Healthcare News December 18, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Domino’s founder sues over birth control rule

    The Catholic man who founded Domino's Pizza is suing the Obama administration for its rule that most employers cover birth control without a co-pay in their health plans. 

    Billionaire Tom Monaghan, 75, is the latest religious business owner to challenge the mandate, which came as part of the Affordable Care Act, and his suit brings the total number of legal challenges to more than 40.

    The administration policy requires most employers to cover a range of birth control methods in their health plans. Churches and houses of worship are exempt, and employees of religiously affiliated institutions such as Catholic schools will be able to obtain birth control directly from their insurance company, but still without a co-pay. 

  • House GOP seeks more documents in probe of health law’s subsidies

    Reps. Camp and Issa demanded more documents in an investigation they hope derails a key feature of Obama’s healthcare law.

  • Doctors’ group calls for ‘doc fix’ in fiscal cliff bill

    Congress should permanently repeal Medicare’s flawed payment formula as part of a year-end deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the Alliance of Specialty Medicine said Monday.

    The Alliance said a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff should include a permanent “doc fix.” Doctors will see their Medicare payments cut by nearly 30 percent at the end of this year if Congress does not act, although a permanent fix is unlikely. 

  • Domino’s founder sues Obama administration over birth control rule

    Tom Monaghan, a devout Catholic, called contraception “gravely immoral” and said requiring it to be covered violates his religious freedom.

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