News Briefs: DOJ Seeks Stay in ACA Preventive Services Case
The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) will seek a court order to pause a federal judge’s March ruling that rolled back some preventive services coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act. A federal judge in Texas on March 30 struck down the ACA’s requirement that health plans cover, without cost sharing, certain preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) — such as preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV and screenings for HIV, cancers, suicide risk and hepatitis C. “In order to protect Americans who have come to rely on the preventative health care measures at issue, the Department of Justice will request a stay in this case,” a DOJ spokesperson told CNN. Policy experts predict that insurers probably won’t rush to stop covering most affected services, but if the ruling is upheld, they could impose potentially burdensome cost-sharing on PrEP drugs in particular.