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Health Law’s Insurance Provider Fees Prompt Lawsuit By 6 States Against Federal Government

Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, Louisiana, Indiana and Nebraska want an injunction against the federal rules, arguing the Affordable Care Act's language did not give clear notice that states would be responsible for the fee. In other Obamacare news, The Wall Street Journal previews the impending fight for co-op funding.

The Associated Press: 6 States Sue Obama Administration Over Affordable Care Act
Six states filed a new lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act. The complaint that Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, Louisiana, Indiana and Nebraska filed in the Northern District of Texas takes issue with the Health Insurance Providers Fee assessed to health insurers to cover federal subsidies. (Godar, 2/24)

The Wall Street Journal: Fight For Health Co-Op Funds Looms
Leaders of some health cooperatives set up under the Affordable Care Act said it would be hard for the Obama administration to recoup more than $1 billion in federal loans made to some of the organizations that are now defunct, because most of the money has been spent. A group representing existing co-ops, as well as leaders of some of the organizations, said there is little of the federal loan money remaining and some of what is left is needed to pay providers whose bills have yet to be paid. (Armour, 2/24)

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