Update from NAHU Government Affairs
Governor Bill Haslam appointed longtime insurance attorney and regulator Julie McPeak as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Prior to her appointment, McPeak had worked in the private sector as an attorney in the Nashville office of Burr & Forman L.L.P. Previously, she was executive director of the Kentucky Office of Insurance, where she also served as general counsel. “Ms. McPeak brings a wealth of knowledge in insurance from the public and private sector, and I look forward to working with her as we tackle the specific challenges facing the industry and state,” Governor Haslam said in a statement. McPeak will succeed Leslie Newman, who was appointed in 2007 to the position by former Governor Phil Bredesen.
Posted on 02/28/2011 9:00 AM by David Widmer
Mini-Med Plan Waivers for TN and 3 Other States
The New York Times (2/17, A22, Pear, link to full article here) reports, "The Obama administration said Wednesday that it had granted broad waivers to" Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, and New Jersey "allowing health insurance companies to continue offering less generous benefits than they would otherwise be required to provide this year under the new federal healthcare law." Steven B. Larsen, director of the Federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, "said the waivers would allow many consumers to keep the coverage they had, a goal often espoused by President Obama." He added, "Unfortunately, limited benefit plans, or mini-med plans, are often the only type of insurance offered to some workers." HHS granted waivers in order "to protect such coverage...he said."
Posted on 02/18/2011 10:00 AM by David Widmer