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Proposed bill would eliminate Stark Law exception for some services; Oregon exchange won’t be completely ready by deadline; “Doc Fix” bill advances in house
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 13 2013

The "Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013," introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on August 1, would eliminate one of the Stark


CCIIO issues broker guidelines for exchanges
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • May 7 2013

On May 1, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), a part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued


HHS releases new exchange application forms
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • May 7 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released revised, more user-friendly application forms for use by consumers who apply for


BCBS of MI antitrust case dropped
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 2 2013

On March 25, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the State of Michigan agreed to dismiss an antitrust case against Blue Cross Blue Shield of


New guidance issued on “fixed indemnity” insurance benefits under Affordable Care Act
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 18 2013

When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) was enacted in 1996, it exempted coverage of “excepted benefits” from its


Mandatory September 30, 2009 registration deadline approaches for insurers subject to new Medicare reporting requirements
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 23 2009

The Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (S. 2499) (the “Act”), signed into law on December 29, 2007, contains a new mandatory reporting requirement for insurers covering medical expenses


Changes affecting private insurance plans and issuers
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 20 2010

President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010 and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act on March 30, 2010 (collectively, the "Act"


The role of reinsurance in establishing the new regime
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 20 2010

Reinsurance will play a key role in establishing the new regime contemplated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010


Maine obtains waiver of medical loss ratio requirement; Florida requests waiver
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • March 16 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted the State of Maine's request for a waiver of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirement that individual health insurance plan issuers spend at least 80 of premiums on medical care or quality improvements


More than 1,000 waivers of PPACA provision granted
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • March 17 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved more than 1,000 one-year waivers of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provision that restricts annual limits for essential benefits