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Disproportionate-Share Hospitals Lose Medicaid Reimbursement Case

In Becerra v. Empire Health Foundation the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that patients whom Medicare insures but does not pay for on a given day are counted in the Medicare fraction for purposes of computing a hospital’s disproportionate-patient percentage.

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SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade

In a 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization the U.S Supreme Court has held there is no right to an abortion under the U.S. Constitution.

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US Supreme Court Holds No Violation of Medicare Secondary Payor Act for Outpatient Dialysis

In Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee Health Benefit Plan v. DaVita, the U.S. Supreme Court held 7-2 that group health plans which offer all participants the same limited outpatient dialysis benefits don’t violate the Medicare Secondary Payer statute.

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SCOTUS Decides Billion Dollar Medicare Drug Reimbursement Case

In American Hospital Association v. Becerra the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that if Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to reimburse Section 340B hospitals for certain outpatient prescription drugs provided to Medicare patients at a different rate than other hospitals it must conduct a survey of hospitals’ drug acquisition costs.

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Check Out NCSL's New Resource on Food Safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we went from dinner out to dinner in. Americans took to cooking at home and the use of food-delivery apps more than doubled as Americans increasingly ordered takeout instead of eating at restaurants. As food consumption trends continue to evolve, one constant is the concern over food safety.

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NCSL Launches Emergency Medical Services Legislative Database

In recent years, EMS has played an increasingly important role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing drug overdoses. States have taken several legislative actions to ensure that residents have access to life-saving EMS.

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Crafting Master Plans: States Supporting an Aging Population

By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65, meaning 1 in every 5 U.S. residents will be retirement age. As the older U.S. population grows, states are exploring policies to ease the transition and offer support.  

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NCSL Welcomes Third Cohort of Maternal and Child Health Fellows

The Maternal and Child Health Fellows Program enters its third year with 26 state legislators from 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program enables legislators and staff who are experienced and emerging leaders on maternal and child health-related issues.

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NCSL Launches Database Tracking Public Health Actions

Public health was thrust into the spotlight in 2020 and states introduced more than 1,000 bills to tackle issues like vaccines, public health data, prevention of infectious disease and more. To track all this state action in 2021 and going into 2022, NCSL launched a new State Public Health Legislation Database—and it is now up and running!

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Pandemic Checkup: What's Happening With Oral Health?

With COVID-19 dominating legislative priorities over the last two years, national experts acknowledged the difficult balance between responding to a pandemic and not losing ground in preventing or managing chronic conditions—a potentially costly outcome for payers and health systems.

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