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Health Care Unplugged: McDermott Will & Emery Blog Gets Thru to the Issues of a National Dilemma

Last November, at the JVC Insurance Forum in Chicago, two speakers on a panel about health care reform almost came to blows. Perhaps it was because the physician from a public hospital in West Virginia kept throwing the word 'disingenuous' around every time the panelist from Aetna made a comment...

Disability Insurance Community Combs Through New Health Acts

By Allison Bell, SENIOR EDITOR/WEB EDITOR, National Underwriter Life & Health. When President Obama signed the two big health bills into law in March, he may have changed the U.S. disability insurance market in ways that providers, producers and customers cannot yet start to imagine. Drew King...

Manulife, Munich Re Team Up to Tap Hong Kong's Changing Health Care Market

By Rebecca Ng, News Editor, A.M. Best HONG KONG (BestWire) - Proposed government-driven medical reforms together with an aging population and rising medical costs in Hong Kong is generating a new business model for group life and medical insurance segments among international companies in the wake...

Manulife, Munich Re Team Up to Tap Hong Kong's Changing Health Care Market

By Rebecca Ng, News Editor, A.M. Best HONG KONG (BestWire) - Proposed government-driven medical reforms together with an aging population and rising medical costs in Hong Kong is generating a new business model for group life and medical insurance segments among international companies in the wake...

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Legal Alert: PPACA Rules on Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions of Coverage, and Patient Protections Issued

By Carol A. Weiser, Jamey A. Medlin, and Vanessa A. Scott, Attorneys, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP On June 22, 2010, the tri-agency task force 1 charged with drafting regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) released interim final regulations regarding PPACA’s...

Mealey's™ Managed Care Liability Report-Florida Judge Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Unconstitutional

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge on Jan. 31 struck down as unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and, finding that the provision is not severable, held that the entire act must be declared void ( State of Florida...

Legal News Podcast - New Hampshire Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to Obamacare - Standing Not A Fiction

A New Hampshire federal judge dismisses a challenge to the Health Care Act by a Medicare recipient, and, a $111 million interest award is issued in a Texas federal patent case. Hear these and other stories from LexisNexis® Mealey's Publications. Copyright© 2011 LexisNexis, a division of...

LexisNexis® Insurance Law Community Podcast featuring Susan Voss, President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners

On this edition, LexisNexis Insurance Law Community Manager Karen Yotis talks with Susan E. Voss, Commissioner of the Iowa Insurance Division and President of the NAIC, discusses the recent commissioners conference, health care reform issues, financial services oversight, the relationship with the new...

Virginia's Attack on Health Care Reform Individual Mandate in PPACA Heard by Fourth Circuit

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) The federal government argued before a panel of the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 10 that a district court judge erred in finding that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional, while the...

Health Care Reform Scores a Victory: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate Upheld by Sixth Circuit

CINCINNATI -- (Mealey's) The individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a valid exercise of Congress' power under the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held June 29, ( Thomas More Law Center, et...

Legal News Podcast: 9th Circuit-No Standing to Challenge Obamacare; 11th Circuit-Healthcare Reform Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

The 11th Circuit finds the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandate to be unconstitutional in Fla. v. United States HHS , 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 16806 (11th Cir. Fla. Aug. 12, 2011) , and, the 9th circuit affirms that plaintiffs lack standing to challenge the act in Baldwin v...

Guidance Provided on Summary of Benefits and Coverage

By Marla G. Roshkoff and Brian M. Pinheiro Continuing with the recent proliferation of guidance on health care reform, the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services have released proposed regulations and requested comments regarding the implementation of a new, simplified...

Purchasing Health Insurance Through an Exchange: Implications for Large Employers

By Vanessa A. Scott and Carol A. Weiser, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury, respectively, have issued guidance on (1) the ability of individuals and small employers to purchase health insurance through an exchange, and (2) the premium...

Obamacare Loses a Round in Pennsylvania - Individual Mandate Violates Commerce Clause

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Sept. 13 held that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is an unconstitutional extension of authority granted to the federal government under the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause ( Barbara...

LexisNexis® Legal News Podcast - Challenges to Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) Rejected

The 4th Circuit finds Virginia lacked standing to challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Virginia ex rel. Cuccinelli v. Sebelius, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 18632 (4th Cir. Va. Sept. 8, 2011) , and, in a separate case, finds the Anti-Injunction Act strips a court of jurisdiction to hear...

Sutherland Legal Alert - New Rules for Summaries of Health Benefits and Coverage

By Carol Weiser and Vanessa Scott, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Proposed regulations on, and a proposed template for, the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) required by section 2715 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA...

LexisNexis® Legal News Podcast - Health Care Reform Takes a Hit - Court Rules Individual Mandate Violates Commerce Clause

A Pennsylvania federal judge finds the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violates the Constitution, Goudy-Bachman v. United States HHS, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102897 (M.D. Pa. Sept. 13, 2011) , and, a California federal judge certifies a wage-and-hour class suing a refinery...

LexisNexis® Legal News Podcast - Victory For Health Care Reform Is Appealed by Jerry Falwell's Liberty University To Supreme Court

Liberty University petitions the Supreme Court over dismissal of a health care reform case, and defendants in a Propofol infection case in Nevada are ordered to pay $162.5 million in punitive damages. Hear these and other stories from LexisNexis® Mealey's Publications. Copyright © 2011 LexisNexis...

Health Insurance at the Intersection of State and Federal Regulation: Confused Regulation of ERISA Fully Insured MEWAs

By R. Dean Conlin, Partner, Locke, Lord, Bissell & Liddell, L.P. Small employers have struggled to have the same funding and plan design flexibility and uniform plan coverage for group health insurance as larger employers. A fully insured, multiple employer welfare arrangement ("MEWA"...

The Third Burning of Washington: Uncivil Health Care Wars Continue

By Alvin D. Lurie Historical Headnote: Washington has been burned twice before - once 197 years ago literally, by the enemy from without, when the British burned the White House and the U.S. Capitol during the War of 1812; and once metaphorically, by the enemy from within, when the Confederacy broke...

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: HHS Releases FAQs on Essential Health Benefits

By Edward I. Leeds and Clifford J. Schoner On February 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs concerning the Essential Health Benefits Bulletin it issued on December 16, 2011. The FAQs offer new guidance and raise new questions about the scope of what...

HHS Releases Final Rule and Interim Final Rules on Affordable Care Act's State Health Insurance Exchanges

On March 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-anticipated Final Rule and Interim Final Rules (the "Rules") on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (ACA) state health insurance exchanges ("Exchange(s)"), a key element of...

McGuireWoods on the Supreme Court's Federal Health Care Reform Law Decision

By Stephanie A. Kennan , Brian Looser , Vincent A. Dongarra and R. Brent Rawlings Intro: On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in the case of National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. [ enhanced...

California Approves License Allowing Insurance Agents to Assist Consumers Who Purchase Health Insurance Through New Health Insurance Exchange

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved Covered California's application for an insurance business entity license. The license approval will allow licensed health insurance agents to affiliate with Covered California and sell health insurance offered on California's new health...

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