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The Affordable Care Act: Moving Forward In The Coming Years, Lawrence O. Gostin, David Hyman, Peter D. Jacobson 2016 Georgetown University Law Center

The Affordable Care Act: Moving Forward In The Coming Years, Lawrence O. Gostin, David Hyman, Peter D. Jacobson

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 with no Republican support. The ACA has been politically divisive ever since, with the House repeatedly voting for repeal. Earlier this year, Congress successfully passed a repeal, with the Senate using a legislative process called “reconciliation,” which requires only a simple majority for certain tax and spending bills. However, Congress failed to override a presidential veto.

President-elect Donald Trump pledged to “repeal and replace” the ACA, but would keep the most popular features: (1) guaranteed issue —health plans must enroll applicants regardless of pre-existing conditions; and (2) dependent coverage ...


[Review Of] Making Decisions About Liability And Insurance (Colin Camerer & Howard Kunreuther Eds.), Joseph M. Carreiro Jr. 2016 University of New Hampshire

[Review Of] Making Decisions About Liability And Insurance (Colin Camerer & Howard Kunreuther Eds.), Joseph M. Carreiro Jr.

RISK: Health, Safety & Environment

Review of: Making Decisions about Liability and Insurance (Colin Camerer & Howard Kunreuther eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993). Figures, index, notes, tables. ISBN 0-7923-9393-7 [139 pp. Cloth $89.95. 101 Phillip Drive, Assinippi Park, Norwell MA 02061.1


Book Review, Mitchell M. Simon 2016 University of New Hampshire

Book Review, Mitchell M. Simon

RISK: Health, Safety & Environment

Review of: MARC A. RODWIN, MEDICINE, MONEY & MORALS: PHYSICIANS' CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. (Oxford University Press 1993). [430 pp.] Acknowledgements, acronyms, appendices, foreword, index, notes. LC: 92-49488; ISBN: 0-19-508096-3. [Cloth $25.00. 200 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016.]


Book Review, Thomas G. Field Jr. 2016 University of New Hampshire

Book Review, Thomas G. Field Jr.

RISK: Health, Safety & Environment

Review of the following: lAIN HAY, MONEY, MEDICINE AND MALPRACTICE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. (Praeger 1992) [244 pp.] Abbreviations, annotated list of personal communications, figures, glossary, index, full legal citations, notes, preface, references, tables. LC 91-38477, ISBN 0-674-13645-4. [Cloth $49.95. P.O. Box 5007, Westwood CT 06881-9990.]


Strategic Land Use Litigation: Pleading Around Municipal Insurance, Christopher Serkin 2016 Vanderbilt Law School

Strategic Land Use Litigation: Pleading Around Municipal Insurance, Christopher Serkin

Christopher Serkin

Municipal insurance policies inevitably contain a curious exclusion of coverage for regulatory takings claims. Many courts have interpreted this exclusion broadly, applying it to all land-use litigation. Other courts have interpreted the exclusion narrowly. Both interpretations are problematic. The former is at odds with policy language and the normal rule that insurance policies are to be construed against the insurer. The latter creates an opportunity for plaintiffs to craft their pleadings explicitly to trigger or to avoid triggering the municipality’s insurance coverage. Plaintiffs seeking a quick settlement are well advised to plead around the exclusion so as to settle ...


Recent Decision: Incontestability Clause Bars Action By Insured, 2016 St. John's University School of Law

Recent Decision: Incontestability Clause Bars Action By Insured

The Catholic Lawyer

No abstract provided.


Financial Hardship From Purchasing Medications For Senior Citizens Before And After The Medicare Modernization Act Of 2003 And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Of 2010: Findings From 1998, 2001, And 2015, Anthony W. Olson, Jon C. Schommer, David A. Mott, Lawrence M. Brown 2016 University of Minnesota

Financial Hardship From Purchasing Medications For Senior Citizens Before And After The Medicare Modernization Act Of 2003 And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Of 2010: Findings From 1998, 2001, And 2015, Anthony W. Olson, Jon C. Schommer, David A. Mott, Lawrence M. Brown

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

BACKGROUND: The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (Medicare Part D) added prescription drug coverage for senior citizens aged 65 years and older and applied managed care approaches to contain costs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) had the goals of expanding health care insurance coverage and slowing growth in health care expenditures.

OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe the proportion of senior citizens who had prescription drug insurance coverage and the proportion who experienced financial hardship from purchasing medications in 2015, and (b) compare the findings with those collected in 1998 and 2001.

