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New Texas Form A Requirements and Confidentiality Provisions Adopted by Texas Department of Insurance

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) recently adopted amendments to 28 TAC §7.209 (Rule 7.209) relating to the requirements for Form A filings in connection with the acquisition or change of control of Texas domestic...more

Illinois Department of Insurance Requires Independent Third Party Background Investigation Reports

The Illinois Department of Insurance recently issued a bulletin requiring all companies to obtain independent third party background investigation/verification reports from nationally recognized vendors. The reports must be...more

Focus on Land of Lincoln

Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company, one of the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and intended to provide an alternative to traditional insurers and foster...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: July 2016

General Data Protection Regulation Update - As reported in the April Locke Lord Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter, the European Parliament gave the final approval to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on...more

UPDATE: Is Your Workers’ Compensation Program Unlawful?

Under a ruling this week from the California Insurance Commissioner, your company may be insured under an unenforceable workers’ compensation program. You may also be entitled to a refund of premiums paid to California...more

Update: Illinois Adopts Amendment to Simplify Insurer Record Retention and Destruction Requirements

The Illinois Department of Insurance (“IL DOI”) has amended its record disposal and destruction regulation effective May 23, 2016, significantly reducing reporting, book-keeping and retention obligations for Illinois domestic...more

Health Net Payments Trickle in to Addiction Treatment Centers as CA Regulators Investigate Insurer

As we have previously detailed, Health Net began directing a great deal of attention toward addiction treatment providers in early 2016. The payor (which has subsequently been acquired by Centene Corp.) started aggressively...more

Operation Underground Economy

The California Department of Insurance’s news release on its latest efforts to target the underground economy reminds me of some lines of Mission Impossible: “this is not mission difficult, Mr. Hunt. It’s mission impossible.”...more

A-1 Self-Storage Unit Protection Plan: California Court of Appeal Defers to Agency Interpretation of the Insurance Code

The California Court of Appeal recently affirmed a ruling that an optional protection plan in a storage rental contract to transfer the risk of property damage or loss from the renter to the rental company did not transform...more

The California Department of Insurance adopts robust network adequacy regulations

This week, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced the formal adoption of network adequacy regulations that Commissioner Dave Jones first issued and implemented, on an emergency basis, in January 2015....more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The President took a victory lap in Wisconsin, announcing that 20 million people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act... That figure includes people newly covered through insurance...more

Texas Department of Insurance Seeks Input for 2016 Biennial Report to the Texas Legislature

On March 10, 2016, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) will hold a stakeholders meeting to seek input on the preparation of the Department’s next report to the Texas Legislature. Pursuant to Texas Insurance Code Section...more

California Insurance Department Holds Hearing on Centene/Health Net Merger

Since the summer of 2015, a great deal of attention has focused on whether the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers will be approved by federal and state antitrust regulators. These transactions have been the...more

Leslie Hess Appointed as the Interim Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance

On February 9, 2016, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Leslie Hess as the Interim Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance. Hess has more than 25 years of experience in both public and private sectors of the...more

Proposal Calls for CA Insurers to Divest From Coal

On January 25, 2016, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones asked California insurers to voluntarily divest their investments in the thermal coal industry. In addition, beginning in April 2016, California insurers...more

California Department of Insurance Orders California Fair Plan To Make Coverage Changes

On January 20, 2016, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) issued an Order to the California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan Association to expand the coverages offered under its residential property...more

Brian Maynard Appointed as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance

Brian Maynard, of Louisville, has been appointed as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance. Maynard has 30 years of insurance accounting experience. Since 2004, Maynard has been a contract examiner for...more

California Considers Revision of Public Insurance Adjuster Law

Legislation which would significantly revise California law relating to public insurance adjusters is under consideration in the California Senate. The bill, SB 488, is authored by Senator Marty Block of San Diego. The bill...more

Bill Proposed in Massachusetts to Establish “Public Construction Surety Bond State Guarantee Fund” Requiring Chapter 149A Sureties...

Sureties writing public construction bonds under Chapter 149A in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts should pay close attention to Mass. Bill No. 3889, which seeks to create a Public Construction Surety Bond State Guarantee...more

Insurance Issues in the Sharing Economy

Last week, I co-moderated a panel discussion at the Bar Association of San Francisco entitled “Insurance Issues In The Sharing Economy.” We had a lively and informative panel discussion between Kate Sampson, Managing Director...more

More Senior Staff Changes at the Texas Department of Insurance

After 24 years of service with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), General Counsel Sara Wait will be retiring in December 2015. Wait has had a distinguished career at TDI after starting as a law clerk in TDI’s...more

Illinois Insurance Department Proposes Amendment to Cumbersome Records Retention and Destruction Requirements

The Illinois Department of Insurance (“ IL DOI”) has proposed an amendment to Illinois’ insurer record retention requirements, which would significantly reduce reporting, book-keeping and retention obligations. The current...more

The California CDI’s Insurance Diversity Initiative

On November 4, 2015, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) hosted its 4th Annual Insurance Diversity Summit, and issued the results of its second Insurer Supplier Diversity Survey. These are significant outputs of...more

New Texas Medical Stop-Loss Rules Drafted by Texas Department of Insurance

Within an environment of increased federal and state regulatory emphasis on health insurance related issues arising due to the passage by the U.S. Congress of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the Texas...more

Governor Brown Vetoes AB 1232

Governor Brown has vetoed AB 1232, a bill sponsored by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) which would have allowed agency's licensing hearings to be conducted in the CDI Administrative Hearing Bureau (AHB) instead...more

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