J. Peter Rich

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J. Peter Rich has practiced almost exclusively in the health law field for more than 35 years, and routinely advises hospital systems, health plans and other health insurers, large medical groups and other providers, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other clinically integrated networks, private equity companies and other health industry clients on a wide variety of complex mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, health regulatory compliance matters, hospital-medical staff matters, and health industry disputes. Peter has also on multiple occasions successfully contested enforcement actions by the Medical Board of California against physician practice management arrangements‎ alleged to be in violation of California's prohibition against the corporate practice of medicine. For more than a decade, Peter has served as outside general counsel to the board of directors of one of the nation’s largest and most successful physician-owned malpractice insurance cooperative interindemnity arrangements. He co-chairs the Firm’s Insurance/Payors Affinity Group. Read Peter Rich's full bio.

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On March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the highest profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision to uphold the law.  The oral arguments featured sharp questioning of both sides.  A decision is anticipated in June to determine whether the high court will maintain the status quo with respect to the availability of premium tax credits to lower-income…
The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has vacated the 2-1 panel decision issued July 22, 2014, in Halbig v. Burwell, which struck down the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Rule providing for Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits to be available to lower income exchange customers, regardless of their state of residence.  The plaintiffs’ brief is due October 3, 2014, and the government’s opposing brief is due a month later on November…
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule providing for federal tax credits for health insurance purchased through federal exchanges, while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the same IRS rule. If en banc review in the appeals courts does not resolve the circuit split, the matter likely will go to the Supreme Court of the United States for review. Tax…
A second federal district court judge has ruled in favor of the government on one of the most serious challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).  The court dismissed a challenge to the availability of premium tax credits under the ACA.  The plaintiffs now have appeals pending in two federal circuits, and similar challenges remain pending in two other federal trial courts. Click here to read the full article.