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Supreme Court Strikes Obama-Era Healthcare Rule


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The Supreme Court has ruled against an Obama-Era rule, in a 7-1 vote, that affected Medicare and reimbursements related to it.

According to The Hill:

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that an Obama-era rule change on how Medicare reimbursements to hospitals are made should be removed, because officials did not follow the proper notice and comment regulations in implementing the formula.

The court ruled 7-1 to vacate the rule, with Justice Neil Gorsuch writing the majority opinion. Justice Stephen Breyer was the sole dissenting member of the court, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh was not involved in the case.

The highly technical ruling and dispute involves billions of dollars in Medicare payments to hospitals.

The court ruled for hospitals that had sued over the 2014 policy, which reduced their payments for serving low-income patients because of a change to the payment formula.

The court found that the rule was not implemented by the government after a "notice-and-comment" period and because of the failure to provide one, it was deemed unconstitutional.