July 2015 Archives

Prepare Now for Sweeping Changes to Rhode Island's Identity Protection Law

On June 26, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed the "Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015" ("Act"), substantially reworking Rhode Island's 2005 data breach and identity protection laws. Although it does not formally take effect until June of 2016, it is important for businesses to be aware of the Act's key provisions and to take proactive measures to ensure timely compliance.The Act generally applies to any business, person, entity, or municipality that collects and stores "personal information," such as a person's first name (or initial) and last name in connection with the following types of additional data:

The Internet of Things is Here and Now

Waking up for the workday, you walk into the kitchen to see a fresh cup of coffee that has been programmed to brew based on your phone's alarm clock. Your MP3 player automatically starts playing some smooth jazz, after having learned that when you wake up this early, you typically play that type of music. Your fridge sends you a notification that you are out of milk and that your daily water consumption has increased. Sitting in your self-driving car, which is already pre-programmed to get you to work as it has synced with your calendar, you realize you forgot to lock the doors. Don't worry - Smart Locks have detected a lack of movement in your home and locked the doors for you after having turned down the thermostat automatically to save energy.

SCOTUS Saves the Affordable Care Act Again - Tax Credits Available on All Exchanges

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided that tax credits will be made available to individuals who purchase health insurance coverage on both federal and state exchanges (on-line marketplaces where people compare and purchase insurance plans). We discussed the case, King v. Burwell, in a blog and podcast last December.

CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Modernizing Medicaid

On May 27, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") released a proposed rule that would "modernize the Medicaid managed care regulations to reflect changes in the usage of managed care delivery systems." The first major update to Medicaid managed care regulations in over a decade, the rule seeks to reduce the significant variability and inconsistency among the nation's many Medicaid managed care plans.

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