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Supreme Court to Review Kavanaugh Opinion on Hospital Payments

The U.S. Supreme Court building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who's accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify before a Senate panel, her lawyers said in an email to staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Trump administration appeal that aims to slash as much as $4 billion in Medicare payments to mostly nonprofit hospitals, agreeing to review a ruling written by high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

At issue is an effort started when Barack Obama was president to change the formula for reimbursing hospitals that serve a disproportionate number of low-income patients. Kavanaugh was part of a three-judge panel that said the Department of Health and Human Services couldn’t change the formula without a formal period for public comment.