New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 3/24/2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPARTMENT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON
UNIVERA HEALTHCARE-CNY’S PROPOSED RATE INCREASES

             The New York State Insurance Department has scheduled a public hearing April 6th in Baldwinsville to consider an application for subscriber rate changes by Univera Healthcare-CNY, Inc.

            The hearing will be held:

April 6th in Baldwinsville
Baldwinsville Public Library
33 East Genesee Street
Conference Room 2
Baldwinsville, NY
10:30 am

COMMUNITY-RATED CONTRACTS AND RIDERS AFFECTED:
Commercial Group Drug Riders

WEIGHTED AVERAGE PERCENTAGE CHANGE REQUESTED:
15% in the Syracuse Region
15% in the Utica Region

MEMBERSHIP AFFECTED:

62,733 members in the Syracuse Region
8,283 members in the Utica Region

PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE: May 1, 2000

            Univera Healthcare-CNY submitted an application for a rate adjustment pursuant to Section 4308 (c), which requires the Superintendent of Insurance to make a determination as to whether the proposed rates should be approved as submitted, or if they should be modified or denied. Section 4308 (c) also requires that a public hearing be held to solicit comments from subscribers.

            As an aid to the public, the Plan is making available a summary of facts supporting its application available. 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: 8278 Willett Parkway, Baldwinsville, New York 13027 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 Deborah Greer at (518) 474-4567 at the Insurance Department’s Albany 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. 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 AFFECTED: Syracuse Region (all of Broome, Chemung, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, Onondaga, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins and portions of Cayuga, Madison and Steuben counties) and Utica Region (portions of Oswego, Herkimer and Madison counties)


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