SCOTUS Cases Could Create ‘Fractured’ Health Care Policy Landscape

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear two cases brought by fishing companies that, at first glance, would seem to have nothing to do with health insurers. However, the outcome of those cases could profoundly change how insurers — and companies of all stripes — interact with the many regulations that govern their businesses.

That’s because the cases — Loper Bright Enterprises, et al. v. Gina Raimondo and Relentless Inc., et al. v. Dept. of Commerce, et al — concern a legal doctrine known as Chevron deference, which for decades has given federal agencies considerable leeway when interpreting laws via rulemaking. If the high court strikes down that longstanding legal precedent, the regulatory landscape that governs every industry could become much more chaotic, legal experts tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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