Hos­pi­tal, sys­tem as­so­ci­a­tions join le­gal fight on side of re­form

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Six prom­i­nent hos­pi­tal and health sys­tem as­so­ci­a­tions sub­mit­ted a mo­tion in fed­eral district court ask­ing for per­mis­sion to file a friend-of-the-court brief in sup­port of this year’s Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act. The groups, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion and the Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tals, con­tend that they have a vested in­ter­est in the out­come of a law­suit in Pen­sacola, Fla., U.S. District Court brought by of­fi­cials from 20 states that chal­lenges the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the health re­form law. The mo­tion was part of a swarm of such re­quests filed in the suit last week. Oth­ers ask­ing to be heard on the side of Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion were the Amer­i­can Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion, sev­eral state gov­er­nors and attorneys gen­eral, and a coali­tion of or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics and Fam­i­lies USA. U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), be­lieved to be the next House Speaker, filed one on be­half of the plain­tiffs, and Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell (R-Ky.) said he would do the same.

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