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New California law aims to expand telehealth coverage and payment

On October 13, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 744 (AB 744), marking the latest of many state legislative efforts to modernize health care by ensuring that telehealth services are paid and covered, similar to their face-to-face counterparts. Effective January 1, 2021, the statutory language added by AB 744 requires newly … Continue Reading

Join us for a webinar on the state of the California Consumer Privacy Act and what the latest amendments mean for you.

As part of our Countdown to CCPA Compliance webinar series, Reed Smith will be hosting an upcoming webinar, “Countdown to CCPA compliance: 3 months to go” on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET. This program will explore the outcomes stemming from the September 2019 amendments on the CCPA, as well as the AG’s … Continue Reading

New California ballot initiative would expand protections over health data

Californians may have a new privacy initiative on their November 2020 ballot after the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act of 2020 (CPREA) was proposed last week. If enacted, this new law would revise and expand upon the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) – which goes into effect in January – by, among other features, creating heightened standards around the use … Continue Reading

Key questions linger after recent amendments to California Consumer Privacy Act

Last week marked the end of legislative activity in the state of California for 2019, and with the impending California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA or the Act) going into effect on January 1, 2020, many businesses were waiting optimistically for some clarification on lingering questions. The California legislature did pass five bills amending the Act, … Continue Reading

Alameda Drug Disposal Ordinance: Supreme Court Denies Petition for Writ

The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the Alameda County Drug Disposal Ordinance (“Ordinance”) brought by three pharmaceutical trade organizations.  The Court’s decision leaves in force the Ninth Circuit decision, which found that the Ordinance, requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund drug take-back programs in the county, did not interfere with … Continue Reading

Drug Disposal Ordinance: Supreme Court Writ Filed

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) have jointly filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for review of the Ninth Circuit's decision in PhRMA v. County of Alameda, in which the court ruled that Alameda County's Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance - requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to establish or participate in a program for collecting unwanted prescription drugs from consumers - was constitutional.… Continue Reading

County Ordinances Place Responsibility for Collection of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals on Manufacturers

The Alameda County (CA) Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance (Alameda County Code Chapter 6.53, §§ 6.53.010-6.53.120) is one of several county-wide regulations across the United States to enforce the establishment of and/or participation in Product Stewardship Plans on the part of pharmaceutical manufacturers, with the ultimate goal of collecting unwanted drugs for purposes of disposal. The … Continue Reading

New California Amendment Aims to Increase Breach Responsibility and Accountability

A recently enacted law in California is designed to expand the scope of requirements for entities that own, license, and maintain data or information about a resident of the state. This amendment to the California Civil Code, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2015, was passed in the wake of several recent high-profile security breaches at such retailers as Target, Neiman Marcus, and The Home Depot.… Continue Reading

California AG’s Guidance on California Online Privacy Protection Act

The California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, has issued a long-awaited guide on how companies can comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). CalOPPA applies to all companies which collect personally identifiable information from California residents online, regardless of whether that information is collected via a commercial website or a mobile application. This … Continue Reading

California Awaits Supreme Court Decision About Whether Personal Injury Plaintiffs Can Recover The Face Amount Of Their Medical Bills, Or Only The Lesser Amount Negotiated By Their Health Insurer

The California Supreme Court soon will render its long-awaited decision in Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc., No. S179115 (review granted March 10, 2010) and declare whether personal injury plaintiffs can recover the full amount of their medical bills versus the lesser amount actually paid by insurers. The Howell decision has garnered national attention as has the potential to dramatically affect personal injury litigants, the insurance industry, large corporations, and consumers.… Continue Reading

California Health Care Update: New Laws Adopted in 2009 and Effective in 2010

This post was also written by Alison B. Riddell. Although California legislators devoted a significant amount of time and resources to addressing the state’s budget shortfall and the economic recession, the 2009 legislature debated and passed a surprising number of bills related to health care, many of which will become effective January 1, 2010. New … Continue Reading
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