New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 4/26/2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPARTMENT LEVIES OVER $212,000 IN PROMPT PAY VIOLATIONS
21 Health Insurers and HMOs Fined for Failing To Process Claims On Time

        Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio announced that the Department has levied $212,300 in fines against 21 health insurers and HMOs for failing to process their claims on time. The violations represent the eighth round of fines since the Prompt Pay Law went into effect in January 1998.

        "The Prompt Pay Law was enacted to ensure that health insurance claims are paid in a timely manner," Serio said. "During 2003, the Department received 13,577 prompt pay complaints, a 31% decrease from the complaints registered in 1998 an indication that this Law has been effective. The Department remains committed to the enforcement of this law to ensure health insurance consumers are protected."

        The Prompt Pay Law requires health insurers and HMOs to pay undisputed health insurance claims within 45 days of receipt – ensuring the timely payment of claims. Since the effective date of the law, this Department has levied more than $5.6 million against insurers and HMOs for prompt pay violations.

        The fines levied today cover complaints closed from January 2003 through September 30, 2003. The fines by company are as follows:

Company

Fine

Aetna Health, Inc.
Affinity Health Plan
Americhoice of New York, Inc.
CarePlus LLC
CIGNA
Community Choice Health Plan
Excellus Health Plan
NYS Catholic Health Plan
    d/b/a Fidelis Cares New York
Group Health Inc.
GHI HMO Select, Inc.
HealthFirst PHSP, Inc.
HealthNet of New York
HealthNow New York
HIP
Horizon Healthcare
Hudson Health Plan
Independent Health Assoc.
MDNY Healthcare
Oxford Health Plans
United Healthcare
Wellcare of New York

$11,500
$1,000
2,300
$ 3,800
$12,900
$3,400
$3,800

$1,200
$24,200
$1,300
$4,100
$14,300
$1,000
$28,500
$3,600
$1,200
$400
$9,600
$66,000
$14,800
$3,400

 

Total

$212,300

        Consumers and providers with prompt payment complaints can call the Department’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-358-9260.


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