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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


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


Impact of the election on healthcare reform
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 8 2010

The November 2 midterm congressional elections resulted in a change in leadership in the House of Representatives, where Republicans are poised to take control of the chamber when the 112th Congress convenes in early January 2011


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


Judge allows healthcare reform challenge to move forward
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 25 2010

On October 14, a federal judge declined to dismiss two of the six claims in a healthcare reform lawsuit filed by 20 states


CMS administrator touts creation of innovation center
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 25 2010

In other healthcare reform news, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Donald Berwick spent time on October 18 promoting a provision of the healthcare reform law - Public Law 111-148 - that will establish a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI


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


Medicare secondary payer reporting deadline extended
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 25 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") has revised the timeline for non-group health plan ("NGHP") reporting under the Medicare secondary payer reporting provisions of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 ("Section 111"


Some large insurers stop offering children's policies
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 24 2010

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, WellPoint, and the Golden Rule subsidiary of UnitedHealth are among the companies that have decided to stop selling child-only policies rather than comply with the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirement that they cover children with pre-existing conditions effective September 23, 2010


HHS awards consumer assistance grants
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 25 2010

The following day, HHS announced $30 million in grants in conjunction with another portion of Public Law 111-148 - the effort to strengthen consumer assistance programs