Tag Archives: Health Insurance Law

Cost Caps on Medical Procedures Approved

Federal officials recently approved “reference pricing,” a new cost-control mechanism that allows insurers to put a dollar limit on the amount that health plans pay for some expensive medical procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.&n…

Lawsuits Over Health Exchange Premium Subsidies Challenge Heart of Reform Law

Royal Oakes was quoted in a Jan. 5th, 2014, Business Insurance article, Lawsuits Over Health Exchange Premium Subsidies Challenge Heart of Reform Law, by discussing a pair of lawsuits aimed at limiting availability of premium subsidies for health care …

Californians Will Not Allow Health Insurers to Reinstate Coverage

By Peter Felsenfeld
More than a million California residents whose health plans were cancelled under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, will not be able to keep their existing coverage, despite President Obama’s directive that insurers k…

White House Delays Implementation of Employer Coverage Mandate of ACA

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that it will provide an additional year before the mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begin.  

In a blog posting, Mark J. Mazur, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury, stated that the Administration has been engaging in a dialogue with businesses about the new reporting requirements under the ACA.  

According to Mr. Mazur, “[w]e have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively.”  

The additional year will meet two goals, according to Mazur:

First, it will allow us to consider ways to simplify the new reporting requirements consistent with the law.  Second it will provide time to adapt health coverage and reporting systems while employers are moving toward making health coverage affordable and accessible for their employees.”    

 

UnitedHealth to Exit California’s Individual Health Market By Year End

UnitedHealth recently announced that it will be leaving California’s individual health market at the end of this year.  
UnitedHealth’s announcement comes on the heels of a similar announcement by Aetna last month. Both UnitedHealth and Aetna will…

Legal Challenges to ACA Not Quite Finished

If you thought that the legal battle over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") was put to rest in NFIB v. Sebelius, you may want to pay attention to Liberty University v. Geithner. &nbsp…

More than 20 new insurance-related bills signed into law by Governor Brown

By Sam Sorich
September 30, 2012, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on bills passed by the California Legislature during the 2012 regular legislative session.
Here are summaries of noteworthy insurance-related bills that were sig…

Update: California Health Insurance Initiative Will Be on the Ballot in November 2014

by Larry Golub
On June 28, we reported that a proposed initiative that would bring prior approval of rates for health insurance to California had failed to qualify for the November 2012 California ballot. 
An earlier blog addressed in mo…

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act, But Just Barely

Barger & Wolen partner John LeBlanc and summer associate Natalie Ferrall wrote an article published in the Westlaw Journal – Insurance Coverage on Aug. 10, 2012, about the Supreme Court’s closely watched ruling on healthcare reform and how th…

Health Reform Bills Approved by California Assembly Health Committee

By John M. LeBlanc and Natalie J. Ferrall
The California Assembly Committee on Health recently heard and approved two high-profile health care reform bills with the stated purpose of bringing California into compliance with the federal Affordable …