Topic: State Legislative Developments

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter – January 2019

Locke Lord’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter provides topical snapshots of recent developments in the fast-changing world of privacy, data protection, and cyber risk management. For further information on any of the subjects covered in the newsletter, please contact one of the members of our privacy and cybersecurity team.

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Texas Department of Insurance Announces New Legislative Priorities

The Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”) has released its 2018 Biennial Report to the 86th ‎Texas Legislature. Every two years and pursuant to Texas Insurance Code section 32.022, TDI ‎releases a report on insurance areas that the Department has identified for priority attention in the ‎upcoming Texas legislative session.‎

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New California Legislation Governing Health Plans’ Relationships with Pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 315 into law. AB 315 is California’s version of the growing national trend to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”). PBMs are entities that not only manage prescription drug benefits under health insurance plans, including drug utilization review, drug plan formulary development, selecting pharmacies for prescription drug networks, and determining reimbursements for those pharmacies, but also operate mail order and specialty pharmacies themselves.

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Maryland Obtains Waiver for Health Reinsurance Program

Maryland officials will formally announce Wednesday that the federal government has approved an ACA state innovation waiver intended to help shore up Maryland’s individual health insurance market, which has suffered from skyrocketing premiums and declining participation by healthier persons following the repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate

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