Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'insurance department'

NY Department of Financial Services Produces Report on Cyber-Security in the Insurance Industry

Although probably not planned that way, the February 8 release of a report on cyber-security by the New York Department of Financial Services could not be better timed to the recent Anthem breach. Here is a snippet from the Department's...

Former Insurance Superintendent James Wrynn Joining Goldberg Segalla

From the Department of Financial Services press release February 10th: Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, today announced that James J. Wrynn, Deputy Superintendent of Financial Services, is leaving state service to accept a position with Goldberg Segalla...

Insurance Department Releases 2010 Managed Care Guide

Last week the NY Insurance Department released its annual Managed Care Guide for 2010. Download it in .pdf format from the Insurance Department's website....

Insurance Department Fines HealthNew $1.9 Million

On the Insurance Department's website today: Two Health Net companies paid a $1.9 million fine to settle allegations including not providing consumers with the required information on their “explanation of benefit” forms and not paying certain claims on time, New...

Late-Night TV Health Insurance Seller Fined $500K

Appearing today on the Insurance Department's website: Cinergy Health Inc., a Florida-based insurance agent that advertised low cost health insurance plans on late night television, the Internet and through telemarketers, has been fined $500,000 for violations including misleading consumers into...

NY Insurance Department Issues $716K in Prompt Pay Fines

As reported in the Albany Business Review August 24: Twenty health insurers and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) have been fined a total of $716,800 for not making timely payments on undisputed insurance claims. Find out which plans were fined by...

Insurance Department's 2010 Consumer Guide to Health Insurers Hits the Street

The New York State Insurance Department has released its 2010 Consumer Guide to Health Insurers. Here's a snippet from the Department's press release August 25, 2010: According to data contained in the guide, consumers seeking to reverse health plans' denials...

Managed Health, Inc. Fined One Million Dollars

From the New York State Insurance Department's website April 29: Managed Health, Inc. (MHI), a health maintenance organization (HMO), and the New York State Insurance Department have agreed to a settlement, including a fine of $1 million, for infractions relating...

Insurance Department Proposes "Discretionary Clauses" Regulation

The State Insurance Department has posted a regulation concerning "discretionary clauses" in health insurance contracts: Federal courts have interpreted discretionary clauses under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), codified as Chapter 18 of Title 29 of the United States...

Aetna Fined $750,000 for HealthyNY Violations

Posted yesterday online at the Hartford Courant: Aetna Health Inc. paid a $750,000 fine as part of a settlement with the New York Insurance Department related to the company administering an affordable healthcare plan for the state. Aetna is the...

Insurance Department's 2008 Annual Report

Here's a catchup post, the New York Insurance Department delivered it's 150th annual report to the legislature May 15, 2009. According to the report, the Insurance Department is believed to be the oldest state regulatory agency in the United States....

Same-Sex Partner Benefits

The Superintendent of Insurance has reversed its position on whether an employer who participates in an insured group health plan must treat same-sex couples who are married in other states the same as other married couples. In a new Department...

2008 New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurers

The Insurance Department has posted the 2008 New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurers. See it here....

Joint Hearing on Out-of-Network Insurance Coverage

The Insurance Department and Department of Health will hold a joint hearing on out-of-network insurance coverage on October 7, 2008 in Albany. In response to complaints from consumers who did everything they could to use in-network doctors, but nonetheless received...

CDPHP Fined $600,000

Hard on the heels of HealthNow's million dollar fine, the State Insurance Department has fined CDPHP $600,000, reported in today's Albany Times Union: Capital District Physicians' Health Plan has been fined $600,000 by the state for not telling members they...

HealthNow Zapped With $1 Million Fine

A fine by the State Insurance Department against HealthNow of Buffalo has drawn quite a bit of attention around the state: The single complaint of an Ithaca woman denied insurance coverage for infertility treatments has led to a more than...

Insurance Department Delays Malpractice Premium Update

The Business Review in Albany covers the delay of the excess medical malpractice insurance premiums for '08-'09: The New York State Insurance Department has postponed the setting of new medical malpractice insurance rates, originally scheduled for July 1. Superintendent of...

2007 Healthy NY Annual Report

The Annual Report for Healthy NY, prepared for the New York State Insurance Department, is now up on the Department's website and available here....

Insurance Department Restyles Website

Check out the new look at the Insurance Department's website....

Opposite-sex Domestic Partners May be Treated Differently From Same-sex Domestic Partners in Insurance Offerings

So says the Insurance Department's General Counsel: There is nothing in the Insurance Law or the regulations promulgated thereunder that mandate [sic] that an insurer provide domestic partner coverage at all. In addition, nothing in the Insurance Law or the...

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