New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 11/23/99

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DEPARTMENT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON
INDEPENDENT HEALTH ASSOCIATION’S – HUDSON VALLEY DIVISION
PROPOSED RATE INCREASES
       

           The New York State Insurance Department has scheduled a public hearing December 6th in White Plains to consider an application for subscriber rate changes by Independent Health Association – Hudson Valley Division.          

           The hearing will be held on the following date and time:


December 6 in White Plains
White Plains Public Library
100 Martime Avenue
White Plains, NY
10:30 AM

COMMUNITY-RATED CONTRACTS AND RIDERS AFFECTED:
          
a) Diret-Pay Contracts
           b) Large and Small Group Pharmacy Riders

WEIGHTED AVERAGE PERCENTAGE CHANGE REQUESTED:
           a) 39.7%
           b) 60%

MEMBERSHIP AFFECTED:
           a) 487 Direct-Pay Members
           b) 5,000 Pharmacy Subscribers

PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2000

           Health service organizations or HMOs are not permitted to change subscribed rates more than 10% without the prior approval of the Insurance Department.

           As an aid to the public, the Plan is making available a summary of facts supporting its application available to the public. 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 offices at: 200 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY and at the offices of the Insurance Department:

 

New York 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 any of the hearings may submit written statements for inclusion in the official record to the Public Affairs & Research Bureau at the Insurance Department’s New York City address.

COUNTIES AFFECTED: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester.


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