News & Press Releases
- Health Advocates File IRS Complaint Against Miami County Non-Profit Health System For IRS Violations
WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) joined with Florida Legal Services (FLS) to file a ground-breaking administrative complaint with the IRS against the Jackson Health System (JHS), Miami-Dade County’s publicly funded health care system, alleging Jackson is violating requirements governing billing and collection policies of non-profit health providers for low-income patients. This is the first time advocacy organizations representing low-income people have filed such a complaint.
By Anne Michaud
For those who believe in the Affordable Care Act's promise of more humane coverage for more people, the recent news about drug costs is discouraging.
The most effective drugs for some of the most serious diseases -- cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, mental illness -- can cost individuals who can least afford it thousands of dollars a month in copays. In some cases, desperate people are going without the medicines that could save their lives.
- Statement of Elizabeth G. Taylor on the Administration's Rules to Ensure Women's Access to Contraceptive Coverage
WASHINGTON—Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) released the following statement in response to interim final and proposed rules from the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services. These rules seek to augment and extend the "accommodation" available to organizations that have religious objections to covering contraception in their employee and student health plans, while preserving enrollees' access to all FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost-sharing as required by the Affordable Care Act. In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent order in Wheaton College v. Burwell, the interim final regulations outline an alternative process that an eligible organization may use to provide notice of its religious objection. A separate proposed rule seeks public comment on potential changes to the definition of organizations eligible for the accommodation in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.