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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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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of an ordinance banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city. The ordinance will now be presented to the mayor, who will have 10 days to sign the legislation. Many cities and states have already raised the legal age for purchasing tobacco [...]

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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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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed into law a bill allowing foreign drug importation into the state through two programs. The bill comes alongside DeSantis’ efforts to control prices of prescription drugs in the state. Currently, it is illegal to import prescription drugs from other countries, including Canada. Drugs are typically cheaper because many [...]

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North Carolina’s House of Representatives failed on Wednesday to overturn a veto of a bill that would have required doctors to try to preserve the life of any infant born alive during an attempted abortion. The override effort fell short of the required three-fifths majority by only five votes. The bill, titled the Born-Alive Abortion [...]

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Veterans will have expanded access to medical care outside Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities beginning Thursday. The final rule, published Wednesday, establishes the Veterans Community Care Program under the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (MISSION Act). According to the VA’s official blog, “veterans should expect a fairly transparent and seamless transition” into the new [...]

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