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‘We Use A Scalpel Rather Than A Bulldozer’: Why Justices Might Keep Obamacare

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The fate of the Affordable Care Act hinges on a separate legal argument called “severability,” or whether a smaller part of the law that is found unconstitutional can be wiped out while leaving the rest of the law intact. And the abortion issue influences the Supreme Court debate.

Trump ‘Affirms’ Preexisting Condition Protections Enacted By Obamacare

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he claims preserve the Affordable Care Act’s popular protections for people with preexisting conditions while his administration supports a case headed to the Supreme Court that could dismantle the health law. The president’s actions around Obamacare have been a focus of election-year criticism.

COVID Survivors May Lose Insurance Or Pay Much More If ACA Is Overturned

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The law guarantees the ability to buy health insurance and bans insurers from denying coverage or charging more to people with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, cancer — and potentially COVID-19. Any change would affect the almost 7 million people in the United States who have already had the coronavirus.

Layoffs At A Blue Cross Blue Shield

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In other health care industry news: the explosion of telemedicine, more hospital data breach fines, another young doctor dies of COVID and more.

Vaccine Approved For Emergency Use Wouldn’t Be Covered By Medicare

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The Trump administration is scrambling to make a future coronavirus vaccine free to the nation’s 44 million Medicare beneficiaries, since Medicare doesn’t currently cover costs for drugs approved under emergency-use designations, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Obamacare In Greater Judicial Jeopardy After Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death

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A new case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is due to be heard at the Supreme Court in November. News outlets look at how a new court composition, following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, could impact that health law case or future ones.

Testing Cost Varies Widely; Phone App Might Aid Tracing

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The Journal Of General Internal Medicine reports less than 10% of tests cost insurers more than $306, but some bills were as high as $14,750. News is on fast turnarounds for employers, rapid antigen tests, the UK’s shortage of tests during a second wave and more.

Kaiser Permanente Is First Health System To Win Carbon-Neutral Status

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The health insurance company is not affiliated with Kaiser Health News (KHN) or KFF. Other health systems in the news include UnitedHealthcare, Lifespan, Care New England, Northwestern Medicine, Palos Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Atlantic Health and CentraState Healthcare.

Increases In Medicaid Enrollment Widespread Due To Job Losses

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Caseloads rose on average 8.4% through July in 30 states for which researchers have enrollment information. And in 14 states with enrollment data through August, the average is 10%. Other news is on CMS pulling back from a financing proposal, as well.

Health Care Issues Heat Up On Campaign Trail

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While the coronavirus crisis dominates national attention, 2020 candidates are highlighting broader health care policy messages on the trail and in ads.