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"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


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


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 9 2009

The House passed its $1 trillion healthcare reform bill over the weekend, following a week-long flurry of behind-the-scenes activity by Democratic leaders, as they worked to line up the 218 votes necessary for passage


Ninth Circuit: automobile insurer did not engage in bad faith by refusing to pre-authorize treatment under PIP coverage
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 2 2010

In Sadler v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, No. 08-35859 (9th Cir. Nov. 4, 2009), the insureds sued their insurer for bad faith, among other claims, arising from their insurer’s refusal to pre-authorize surgery under the personal injury protection (“PIP”) provision of the automobile insurance policy


Supreme Court of Canada considers the meaning of 'accident' under a group policy
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Canada
  • January 22 2010

In the case of Co-operators Life Insurance v Gibbens, 2009 SCC 59, the insured contracted herpes through unprotected sex and, as a result, developed transverse myelitis, a rare complication of herpes, which left him paralysed from the waist down


Wisconsin announces emergency rule for implementation of autism coverage
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 21 2009

This week, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle announced an emergency rule (the “Rule”) interpreting and implementing Section 632.895 (12m) of the Wisconsin Statutes which mandates that insurers and self-insured health plans provide coverage for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders


House Committee votes to eliminate insurers’ federal antitrust exemption
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 22 2009

On October 21, the House Judiciary Committee voted to repeal health and medical malpractice insurers’ long-standing federal antitrust exemption


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


Healthcare law faces legal challenges
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 20 2010

On December 13, U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson struck down a key component of the new healthcare reform law (Public Laws 111-148 and 111-152) the individual mandate that all Americans have health insurance coverage


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