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Locke Lord LLP | USA, Brazil | 8 Dec 2009

NAIC announces new cooperation agreement with Brazil

On Saturday, December 5, 2009, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) announced that U.S. insurance regulators entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the Agencia Nacional de Saude Suplementar (ANS), Brazil’s Insurance Regulator for Health Plans and Health Insurance, during the NAIC Winter Meeting.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 7 Dec 2009

Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate

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.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 4 Dec 2009

Partial repeal of the insurance antitrust exemption introduced as amendment to Senate healthcare bill

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.

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Locke Lord LLP | United Kingdom | 25 Nov 2009

Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Bill introduced into Parliament

The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Bill (the Bill) had its 1st reading in the House of Lords on 23 November 2009.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 23 Nov 2009

Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate November 23, 2009

Healthcare reform efforts headed into another weekend showdown, as the Senate kicked-off consideration of its legislation with a key procedural vote on Saturday evening.

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Locke Lord LLP | Global | 11 Nov 2009

QBE expects 7.14 premium growth for Latin American operations in 2009; ACE’s Latin American life insurance premiums up 85

QBE Insurance Group recently stated that the company expects its gross written premiums from Latin American operations to grow by 7.14 for the year 2009.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 9 Nov 2009

Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate

The House passed its $1 trillion healthcare reform bill over the weekend, following a week-long flurry of behind-the-scenes activity by Democratic leaders, as they worked to line up the 218 votes necessary for passage.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 28 Oct 2009

Minnesota governor proposes changes to state law to allow for the purchase of health insurance policies across state lines and the creation of an interstate health insurance compact

Governor Time Pawlenty (R-MN) recently outlined a set of proposed healthcare reforms to be considered during Minnesota's 2010 legislative session.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 22 Oct 2009

House Committee votes to eliminate insurers’ federal antitrust exemption

On October 21, the House Judiciary Committee voted to repeal health and medical malpractice insurers’ long-standing federal antitrust exemption.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 23 Sep 2009

Report from the NAIC Fall meeting - Vice President Biden addresses state insurance commissioners on healthcare reform

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.

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