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Rhode Island imposes readability standards for health insurance policies
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 21 2010

Effective August 31, 2010, the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner ("OHIC") will impose a readability requirement for all health insurance policies to be readable at the eighth grade level measured by the Flesch-Kincade formula


Healthcare news from Capitol Hill and the Department of Health and Human Services August 30, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 30 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 18 that states have until September 24 to request an extension of the enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) - the federal government's share of Medicaid funding


Proposed changes for home health & skilled nursing facilities
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 26 2010

On July 16, CMS issued a proposed rule that would amount to a $900 million reduction to home health agencies


New York Insurance Department’s proposed circular letter re: the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • May 6 2010

On April 26, 2010, the New York Insurance Department (the "NYID") proposed a circular letter to provide additional guidance to insurers on the impact of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the "Act"


Healthcare news from Capitol Hill and the Department of Health and Human Services - May 3, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • May 3 2010

The past two weeks brought several notable healthcare developments, as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continued preparations for implementation of the new healthcare reform law - Public Law (PL) 111-148


The healthcare reform debate December 21, 2009
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 21 2009

Healthcare reform efforts were marked with uncertainty and skepticism in the Senate last week, as Democratic leaders continued their scramble to reach a consensus on the controversial bill before Christmas


CMS administrator named in recess appointment
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2010

When Members of Congress left town for the 4th of July holiday, President Obama used the opportunity to make several socalled “recess appointments,” including that of Dr. Donald Berwick to the position of CMS Administrator


Rhode Island 2011 budget - tax implications for surplus lines insurers and medical malpractice joint underwriters association
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2010

The 2011 Rhode Island state budget, which was enacted as HB 7397A and signed into law June 2, 2010, amends the taxation statutes applicable to surplus lines insurers and the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriters Association


"High-risk pool" to take heat off health insurers
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Hong Kong
  • August 11 2010

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the Hong Kong Government) is considering subsidising a separate insurance pool to cover Hong Kong residents at high risk of medical complications (defined as those with medical costs expected to be more than 200 of those of healthy individuals) or those with pre-existing medical conditions (high-risk individuals) who sign up to a proposed voluntary medical scheme (the Scheme) that will be generally open to all Hong Kong residents


Jury awards $141 million against Pfizer in connection with off-label use of Neurontin
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 7 2010

A federal jury in Boston recently returned a verdict against Pfizer Inc. in connection with claims that Pfizer unlawfully promoted off-label uses of its anti-epilepsy drug Neurontin