METHODS: Data were obtained in ...


Uncertain Costs, Unclear Benefits: China’S Social Insurance System And Foreign Workers, Eric Chu 2016 Boston College Law School

Uncertain Costs, Unclear Benefits: China’S Social Insurance System And Foreign Workers, Eric Chu

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

China’s fairly recent implementation of a social security insurance scheme that includes foreign workers has generated unintended uncertainties and inconsistencies both for foreign companies in China and for Chinese companies working outside China, without generating clear benefits for foreign workers. This Note provides an overview of the new scheme, which requires, for the first time, all foreign workers and their employers to pay into the social security insurance system. Weaknesses in this new scheme include inconsistent implementation, scattered timelines, and incomplete information on coverage. In the face of these and other shortcomings, China should focus on the benefits of ...


The Mystery Of Mutual Insurers In Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, Tom Baker, Rick Swedloff 2016 University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Mystery Of Mutual Insurers In Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance, Tom Baker, Rick Swedloff

Faculty Scholarship

Large law firms in the U.S. rely heavily on lawyers-only mutual insurers to manage their malpractice risks. Yet, under classic economic theory, mutual insurers should not be able to compete with stock insurers, at least absent a market failure. Mutuals have less access to capital and thus less ability to spread risk. Also, mutuals demand much more law firm partner time. Our research into the lawyers’ professional liability (LPL) insurance market makes three contributions. First, while we find evidence consistent with the traditional explanations for mutual insurance—market failures related to moral hazard and adverse selection and a problem ...


Khoury V. Seastrand, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. 52 (July 28, 2016), Ronni Boskovich 2016 Nevada Law Journal

Khoury V. Seastrand, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. 52 (July 28, 2016), Ronni Boskovich

Nevada Supreme Court Summaries

The Court considered three consolidated appeals from a district court judgment, pursuant to a jury verdict, and post-judgment orders awarding costs and denying a new trial in a personal injury action. While the Court addressed numerous issues, the following three questions comprised the bulk of the consolidated appeals: (1) whether an attorney may ask prospective jurors questions concerning a specific verdict amount to determine potential bias or prejudice; (2) whether repeatedly asking questions about that specific amount results in jury indoctrination warranting a mistrial; and (3) when a district court abuses its discretion in dismissing jurors for cause under Jitnan ...


Grain Producers Need To Consider Crop Insurance Options For Late Planting And Replanting, William M. Edwards 2016 Iowa State University

Grain Producers Need To Consider Crop Insurance Options For Late Planting And Replanting, William M. Edwards

william edwards

The frequent rains that have soaked Iowa this year have left many corn and soybean fields with areas where little or no production will be realized. Many producers are wondering what options they have under their multiple peril crop insurance policies.


Crop Insurance Has Some Changes For 2009, William M. Edwards 2016 Iowa State University

Crop Insurance Has Some Changes For 2009, William M. Edwards

william edwards

Crop insurance indemnity prices, guarantees and premiums were all at record levels for corn and soybeans in 2008. Current market conditions make it unlikely that those levels will be reached again in 2009, but they will still be attractive. The Risk Management Agency has announced indemnity prices of $4 per bushel for corn and $9.90 per bushel for soybeans for APH (yield) insurance guarantees for 2009, the second highest prices ever offered. Prices for revenue insurance policies will not be known until the end of February.


No Need To Reinvent The Wheel: Why Existing Liability Law Does Not Need To Be Preemptively Altered To Cope With The Debut Of The Driverless Car, Jeremy Levy 2016 Pepperdine University

No Need To Reinvent The Wheel: Why Existing Liability Law Does Not Need To Be Preemptively Altered To Cope With The Debut Of The Driverless Car, Jeremy Levy

The Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law

First, in part I, this article seeks to explore the background of driverless vehicles, including their history, the technology involved, and general issues and potential problems that may arise from these vehicles entering the market. In part II, the article will discuss existing regulations already in place for autonomous driverless vehicles in both state and federal law. Part III will examine two proposals, those for additional laws, or for the adaptation of existing laws to create new liability schemes, and how most of these proposals are either inadequate or overbroad. Part IV will examine liability waiver for accidents, strict liability ...


