La. Insurance Regulator's Emergency Powers Upheld

Law360, New York (February 28, 2013, 2:08 PM EST) -- A Louisiana state court has rejected a challenge from two health groups to the state insurance department's power to issue substantive emergency rules after natural disasters, ruling that the regulator acted within its powers to help Hurricane Isaac victims, officials said Thursday.

Judge Janice Clark granted the Louisiana Department of Insurance's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit claiming the regulator ran afoul of the state constitution by temporarily barring billing policyholders for balances not covered by insurers and temporarily mandating that in-network and out-of-network claims...
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