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DOJ Buys More Time On Health Law’s Contraception Mandate Decision

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The agency asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit for 60 more days to negotiate with groups that have issues with the mandate. So far, the administration has offered little guidance on where it stands on this part of Obamacare.

Lawyers For OxyContin Maker Ask Judge To Dismiss Suit Filed By City Over Opioid Epidemic

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Purdue Pharma argues that the lawsuit by Everett, Washington, has “multiple, independent legal failings.” In other stories on the nation’s drug crisis: the nominee for New Hampshire attorney general has defended a major opioid manufacturer; an Ohio toxicologist develops a test for carfentanil; kids call 911 when they wake up to find their overdosed parents; and the debate over needle exchanges goes on as hepatitis C spreads.

Supreme Court Appears To Take Critical View In Nursing Home Arbitration Case

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In the case, Kindred Healthcare is fighting the daughters of two former residents of one of their nursing facilities. Although the daughters signed admission paperwork for their parents, Kentucky’s Supreme Court said the arbitration agreements in those contracts violated the residents’ “God-given” right to litigate any disputes. Meanwhile, although the high court’s justices ruled in favor of arbitration in two earlier cases, their questions this time around seemed to take a different tone.