An Opening For Civil Rights In Health Insurance After The Affordable Care Act, Valarie K. Blake 2016 West Virginia University College of Law

An Opening For Civil Rights In Health Insurance After The Affordable Care Act, Valarie K. Blake

Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice

Section 1557, the civil rights provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), is unmatched in its reach, widely applying race, gender, disability, and age discrimination protections across all areas of healthcare. This Article will explore the value added of a civil rights approach to combating health insurance discrimination when combined with other ACA anti-discrimination efforts that were designed to regulate the health insurance market. It will emphasize the role that section 1557 can play in combatting healthcare disparities and will explore the utility of disparate impact and disparate treatment claims to those cases. Lastly, the Article will posit that two ...


Nfib V. Sebelius And The Individual Mandate: Thoughts On The Tax/Regulation Distinction, Kyle D. Logue 2016 University of Michigan Law School

Nfib V. Sebelius And The Individual Mandate: Thoughts On The Tax/Regulation Distinction, Kyle D. Logue

Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review

When Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion of the Court in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius (NFIB) explaining the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum essential coverage provision (sometimes referred to as the individual mandate), he reasoned that the mandate—or, more precisely, the enforcement provision that accompanied the mandate (the Shared Responsibility Payment or SRP)—could be understood as a tax on the failure to purchase health insurance. According to this view, the enactment of the mandate and its accompanying enforcement provisions fell within Congress’s virtually unlimited power to “lay and collect ...


Rate Me: Risk Assessment Drones And The Resurrection Of Discriminatory Insurance Practices, Lucas M. Barta 2016 Washington and Lee University School of Law

Rate Me: Risk Assessment Drones And The Resurrection Of Discriminatory Insurance Practices, Lucas M. Barta

Washington and Lee Law Review

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How Capital Markets Can Help Developing Countries Manage Climate Risk, Michael Bennett, Sophie Smyth 2016 The World Bank

How Capital Markets Can Help Developing Countries Manage Climate Risk, Michael Bennett, Sophie Smyth

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Climate change is exacerbating the frequency and severity of catastrophic weather events around the world. The economic impact of these events on developing countries can be severe, and roll back years of development gains. To help face this growing challenge, the governments of developing countries need improved access to insurance and alternative risk transfer mechanisms to manage their exposure to climate risk. Multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank, can help. For example, they can catalyze the creation of sovereign risk pools and facilitate access for developing country governments to the substantial reinsurance capacity of the capital markets. The ...


Incentivizing Municipalities To Adapt To Climate Change: Takings Liability And Fema Reform As Possible Solutions, David Dana 2016 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Incentivizing Municipalities To Adapt To Climate Change: Takings Liability And Fema Reform As Possible Solutions, David Dana

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

This Article addresses a central question of climate adaptation in the United States: how can municipalities, which are best positioned to take a lead in climate change adaptation efforts, be incentivized to do so? The Article analyzes and ultimately rejects as doctrinally unmoored and counterproductive one idea that has been suggested by commentators and arguably endorsed in a few noteworthy recent cases—that is, that municipalities and other governments be held liable under the Takings Clause for their failing to take adaptive measures that protect private property. Instead, the Article argues that municipalities should be given an incentive to adapt ...


Mitigation Of Climate Change Risks And Regulation By Insurance: A Feasible Proposal For China, Qihao He 2016 Boston College Law School

Mitigation Of Climate Change Risks And Regulation By Insurance: A Feasible Proposal For China, Qihao He

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Climate change is one of the most fundamental challenges of our time. The extraordinary growth of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions in China represents the single greatest obstacle to global climate change efforts in the coming decades. Meanwhile, China suffers from the adverse consequences of climate change. It has been recognized that two factors may increase climate change risks: (a) the increase in GHG emissions, which will increase the frequency and intensity of climate hazards; and (b) the increase of value-at-risk, such as the increased concentration of the world’s population and property in vulnerable areas. Therefore, mitigation of climate change ...


Climate Change And Federal Crop Insurance, Chad G. Marzen, J. Grant Ballard 2016 Florida State University

Climate Change And Federal Crop Insurance, Chad G. Marzen, J. Grant Ballard

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

The federal crop insurance program is well-positioned today to promote resilient agricultural practices that mitigate the future impact of climate change. In light of climate change risk, this Article examines issues relating to climate change and the federal crop insurance program. Part I of this Article examines the present risk of climate change in agriculture and discusses recent steps taken to address climate change in agriculture in general, specifically within the federal crop insurance program. As a condition to federal crop insurance coverage, a farmer-insured must utilize “good farming practices” to obtain coverage for covered causes of loss. Part II ...


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