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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


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


HHS “early innovator” grants announced
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 8 2010

In late-October, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced state grants to design and implement information technology in order to operate health insurance exchanges


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


NAIC adopts model regulation for final medical loss ratios
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 4 2010

On October 21, 2010, the Executive and Plenary committees of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners ("NAIC") voted to adopt a model regulation containing the definitions and methodologies for calculating medical loss ratios as stipulated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"


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


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