2010 State Legislative Preview: NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW HAMPSHIRE RAISES DEPENDENT AGE ON HC POLICIESMost noteworthy for Granite State residents, 2009 saw the increase in the dependent age of children covered under a parents private insurance policy to 29 years of age. Also, New Hampshire continues to impose restrictions on the practice of data mining in light of its landmark bill addressing […]

2010 State Legislative Preview: RHODE ISLAND

RI MOVES ON MEDICAID REFORM In 2009, Ocean State lawmakers passed (H5112) Medicaid Reform. The bill helps RI with their Medicaid waiver. The waiver authorizes the implementation of the RI Global Consumer Choice Demonstration; creates the demonstration implementation taskforce. The bill became effective upon its passage on July 1, 2009 and is intended to lead to a […]

2010 State Legislative Preview: VERMONT

VT LOOKS TO CONSOLIDATE PAST GAINS2009 saw Vermont moving to implement comprehensive palliative care legislation, the nation’s strictest direct marketing rules to medical providers and the imposition of sole sourcing for its managed Medicaid program. As if this wasn’t enough, Vermont’s law prohibiting datamining is still making its way through the federal courts, as parties […]

2010 State Legislative Preview: MASSACHUSETTS

LEGISLATION MAKES WAY THROUGH GENERAL COURT Lawmakers on Beacon Hill work to make up for a lackluster beginning of 2009, with the cloud of corruption scandals hanging over senior lawmakers, including former speaker Sal DiMasi. DiMasi has been replaced with Robert DeLeo. Changing leadership teams has meant changes in committee chairs. Two bills punctuate the […]

2010 State Legislative Preview: CONNECTICUT

CT TO CONVENE SPECIAL PANEL ON BLEEDING DISORDERSMuch depends on the outcome of the special legislative study group on Bleeding Disorders.  The study group is expected to consider issues confronting people with bleeding disorders across the lifecycle.  Co-chaired by State Representatives Karen Jarmoc and Matthew Conway the panel is expected to begin meeting in late […]

2010 State Legislative Preview: MAINE

MARKETING RULES, 2010 ELECTION DOT ME’S COMING TERMThe most important development in Maine is the departure of Jude Walsh, Governor Balducci’s special assistant for Healthcare Finance to Gould Associates. Walsh was the Governor’s point person for facilitating cost containment amongst chronic conditions. Balducci’s days are numbered literally. Term limited in 2010, it is unclear whether […]