March 15, 2021

Around the nation: Supreme Court calls off upcoming arguments on Medicaid work requirements

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    The Supreme Court on Thursday announced it will no longer hear oral arguments in a case challenging states' Medicaid work requirements that had been advanced under former President Donald Trump's administration, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Texas.

    • California: The University of California-Davis has announced it's offering students $75 gift cards to avoid all nonessential travel during the university's spring break between March 22 and 26. The university will award the gift cards to the first 2,000 students who apply for "staycation" grants by giving a description of their plans for spring break (Associated Press, 3/10).
    • District of Columbia: The Supreme Court on Thursday announced it will no longer hear oral arguments in a case challenging states' Medicaid work requirements that had been advanced under former President Donald Trump's administration. The announcement comes after the Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to cancel the oral arguments, because it has begun rolling back the Trump administration's approval of Medicaid work requirements. According to Nicholas Bagley, a law professor at the University of Michigan, the court's move signals the court "won't hear [the arguments] this term and probably that it'll never hear them at all." However, it's unclear whether the court will vacate rulings from several appellate courts holding that that the work requirements should be struck down (Associated Press, 3/11; Hellmann, Modern Healthcare, 3/11; King, Fierce Healthcare, 3/11).
    • Texas: Judge Lora Livingston ruled Wednesday that Texas is allowed to remove Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program, which means Medicaid beneficiaries cannot use the program to receive nonabortion services from Planned Parenthood. In a statement, Planned Parenthood said the ruling leaves low income individuals with "few places to turn" and that Texas is "'in direct conflict' with President Biden's executive order that says states can't decline Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood (Coleman, The Hill, 3/10).

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