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Docket Number17-1484
Term2018
Full NameAlex M. Azar, II, Secretary of Health and Human Services v. Allina Health Services
Short NameAzar v. Allina Health Services
PetitionerAlex M. Azar, II, Secretary of Health and Human Services
RespondentAllina Health Services
Date Argued (Reargued)Jan. 15, 2019
Date Decided

Question Presented

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must utilize notice-and-comment rulemaking to promulgate rules, requirements, or statements of policy that "establish[] or change[]" a "substantive legal standard" governing payment for services under the Medicare Act, 42 U.S.C. 1395hh(a)(2). See 42 U.S.C. 1395hh(b)(l). The question presented is: Whether Section 1395hh(a)(2) requires HHS to conduct notice-and-comment rulemaking before providing instructions to a Medicare Administrative Contractor that makes initial determinations of payments due under Medicare, when those instructions rest on a non-(cid:173) legally-binding administrative interpretation of a relevant statutory provision. LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: WHETHER 42 U.S.C. §1395hh(a)(2) or §1395hh(a)(4) REQUIRED THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO CONDUCT NOTICE-AND-COMMENT RULEMAKING BEFORE PROVIDING THE CHALLENGED INSTRUCTIONS TO A MEDICARE ADMINISTRATOR CONTRACTOR MAKING INITIAL DETERMINATIONS OF PAYMENTS DUE UNDER MEDICARE.

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Case Events

NoDateDescription
15 2018-11-28SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, January 15, 2019
14 2018-11-13Joint appendix filed.
13 2018-11-13Brief of petitioner Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services filed.
12 2018-10-19Justice Kavanaugh is recused in this case.
11 2018-09-27Petition GRANTED limited to the following question: Whether 42 U. S. C. §1395hh(a)(2) or §1395hh(a)(4) required the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct notice-and-comment rulemaking before providing the challenged instructions to a Medicare Administrator Contractor making initial determinations of payments due under Medicare.
10 2018-07-05Reply of petitioner Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services filed. (Distributed)
9 2018-07-03DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/24/2018.
8 2018-06-19Brief of respondents Allina Health Services, et al. in opposition filed.
7 2018-05-24Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including June 29, 2018.
6 2018-05-23Motion to extend the time to file a response from May 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
5 2018-04-27Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 30, 2018)
4 2018-03-22Application (17A880) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until April 27, 2018.
3 2018-03-19Application (17A880) to extend further the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from March 29, 2018 to April 27, 2018, submitted to The Chief Justice.
2 2018-02-21Application (17A880) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until March 29, 2018.
1 2018-02-16Application (17A880) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from February 27, 2018 to March 29, 2018, submitted to The Chief Justice.

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Noel J. FranciscoAlex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human ServicesCounsel of RecordSolicitor GeneralUnited States Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20530-0001SupremeCtBriefs@USDOJ.gov202-514-2217petitioner
Stephanie A. WebsterAllina Health Services, et al.Counsel of RecordAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld1333 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20036swebster@akingump.com202-887-4000respondent
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