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Case Of Undocumented Pregnant Girl Part Of Larger Administration Trend To Interfere With Abortions

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For the last seven months, the Health and Human Services Department has intervened to prevent abortions sought by girls at federally funded shelters, even in cases of rape and incest and when the teen had a way to pay for the procedure. In other news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he’ll bring the 20-week abortion ban to the floor, a look at how the administration’s birth control mandate will affect consumers and teens speak up for pregnancy prevention programs.

CMS Letting Plans Adjust Premiums After News That Trump Is Cutting Off Insurer Subsidies

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“Insurers in the vast majority of states on the federal exchange submitted rates for the upcoming plan year assuming that CSR payments would not be made, so no rate adjustment is needed,” said spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley. Meanwhile, Bloomberg takes a look at the history of the health plans President Donald Trump is supporting through his executive order.

When Maine Voters Decide Whether To Expand Medicaid, Other States Will Be Watching

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Health law advocates in Utah are also proposing a referendum on the issue, and the outcome in Maine could influence other states that have put the decision on hold. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, critics of the expansion program point to signs the state budget is in trouble, and a commission in New Hampshire looking at the insurance marketplace there is considering whether the state should move more people with serious medical issues into Medicaid to make the health law’s marketplace plans more stable.

It’s Not Likely Court Will Order Administration To Pay Subsidies, But That Hasn’t Stopped States From Suing

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Nearly 20 states have sued over President Donald Trump’s decision to stop the insurer subsidies. But, “Forcing an administration to continue making payments when the president believes there is no appropriation, and when Congress believes there’s no appropriation, would be a pretty extreme move by the court,” said Nicholas Bagley, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.