Alaska Native Health Org. Says 9th Circ. Undermined Its Power

Law360 (September 29, 2020, 5:50 PM EDT) -- The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has asked the Ninth Circuit for a rehearing en banc after a circuit panel revived a health care nonprofit's lawsuit accusing the consortium of violating federal law to direct power to a new executive committee.

The circuit panel's unanimous Sept. 14 opinion in favor of regional health care nonprofit Southcentral Foundation wrongly delved into the merits of the case and could force a committee restructuring that would undermine tribal self-determination, according to Monday's petition.

The opinion could "potentially cripple ANTHC's ability to effectively and efficiently provide healthcare and related services throughout the state," the petition stated....

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