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Notice of Withdrawal of Proposed Amendments to the Illinois Insurance Department Consumer Complaints Rule

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Illinois Department of Insurance (“DOI”) has issued a notice of withdrawal of its proposed amendments to the Illinois Insurance Department Consumer Complaints Rule (50 Ill. Adm. Code 926) that were described in our...more

Texas Department of Insurance Issues Additional Bulletins Relating to Hurricane Harvey

Last week, we wrote a post about a number of bulletins of potential interest to property insurers issued by the Texas Department of Insurance concerning the appropriate conduct of those involved in the insurance claims...more

Arizona Enacts “Surprise Out-Of-Network” Balance Billing Law

by Snell & Wilmer on

Arizona has joined the national trend of trying to solve the “problem” of “surprise medical out-of-network bills.” The prevalence of this concern was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine which stated that 22% of...more

California’s Insurance Commissioner Encourages Admitted Carriers to Insure Cannabis Risks

by Wilson Elser on

Members of Wilson Elser’s Cannabis Law practice attended a teleconference led by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones with 63 insurance industry stakeholders on May 22, 2017, to discuss insurance requirements set...more

Rhode Island Regulation 68, Voluntary Restructuring of Solvent Insurers Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

Recently Rhode Island revised its Voluntary Restructuring of Solvent Insurers Act as implemented by DBR Regulation 68. This was, in many respects, modeled after the UK’s Part VII Transaction, which, subject to court approval,...more

Is A Corporate Director An Employee Subject To Workers’ Compensation?

by Allen Matkins on

Corporate lawyers tend to believe that directors and officers are not ineluctably employees. Thus, it may come as a surprise that California’s workers’ compensation law has for some time defined an “employee” to include...more

Steep Fines for Company With Compliance Problems, but Recognition of Remediation Efforts May Provide Model Going Forward

After a series of compliance failures leading to the resignation of company’s CEO, the privately-held health care brokerage company Zenefits was just hit with a $7 million dollar settlement by the California Department of...more

California’s Surprise Medical Bill Statute: Part 1: Implications and National Trends

by Epstein Becker & Green on

I. Executive Summary - On September 23, 2016, the California Legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, Assembly Bill 72 (“the Law”), creating a new regime for the regulation of “surprise bills.” Surprise bills...more

Rhode Island Regulation 68, Voluntary Restructuring of Solvent Insurers Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

Recently Rhode Island revised its Voluntary Restructuring of Solvent Insurers Act as implemented by DBR Regulation 68. This was, in many respects, modeled after the UK’s Part VII Transaction, which, subject to court approval,...more

NEW UPDATE: Is Your Workers’ Compensation Program Unlawful?

In two previous posts, on April 19, 2016 and June 21, 2016, we reported on the EquityComp workers’ compensation program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters (Applied) and California Insurance...more

Illinois Department of Insurance Proposes Rule on Misrepresentations and False Warranties

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Illinois Department of Insurance (“DOI”) has issued a notice of proposed rules to create 50 Ill. Adm. Code 941 regarding misrepresentations and false warranties. A previous version of the proposed rule was proposed in...more

New Texas Surplus Lines Rules Drafted by Texas Department of Insurance

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”) has posted a 48-page working draft of new surplus lines rules. Specifically, TDI issued an informal notice on July 22, 2016 reflecting several modifications to Title 28, Texas...more

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

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

by Dentons on

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

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

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