New York State
Insurance Department

INDEPENDENT HEALTH RATE HEARING


New York, November 12, 1997 

The New York State Insurance Department has called for a public hearing to consider an application for a subscriber rate change by the following health insurance provider: 

PLAN:          Independent Health - Western New York 

ADDRESS:    777 International Drive
Williamsville, New York 14221

TYPE OF ORGANIZATION:  Article 44 HMO 

LICENSURE:  Article 44 Public Health Law 

PLACE OF HEARING: Independent Health
777 International Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221

DATE:  November 25, 1997  

TIME:  11:30 am 

COMMUNITY-RATED CONTRACTS AND RIDERS AFFECTED:
Pharmacy riders 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE PERCENTAGE CHANGE REQUESTED:  32.5% 

PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE:  January 1, 1998 

LAST RATE CHANGE:  July 1, 1997 

An Article 44 Health Maintenance Organization may not change subscriber rates more than + 10% in any 12 month period without the prior approval of the Insurance Department. 

As an aid to the public, and at the suggestion of the Insurance Department, the Plan is making available to the public a summary of facts supporting its application. A copy may be obtained from the Plan's office or from the Insurance Department. 

A copy of the complete subscriber rate increase application may be examined at the Plan's office at 777 International Drive, Williamsville, New York 14221 or at the offices of the Insurance Department: 

New York City Office     Buffalo Office     Albany Office
Financial Conditions
Property Bureau
25 Beaver Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(By Appointment Only)
212-480-5215 
Walter Mahoney Office Building
65 Court Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(By Appointment Only)
716-847-7618
Agency Building One
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12257
(By Appointment Only)
518-474-4567

Those wishing to speak at the hearing should notify Marie Filipiak at (716)-847-7618 at the Insurance Department's Buffalo Office. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Insurance Department will provide a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, a qualified reader, etc., at no charge to any covered individual wishing to attend or testify at the hearing when such a request is made at least 7 days before the hearing. 

Those unable to attend the hearing may submit written statements for inclusion in the official record within ten days of the hearing date to the Office of Public Affairs at the Insurance Department's New York City Office. 

A table listing the requested rate change is available upon request.

COUNTIES SERVICED:  Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming. 

MEMBERSHIP AFFECTED:  410,000


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