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Health care was one of the most important issues, if not the most important issue, in the 2018 election campaign. It already looks like it will be a major issue, and possibly the biggest issue, in the 2020 elections.  Candidates have already announced their intentions for exploring a run for President.  We intend to have a series of blogs as different concerns arise during the campaign.  This is significant to health care providers as well as to the public, since it may have a major impact on both the payment for and delivery of health care going forward. More on Health Care Issues in the 2020 Election Here >
In a closely watched decision, this past week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld an Ohio law permitting Ohio to defund Planned Parenthood clinics.  See Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Hodges, Case No. 16-4027 (Mar. 12, 2019).  An 11 to 6 majority of the full panel of the Sixth Circuit reversed a district court decision enjoining a 2016 Ohio law that barred Ohio’s health department from funding organizations that perform nontherapeutic abortions.  More on Circuit Decision Here >
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When addressing employee's medical issues, employers frequently ask if the employer must designate FMLA qualifying leave as FMLA leave or conversely, whether an employee can decline FMLA leave. The questions are asked despite the FMLA clearly stating that "once the employer has acquired knowledge that the leave is being taken for an FMLA-qualifying reason, the employer must [designate the absence as FMLA leave]." 29 C.F.R. 825.301(a). In Opinion Letter FMLA2019-1A, the Department of Labor ("DOL") expounded upon the requirement that an employer must designate qualifying leave as federal FMLA leave. The agency succinctly and directly answered the designation questions, stating:  More on FMLA Here >
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