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Court examines duty to defend funeral homes accused of participation in organ harvesting
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 23 2009

A federal judge in Pennsylvania recently examined whether an insurer must defend a crematorium and funeral home against several lawsuits alleging that they participated in an organ harvesting scheme


Partial repeal of McCarran-Ferguson Act dropped from Senate Health Reform Bill
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 21 2009

Media reports indicate that Senator Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) amendment to repeal the antitrust exemption under the McCarran-Ferguson Act for health insurers and medical malpractice insurers, has been removed from the latest version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590


Virginia issues guidance on information security program requirement
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 2 2009

The Virginia State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance (the "Bureau") recently issued a bulletin to provide guidance on the development and implementation of privacy safeguards to all insurers, health service plans, health maintenance organizations, surplus lines brokers and other interested parties


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"


Legislation introduced to eliminate federal antitrust exemption for health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 17 2009

Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy introduced legislation to eliminate the federal antitrust exemption for health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies


New Jersey releases proposed rule and notice of pre-proposal for disclosure of producer compensation for sales of health insurance policies
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2009

The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (the “Department”) released a draft rule, N.J.A.C. 11:17B-4 (PRN 2009-242) (the “Proposed Rule”), setting forth the specific requirements of N.J.S.A. 17:22A-41.1


Report from the NAIC Fall meeting - Vice President Biden addresses state insurance commissioners on healthcare reform
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 23 2009

Vice President Joseph Biden spoke yesterday at the NAIC Fall meeting taking place near Washington DC, and he used the opportunity to seek the support of state insurance commissioners for the Government's proposals for national healthcare reform


Partial repeal of the insurance antitrust exemption introduced as amendment to Senate healthcare bill
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 4 2009

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) filed an amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) (the “PPACA���) on December 1, 2009, that would repeal the exemption from federal antitrust laws for the health insurance and medical malpractice insurance industries


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 7 2009

The Senate returned from Thanksgiving break last week and resumed consideration of its healthcare reform bill in earnest, debating and voting on several amendments to the legislation


New York Insurance Department’s proposed circular letter re: the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • May 6 2010

On April 26, 2010, the New York Insurance Department (the "NYID") proposed a circular letter to provide additional guidance to insurers on the impact of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the "Act"