Dakota, filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging two state laws that they claim compel health care professionals to provide “false, misleading, non-medical” information about reproductive health. The suit was filed alongside the American Medical Association (AMA) with help from the Center for Reproductive [...]

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The US Supreme Court unanimously refused Wednesday to overturn precedent that gives power to agencies are when interpreting their own regulations. The majority opinion, authored by Justice Elena Kagan, detailed ways to constrain this heavy agency deference, commonly known as the Auer doctrine. The case, Kisor v. Wilkie, revolved around the Department of Veteran Affairs [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday in an attempt to improve health care price transparency. The order directs various federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to put forward policy changes to give patients more information about their health care pricing. The new executive order comes roughly [...]

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A Commonwealth Court judge ruled Friday that the agreement between two Pittsburgh health systems, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Highmark Health (Highmark) cannot be extended past its June 30, 2019 expiration date. As a result, Highmark insurance members will no longer have discounted access to UPMC facilities and network; triggering higher costs [...]

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The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday revived a class action lawsuit against CVS Health Corp for overcharging generic drugs bought through insurance. The case originally was filed back in 2015 and dismissed in 2016. In 2008, CVS launched Health Savings Pass, a discount program for people without insurance needing to purchase generic [...]

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Wednesday signed legislation ensuring women’s right to an abortion. The bill, titled the Reproductive Health Act, establishes that women in Illinois have the “fundamental right” to an abortion. The bill repeals numerous laws that restricted women’s access to abortion such as a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, and the Illinois [...]

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