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New Law Library DACA Resource Guide

Photo of 9/15/17 DACA demonstration in San Francisco.The Law Library has just created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resource Guide.  The guide was created to complement the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Cleveland State University Forum conducted September 28, 2017.  The Forum featured academic and legal experts who discussed the policy’s origins, its current status, and the practical implications for immigrants under DACA.

[Photo of 9/5/17 demonstration in San Francisco by Funcrunch.]

Third Circuit Rules Secular Anti-Abortion Group Must Comply with ACA Contraceptive Mandate

photo of package of birth control pillsThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that Real Alternatives, “a non-profit non-religious anti-abortion organization,” must comply with the “contraceptive mandate” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ACA; Pub. L. No. 111-148, 3/23/10].  The ACA requires employer-provided health insurance plans to cover multiple preventive services, including FDA-approved contraceptives (see 42 U.S.C. 300gg-13 and 42 U.S.C. 18022).  The ACA allows a limited exemption for religious organizations and their integrated auxiliaries (see 45 C.F.R. § 147.131(a)), as well as additional accommodations for religious non-profit and for-profit employers who arrange for contraceptive coverage through third parties at no cost to, and with no participation of, the objecting employers (see 45 C.F.R. § 147.131(b)-(c)).  Real Alternatives argued it shared the same beliefs as religious organizations, and, pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, was exempt from the contraceptive mandate.  The Court affirmed the 12/10/15 decision of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to deny Real Alternatives’ motion for summary judgment, and granted the cross-motion for summary judgment filed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Treasury.  For additional information, see the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit opinion.

CMS Proposes Significant Cuts for Home Health in 2018 & 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule (82 Fed. Reg. 35270, 7/28/17) that includes significant cuts to calendar year 2018 payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies serving Medicare beneficiaries, as well as the home health prospective payment system case-mix adjustment methodology.  CMS proposes to cut Medicare payments to home health agencies by $80 million (4%) in calendar year 2018.  Medicare currently pays for up to 60-day episodes of home health care, but CMS proposes to reduce the care unit to 30-day episodes starting 1/1/19.  Industry leaders estimate the care unit reduction would result in $950 million in cuts to home health services, thereby limiting access to care, and question CMS’s authority to make such changes without Congressional action.  Comments on the proposed rule will be received until 5pm on 9/25/17.  For additional information, see the CMS Announces Proposed Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies for 2018 and 2019 fact sheet.

Urban Communication Foundation White Paper Program Grant

photo of man taking photo on a streetThe Urban Communication Foundation invites proposals for a $10,000 grant to fund research, and the development of a white paper, on “an examination of urban communication freedom, regulation, and relevant government intervention and policy.”  This year, the UCF is particularly interested in proposals leading to a white paper on “ways in which government regulation or policy, especially that made at the local city-level, can protect and enhance an open and robust marketplace of ideas that is characterized by democratic values of inclusion, reason, and courage.”  The UCF envisions the final white paper to be 8,000-12,000 words, and present original research on the topic, as well as “aim to have some influence on policy makers, community leaders or researchers within an urban context….”  Proposals are limited to 1,000 words, and due by 11/11/17.  The UCF will make its funding decision by 12/31/17, and the final white paper must be completed by 11/1/18.  For additional information, see the UCF White Paper Proposal page.  The UCF is a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization that seeks to “promote research that enhances society’s understanding of communication patterns in the urban environment; encourage collaboration between communication scholars, urban planners, and policy makers; support diverse research strategies; and recognize noteworthy scholarship in all related domains.”

#AALL2017 a Smashing Success

Law librarians from around the country finished up their annual conference in Austin, Texas yesterday.  The annual American Association of Law Libraries Conference is the premier meeting for law librarians to learn, and share best practices in the profession.

Librarian Laura Ray was a featured panelist for the session: “Spanish and English Water Law in the American Southwest” (pictured).

Librarian Brian Cassidy created and presented a poster session featuring the C|M|Law Library’s Blog; 10 Years and Going Strong (also pictured).