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Virginia new medical information data breach law
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently enacted a law requiring notice of data breaches involving medical information


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


Congressional research unveils missed reform deadlines
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2010

Also in early October, the non-partisan research arm of Congress - the Congressional Research Service (CRS) - released a memorandum stating that HHS did not meet seven of 22 recent deadlines regarding the implementation of the new healthcare reform law


Medicare physician payment debate awaits in lame duck session
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2010

Earlier this year, Congress enacted a short-term fix to ensure that physicians did not see drastic reductions in their Medicare reimbursements - an issue that has been plaguing lawmakers and physicians alike for years, due to a payment formula that has routinely scheduled reimbursement reductions


Massachusetts health insurers sue over rejected rate increases
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 6 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans have sued the Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) after the DOI's decision last week to reject most proposed rate increases for small businesses for the current calendar quarter


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate April 6, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 6 2010

As Members of Congress returned home last week to discuss the new healthcare reform law with their constituents, President Obama put the finishing touches on the process by signing a package of healthcare corrections into law


Federal funding for temporary high-risk insurance pool program to begin Summer 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 8 2010

In July 2010, some of the first money allocated by the new health care reform law will start flowing to states that have elected to participate in the federal temporary high-risk insurance pool program


Federal Court calls "individual mandate" unconstitutional
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 16 2010

A Federal Court in Virginia ruled on December 13 that the provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring most Americans to carry insurance or pay a fine is unconstitutional


Iowa enacts law requiring 30-day rate hike notice from health insurers
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 15 2010

On April 9, 2010, Iowa's governor Chet Culver signed measures (Senate File 2201) designed to create greater transparency and disclosure of health insurance premiums, and to expand the rights of consumers prior to any rate increases by insurance companies


Lawmakers agree on year-long "doc fix"
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 20 2010

Following the enactment of a one-month fix in order to prevent looming Medicare cuts to physicians for the month of December, Congress moved swiftly to clear a longer-term solution