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Republicans face an uncertain procedural path if they attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s mandatory benefits for health insurance with a simple-majority vote in the U.S. Senate via so-called budget reconciliation, experts say.
A Maryland appellate panel on Tuesday affirmed the partial dismissal of a medical malpractice suit accusing a University of Maryland Medical System Corp. hospital of failing to prevent a man’s death from heart disease, saying the trial judge’s decision was supported by the law.
The Florida Senate took a step Wednesday toward formulating a plan for implementing a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana that passed in November, with treatment center licenses, consumption methods and qualifying conditions coming up as major issues as the Health Policy Committee reviewed multiple proposals.
An Illinois federal judge Wednesday dismissed a trio of health care systems from a suit alleging False Claims Act violations, but told Maryland-based MedStar Health Inc. that it couldn’t escape claims by a former employee that it billed federal insurance programs for unnecessary inpatient admissions.
A federal judge Tuesday tossed False Claims Act allegations that a former health executive asserted against the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington, but let his claims against a health clinic and three individuals carry on.