As an alternative to the merger, Babineau wants to revive talks between Lifespan, Care New England, and Brown University to create a “unified” health system for Rhode Island. A separate proposed partnership between the two Rhode Island hospital systems and Partners collapsed in October. “This is not about Lifespan,” Babineau said in an interview. “This is about the future of health care in Rhode Island.” He didn’t disclose how much Lifespan is spending to try to defeat the Partners deal. The proposed acquisition would give Care New England the financial security of being part of a large and deep-pocketed organization, while allowing Partners its most significant expansion outside of Massachusetts. Boston-based Partners is Massachusetts’ most powerful health care system, with a network that includes Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals. In a joint statement Wednesday, officials at Partners and Care New … [Read more...] about Lifespan says Partners takeover of Care New England would cost R.I.
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Marc Levy Associated Press Published 7:51 PM EST Jan 14, 2019 Harrisburg, Pa. – A federal judge on Monday put a nationwide hold on Trump administration rules that allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia agreed with a lawsuit originally filed by Pennsylvania, citing the potential harm to states should the rules be enforced. Numerous citizens could lose contraceptive coverage, Beetlestone wrote, resulting in the increased use of state-funded contraceptive services, as well as increased costs to state services from unintended pregnancies. The rules, scheduled to take effect Monday, would change a mandate under 2010’s Affordable Care Act by allowing more employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing no-cost contraceptive coverage to women by claiming religious objections. Some private employers could also now object on moral grounds. Pennsylvania’s … [Read more...] about Judge blocks birth control coverage rules nationwide
On Sunday, a federal judge partially blockedTrump administration rules that allow some employers to drop birth control coverage for religious or moral reasons, Reuters reported. The rules were blocked from taking effect in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In his order, the judge wrote that “women in other states are at risk of losing access to cost-free contraceptives when the final rules take effect.” But if employers choose to stop offering birth control coverage, they’re required to inform their employees about that change. On Sunday, a federal judge in California partially blocked Trump administration rules that would allow some employers to drop birth control coverage for moral or religious reasons. A group of 14 attorneys general had requested a nationwide injunction against the rules, but Judge Haywood S. Gilliam … [Read more...] about Trump’s effort to roll out a restrictive birth control policy has been blocked in 13 states, but some women are still at risk of losing free birth control access
By Erik Larson Bloomberg Sun., Jan. 13, 2019 The Trump administration’s effort to let companies with religious or moral objections opt out of Obamacare requirements that they offer free contraception coverage in their employee health care plans hit a road block in a California court on Sunday. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam in Oakland issued a preliminary injunction against the government’s final rules for the new Affordable Care Act exemption a day before they were set to take effect. The ruling, however, only applies to the 13 states that sued, plus the District of Columbia. The decision, which may be appealed, ramps up the culture war triggered by President Donald Trump’s attempt to extend “religious freedom” rights from churches to companies — a move that in 2017 triggered litigation backed by rights groups and Democratic-led states. “The law couldn’t be clearer – employers have no business interfering … [Read more...] about Judge blocks Trump plan to undo Obamacare contraceptive rule
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked Trump administration rules allowing employers to refuse to provide free birth control from taking effect Monday in 13 states. The regulations, which the Trump administration announced in October 2017, widened the pool of employers that are allowed to claim exemption from providing contraceptive coverage to include nonprofit groups, for-profit companies, other nongovernmental employers, and schools and universities. Previously, only explicitly religious groups could opt out if they could show "sincerely held" religious objections. In November, the Trump administration issued final rules to enact the broader exemptions beginning Monday. Thirteen states — California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state, as well as Washington, D.C., sought the injunction to put the regulations on hold pending the states' lawsuit opposing them. U.S. … [Read more...] about Judge blocks Trump birth control rules in 13 states and D.C.