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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"


NYID implements “prior approval” of health insurance rates
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 2 2010

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


CMS proposes changes to “36 month rule” for Home Health
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 9 2010

In late July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule for the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Rate Update for Calendar Year 2011


Proposed changes for home health & skilled nursing facilities
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 26 2010

On July 16, CMS issued a proposed rule that would amount to a $900 million reduction to home health agencies


ERISA litigation: an update from the ALI-ABA conference on financial and insurance litigation
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 21 2010

ERISA litigation, once considered a dull backwater of the law, has been gaining increased interest and attention in recent years: the result of an aging population and an increasingly sophisticated and aggressive plaintiffs' bar


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


Scottish Court rejects insurers' challenge over compensation for pleural plaques
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 13 2010

The Scottish Court has upheld legislation that maintains the right to compensation for pleural plaques sufferers in Scotland


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate January 11, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2010

Though both the House and Senate were officially in recess, several notable occurrences took place last week as key players moved ahead on the difficult task of how to reconcile the differences between the two chambers’ healthcare reform plans


The healthcare reform debate December 21, 2009
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 21 2009

Healthcare reform efforts were marked with uncertainty and skepticism in the Senate last week, as Democratic leaders continued their scramble to reach a consensus on the controversial bill before Christmas


Repeal of antitrust exemption gains traction as House and Senate Democrats reconcile healthcare reform bills
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 8 2010

U.S. House Representatives Peter DeFazio, (D-OR) and Gene Taylor (D-MS) drafted a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in support of repealing the antitrust exemption under the McCarran Ferguson Act for health insurers and medical liability insurers