The national trade association for health insurers is denouncing the New York attorney generals investigation into insurers practices over alleged unfair reimbursement for out-of-network medical expenses as disturbing.
On Thursday, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he is widening his probe of major insurers, including Aetna, Cigna Corp., Empire Blue and Cross Blue Shield, a WellPoint subsidiary, and UnitedHealth Group. Cuomo has issued 20 new subpoenas, seeking depositions from the insurers chief executive officers, e-mail correspondence of top corporate officers and documents related to alleged consumer fraud.
Attacking an industry with innuendo and intimidation is a page out of the trial lawyers discredited playbook, Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of Americas Health Insurance Plans, said in a written statement.
Last month, Cuomo went public with his six-month investigation, and said he may sue Ingenix, a UnitedHealth subsidiary and major billing information service. He has not yet filed suit and a spokesman for his office said discussions with the company are ongoing. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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