Government Defends Fixed Indemnity Rule Before Appeals Court

(December 22, 2015, 10:46 AM EST) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) acted within its power when it interpreted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as barring fixed indemnity plans from the definition of excepted benefits, the government told a federal appeals court on Dec. 18 (Central United Life Inc., et al. v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 15-5310, D.C. Cir.).

(Opening brief available. Document #93-151223-012B.)

In 1944, Congress enacted the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), which set nationwide health insurance plan standards. The...
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