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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


Florida plans to seek waiver of medical loss ratio requirements of PPACA
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

On September 24, 2010, the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board and the state's Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) held a joint public hearing to review the impact of the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010


Federal government issues final medical loss ratio regulations
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 24 2010

On November 22, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations on the medical loss ratio requirements provided for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA


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


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


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


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate March 29, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2010

Healthcare reform's long and often bumpy journey through Congress came to a close last week, as President Obama signed into law the 2,000 page legislation that will overhaul the nation's healthcare system


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


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