New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 11/5/99 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NEW YORK STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT TO HOLD THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON MVP HEALTH PLAN’S PROPOSED RATE INCREASES

       The New York State Insurance Department has scheduled public hearings in Schenectady, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie to consider an application for subscriber rate changes by MVP Health Plan and MVP Health Service Corporation. MVP’s headquarters are located at 111 Liberty Street in Schenectady.

       The hearings will be held on the following dates and times:

Nov. 18 in Schenectady
Schenectady Public Library
Liberty Street
Schenectady, NY
Time: 2:00 PM
Nov. 19 in Newburgh
NYS Dept. of Labor
The Maple Bldg.
3 Washington Center
Newburgh, NY
Time: 10:00 AM
Nov. 19 in Poughkeepsie
Mid-Hudson Library
Auditorium
105 Market Street
Poughkeespie, NY
Time: 1:00 PM

 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE PERCENTAGE CHANGE REQUESTED:

Central Region:
MVP Health Plan Commercial Article 44 HMO: 18.3%
MVP Health Plan CompCare (Individual Direct Pay): 76.6%
MVP Health Service Corp. Article 43 Comprehensive Medical 11.1%

East Region:
MVP Health Plan Commercial Article 44 HMO: 17.5%
MVP Health Plan CompCare (Individual Direct Pay): 77.1%
MVP Health Service Corp. Article 43 Comprehensive Medical: 11.1%

Mid-Hudson Region:
MVP Health Plan Commercial Article 44 HMO: 10.3%
MVP Health Plan CompCare (Individual Direct Pay): 69.2%
MVP Health Service Corp. Article 43 Comprehensive Medical 11.1%

Orange/Putnam Region:
MVP Health Plan Commercial Article 44 HMO 22.7%
MVP Health Plan CompCare (Individual Direct Pay ) 104.7%
MVP Health Service Corp. Article 43 Comprehensive Medical 11.1%

       The company’s proposal involves combining Orange and Putnam counties with the Mid-Hudson rate region.

MEMBERSHIP AFFECTED: 241,000

PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2000

       Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) can not raise or lower subscriber rates more than 10% without the prior approval of the Insurance Department.

       A summary of facts supporting the company’s application may be obtained from the company’s headquarters at 111 Liberty Street, Schenectady, NY 12257 (800) 777-4793 X 2352 or from the Insurance Department. The complete subscriber rate increase application may be examined at the company’s office or at the offices of the Insurance Department:

        New York City Office
Health Bureau
25 Beaver Street,  2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004
(By Appointment Only)
(212) 480-5242
Albany Office
Agency Building One
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12257
(By Appointment Only)
(518) 474-4567

       Those wishing to speak at the hearing should notify Ellen Wenz at (212) 480-5262 at the Insurance Department’s New York City Office.

       Those unable to attend the hearing may submit written statements for inclusion in the official record within 10 days of the hearing date to the Public Affairs & Research Bureau at the Insurance Department’s New York City Office. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 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 seven days before the hearing.

COUNTIES SERVICED:
Central Region:
Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Tioga and Ulster
East Region: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington
Mid-Hudson Region: Dutchess, Orange and Putnam


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