In late December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a number of announcements.
On 14 December 2010, the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) announced that it is to undertake a study of competition in the UK private healthcare market.
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.
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).
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.
Effective October 1, 2010, the New York Insurance Department (the "Department") has authority to review health insurance rate requests before they go into effect.
On October 25, 2010, the New Jersey Assembly passed A.2360 (the “Bill”) by a vote of 77-0, which would permit a captive insurance market to exist in New Jersey.
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.
On October 14, a federal judge declined to dismiss two of the six claims in a healthcare reform lawsuit filed by 20 states.
Nearly 2,000 businesses, unions and state governments have been approved thus far for the federal government's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.