Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Reform

The Supreme Court today upheld healthcare reform, with the small exception of Medicaid expansion which the court limited the penalties the federal government could impose on the states for failing to enact it.

Those responsible for collecting medical debt should see little or no disruption in the trends already predicted as a result of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

California Committee Approves Fair Debt Buyers Practices Act

A California General Assembly committee approved a bill Wednesday that would place more restrictions on debt buyers operating in the state. The primary impact of the bill would be to require more documentation from buyers during the debt collection process.

The bill – SB 890, also known as The Fair Debt Buyers Practices Act – was passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. But the bill is significantly different than the one introduced last year.

Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Reform Insurance Mandate; Considers Penalty a Tax

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld, in large part, President Obama’s healthcare reform bill (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the more liberal justices in the case, which came down as a 5-4 majority decision. Most of the provisions of the bill were declared Constitutional. But a new rule that would strike funding from states refusing to participate in an expansion of Medicaid was thrown out.