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Author Archives: Steve Lash

Settling a suit? Don’t forget Medicare’s share

Personal-injury and defense attorneys trying to reach a settlement must remember that the federal government always wants to be paid first and is not choosy about where the money comes from, particularly in cases involving Medicare-eligible plaintiffs.

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SCOTUSblog 1, CNN and Fox 0 on health care decision

While CNN and Fox were breathlessly -- and erroneously -- reporting that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate (the essential funding provision of the federal Affordable Care Act), SCOTUSblog correctly noted that "the individual mandate survives as a tax."

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