The New York State Insurance Department has levied fines totaling $310,300 against 21 health insurers and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) for violations of New York’s Prompt Pay Law.
The violations and subsequent fines stemmed from complaint files that were closed by the department between Oct.1, 2005 and March 31, 2006, according to Superintendent of Insurance Howard Mills.
New York’s Prompt Pay Law requires health insurers and HMOs to pay undisputed health insurance claims within 45 days of receipt, ensuring timely payment. Since1997, the department says it has levied nearly $6.8 million in fines against health insurers and HMOs for violations.
According to Mills, by agreeing to pay the fines, the companies are acknowledging that they failed to pay certain claims within the state-mandated timeframe. Health insurers and HMOs are also required to pay interest on undisputed claims in which payments were delayed.
“New York’s Prompt Pay Law has been extremely effective in ensuring that consumers and healthcare providers are paid in a timely fashion and remains an excellent deterrent against entities slow to pay undisputed claims,” Mills stated.
The fines, by company, are:
GHI HMO Select
Group Health, Inc.
HealthNow (includes Community Blue)
Source: New York State Insurance Department’s
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