47 State Attorneys General Ask Congress Not to Preempt State Data Breach Laws

In a letter to Congress, dated July 7, 2015, the majority of State Attorneys General made some noteworthy points that illustrate the differing perspectives on data breaches between states and the federal government. With Congressional passage of a federal law establishing a national data security and breach notification standard all but inevitable, 47 Attorneys General […]

New York Proposes Overhaul of Its Data Breach Statute and a New Data Security Standard in the Wake of Recent Cyber Attacks

The largest data security breaches ever reported have occurred in the last several years. The organizations whose data security systems were compromised in connection with these massive breaches include Anthem, Ebay, Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, Adobe and now the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management. Not only is the scope of these breaches […]

New York State Attorney General Cracks Down on Mental Health Parity Violations

This year, the New York State Attorney General reached settlements with three health insurance companies for claimed violations of Timothy’s Law.  EmblemHealth (“Emblem”) recently agreed to pay $1.2 million in civil penalties, take remedial action, and participate in restitution which may exceed $31 million.  MVP and Cigna each faced penalties earlier this year.  Timothy’s Law, […]

New York Attorney General Settles Balance Billing and Overpayment Disputes

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Tuesday that it had reached settlements with Group Health Inc. (“GHI”) and a New York City health care provider regarding overpayments to consumers. GHI has agreed to repay consumers for approximately three years of overbilling.  GHI purportedly charged its assureds out-of-network rates for certain medical providers, […]

Hospital Settles Data Breach Allegations with Massachusetts Attorney General

Late last month, the Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley, announced that her office had reached a settlement with South Shore Hospital regarding  alleged violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) stemming from a data breach reported to both her office and the Office of Civil Rights of […]

AG’s Leadership Committee on Nonprofit Revitalization Proposes Less Bureaucracy and More Transparency for NY Nonprofits

On February 16, 2012, the New York Attorney General’s Office released the recommendations of the Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization.  The report recommended numerous regulatory changes.  In an effort to make New York a more hospitable environment for nonprofits, the proposals seek to lift the archaic administrative and financial burdens placed on these organizations while […]