New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that he issued new subpoenas to Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint and other health insurers in a broadening investigation of possible fraud costing consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Cuomo is also looking to subpoena testimony from the CEOs of those companies as well as executives of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the combined Group Health and HIP Health Plan of New York. The CEOs are responsible for their corporations and these actions had a significant impact on families all across the state, Cuomo told the Associated Press.
Cuomo is seeking all e-mail correspondence involving the companies CEOs, chief operating officers, chief fiscal officers, presidents and employees supervising claims. He also wants any records that might question the accuracy of reimbursements that he says are too low.
Cuomo believes the companies used the UnitedHealth Group-owned firm Ingenix to set rates, which resulted in reimbursements at unfair and unjustified low rates. Low reimbursements mean higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers when they choose or need physicians outside their health plans. Ingenix is a wholly owned subsidiary of the industry and the company is determining the rates that the insurance companies use to reimburse consumers, Cuomo said.
We've been in discussions with him all along and continue to cooperate with the attorney general, said Joan Schimml of Ingenix. -- by the Associated Press