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Health Care Update - February 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Open Enrollment Update - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News -...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2015 #2

HHS ramps up for the final week of open enrollment. Families buying into CHIP in Pennsylvania are granted tax relief, and though Medicaid expansion efforts seem to have hit a wall in Tennessee and Wyoming, Arkansas assures...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Millions Affected by Hackers’ Attack on Health Insurer Anthem, Inc. – “Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack,” announced Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s President and CEO. Anthem, Inc., formerly...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2015

The President’s budget reveals the healthcare agenda for his Administration’s penultimate year. Medicaid expansion proposals advance in Arkansas and Wyoming; California’s Marketplace reports 9 out of every 10 enrollees remain...more

A Boost for Business: Time to Reaffirm or Secure Terrorism Insurance

On January 12, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 26, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA of 2015), providing a federal backstop for insurance against risks of terrorism. TRIPRA...more

Dodd-Frank Act Changes Are Coming

For over four years after enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”), President Obama and the Democratic Senate successfully blocked any changes to that act. For example, in the 113th Congress, the House passed 26 bills...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: January 2015 #3

This week, leadership changes at CMS continue, Montana’s Governor introduces Medicaid expansion legislation, and the California Marketplace allows new health plan entrants into the individual and SHOP Marketplaces for the...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2014

2014 was a year replete with new legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting federally regulated financial institutions. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2014 are outlined in our annual year in review....more

Congress Speeds Non-Resident Licensing for Insurance Producers

In yet one more assertion of federal power to regulate insurance – which states have long controlled – President Obama signed legislation on Jan. 12 that will dramatically speed the licensing of insurance agents and brokers...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The 1st Regular Session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly convened on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and Governor Haley and the state constitutional officers were all inaugurated on Wednesday. In addition, Governor...more

U.S. Treasury and Commerce Release Revised Cuba Sanctions Regulations

A pre-release of the revised regulations from the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) identifies the extensive changes in...more

Illinois Industrial Insured Self-Procurement Tax Guidance Announced

As we have previously covered in detail, at the end of its 2014 regular legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a multimillion dollar tax on Illinois companies using captive insurance arrangements. The law...more

National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2015 Signed Into Law

The National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2015 (NARAB Reform Act) amends the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and establishes the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (Association). ...more

TRIA’s Back . . . and There’s Going to be Trouble

Readers of a certain age may recall the Angels’ 1963 song “My Boyfriend’s Back,” which talked about a boyfriend who returned to rescue his steady girlfriend from lies and problems (“Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back!”). Well,...more

Obama Signs Bill Extending Federal Terrorism Reinsurance Program

Born out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, on November 26, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA”). Originally set to expire on December 31, 2005, Congress twice...more

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorized, But Some Uncertainty Remains

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed into law a six-year extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program after the House and Senate passed the bill by votes of 416-5 and 93-4, respectively. As we previously reported,...more

Insurance Industry Wins Temporary FLSA Exemption for Insurance Adjusters in CRomnibus

On Tuesday, we discussed Congress’s passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, nicknamed CRomnibus in the waning days of the 2014 legislative session. The omnibus spending bill avoided...more

Debate Intensifies Over Medicare Advantage Plans’ Removal of Providers

Which is more important in a Medicare Advantage plan: the plan’s flexibility to change its provider list during the plan year, or the enrollees’ right to confidence that their providers won’t be removed from the plan after...more

Policyholders Face Uncertainty after Lapse of Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Congress' failure to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (TRIPRA), a 2007 extension of the 2002 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, could have significant implications for companies that rely upon...more

Policyholders Face Uncertainty after Lapse of Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Congress’ failure to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (“TRIPRA”), a 2007 extension of the 2002 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, could have significant implications for companies that rely upon...more

Life Insurers Gain Ground in Legislative Fix

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to pass legislation (H.R. 5461) intended to clarify capital standards for insurance companies under the supervision of the Federal Reserve Board. The bill, sponsored by...more

Effects of the New Federal Spending Package on the Health Sector

In mid-December, President Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill known as the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015” or “Cromnibus.”[1] This post explores provisions that relate to the...more

Congress Finally Enacts Chemical Facility Security Legislation

In a rare bipartisan gesture, on December 11, 2014, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4007, the “Protecting and Securing Chemicals Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014” (“Act”), which the Senate...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: December 2014 #4

With the holiday season underway, this week the Federal government awarded $110 million in exchange establishment grants, released proposed rules to permit employees to receive employer-sponsored insurance and tax credits,...more

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