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Taking the initiative with PCG Cares in May

To keep up the great momentum so far this year, PCG Cares teams in Asheville, Albany, Princeton, and Harrisburg took action in their local communities by helping those in need this May. Read on for a selection of our volunteer involvement for the month. PCG Cares Asheville joined the American Red Cross on Friday May 3, 2019, for Sound the Alarm – a home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.

22. July 2019
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    U.S. District Court judge blocks NH Medicaid work requirements

    On July 29, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg, D.C., held that work requirements intended to go into effect in New Hampshire could not be implemented because of a failure to adequately consider the effect on Medicaid coverage. Judge Boasberg previously blocked work requirements scheduled in Kentucky and Arkansas. Those cases were Gresham v. Azar, No. 18-1900 (JEB) (D.D.C. Mar. 27, 2019) and Stewart v. Azar, No. 18-152 (JEB) (D.D.C. Mar. 27, 2019). 

    • 9. August 2019
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    Federal district court judge upholds Trump administration rule expanding use of short-term health plans

    On Friday, July 20, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C. ruled that the expansion of short-term health plans by the Trump administration caused “minimal” difficulty and found that their “benefits are undeniable.” The expansion permits short-term health insurance plans that generally are less costly than those provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but are less comprehensive.

    • 30. July 2019
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    U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case concerning risk corridors under the Affordable Care Act

    On Monday, June 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case involving risk corridors for insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A provision of the ACA established these so-called risk corridors, whereby the federal government would control gains and losses of insurance companies to help the companies cope with their risks when they participated in the ACA marketplaces from 2014 to 2016. 

    • 27. June 2019
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    U.S. Supreme Court strikes down 2014 regulation that reduced Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments

    On Monday, June 3, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Court of Appeals ruling that stated a 2014 regulation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – that reduced DSH payments to hospitals servicing indigent patients – should be removed for failure to follow proper notice and comment requirements. 

    • 20. June 2019