February 25, 2020

Around the nation: SCOTUS removes last injunction blocking 'public charge' rule

Daily Briefing

    The ruling means federal officials can now consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their applications for residency in all 50 states, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

    • Illinois: The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued a 5-4 decision to dissolve a lower court ruling preventing the Trump administration from enforcing its so-called "public charge" rule in Illinois. The ruling means federal officials can now consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their applications for residency in all 50 states (Barnes, Washington Post, 2/21).

    • Mississippi: A three-judge panel for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that blocks a Mississippi law that would have banned abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which the plaintiffs said could occur as early as six weeks in pregnancy. The judges ruled that the law runs afoul of the U.S. constitution by barring abortions before the fetus is viable (Kelly, CNN, 2/20).

    • Tennessee: Ardent Health Services has announced that President and CEO David Vandewater will retire from the health system later this year. Vandewater has led Ardent since 2001. The health system has yet to name a successor (Stinnett, Nashville Business Journal, 2/21).
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