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Supreme Court to Review Kavanaugh Opinion on Hospital Payments

Sept. 27, 2018, 1:52 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Trump administration appeal that aims to slash as much as $4 billion in Medicare payments to mostly nonprofit hospitals, agreeing to review a ruling written by high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

At issue is an effort started when Barack Obama was president to change the formula for reimbursing hospitals that serve a disproportionate number of low-income patients. Kavanaugh was part of a three-judge panel that said the Department of Health and Human Services couldn’t change the formula without a formal period for public comment.

The court acted Sept. 27 in advance of the ...