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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


Massachusetts health insurers sue over rejected rate increases
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 6 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans have sued the Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) after the DOI's decision last week to reject most proposed rate increases for small businesses for the current calendar quarter


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate February 1, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 1 2010

Healthcare reform efforts remained in flux last week, as President Obama sought to repackage his party's priorities in the wake of the shocking Republican victory in Massachusetts on January 19


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


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"


House introduces health insurance bill to repeal antitrust exemption
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 24 2010

On Monday, February 22, Representatives Tom Perriello (D-Va.) and Betsy Markey (D-Colo.) introduced H.R. 4626, the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act, to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act antitrust exemption for the business of health insurance


Health care legislation imposes tax on annuity income
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 26 2010

The Health Care and Reconciliation Act (the "Act"), signed into law on March 30, 2010, imposes a tax on annuity income to help pay for the multi-billion dollar reform package set forth in both the Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010


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"


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