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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 10 Jan 2011

Healthcare news from Capitol Hill and the Department of Health and Human Services

In late December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a number of announcements.


Locke Lord LLP | United Kingdom | 21 Dec 2010

OFT to launch market study into private healthcare

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.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 20 Dec 2010

Healthcare law faces legal challenges

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.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 24 Nov 2010

Federal government issues final medical loss ratio regulations

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).


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 8 Nov 2010

HHS “early innovator” grants announced

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.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 2 Nov 2010

NYID implements “prior approval” of health insurance rates

Effective October 1, 2010, the New York Insurance Department (the "Department") has authority to review health insurance rate requests before they go into effect.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 1 Nov 2010

Captive bill passed by New Jersey Assembly; next stop New Jersey Senate

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.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 25 Oct 2010

HHS awards consumer assistance grants

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.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 25 Oct 2010

Judge allows healthcare reform challenge to move forward

On October 14, a federal judge declined to dismiss two of the six claims in a healthcare reform lawsuit filed by 20 states.


Locke Lord LLP | USA | 4 Oct 2010

Early Retiree Reinsurance Program is underway; it's not too late to apply

Nearly 2,000 businesses, unions and state governments have been approved thus far for the federal government's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

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