HHS GRANTS ACA RELIEF TO THE TERRITORIES

July 18, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has decided, based on the definition of “state” in title I of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, that the following provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not apply to individual or group health insurers in the U.S. territories: guaranteed availability, community rating, single risk pool, rate review, medical loss ratio, and essential health benefits.  Letters were sent to insurance commissioners in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. Read the rest of this entry »


Plaintiff’s Case Falls Short Due To Puerto Rico’s Anti-Ferret Rule

March 1, 2011

While Sajo, Garcia & Partners (SGP) maintained that it fired Erick Carreras (Carreras) for poor performance and insubordination, Carreras believed he was fired because of discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  After the district court determined that Carreras failed to comply with Puerto Rico’s anti-ferret rule, Carreras argued on appeal that the lower court improperly invoked Puerto Rico’s so-called anti-ferret rule, and erred when it rejected his claims under the ADA and various Puerto Rico anti-discrimination laws.  Read the rest of this entry »