Blumenthal not through with insurance industry

John O'Brien Jan. 18, 2007, 4:31pm


HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, known for his activity in litigation against insurance companies, said Wednesday that his office has received several reports of insurance companies denying coverage.

The reports received say coverage was denied based on "questionable conclusions that patients' medical conditions pre-existed their insurance policies," a release says.

Blumenthal is urging the Department of Insurance to finalize and release an audit that he requested that involves Assurant Health Insurance.

"Compromising coverage of catastrophic illnesses is unconscionable and unacceptable," said Blumenthal, who requested the audit four months ago. "The Insurance Department cannot delay this audit any longer -- now more than four months old. Its results are vital to coverage for life-saving medical treatment."

According to a report in the Hartford Courant, only 16 of 111 complaints were deemed justified by the Connecticut Insurance Department so far.

In the past, Blumenthal has taken on all kinds of providers, including medical malpractice insurance providers, and has had a part in several multi-million-dollar settlements.

In a couple of settlements last year, Zurich American Insurance Co. was required to pay $92 million to 16 attorneys general. Blumenthal's office took in $13 million for court costs, as the company admitted to no wrongdoing amidst allegations of bid-rigging.

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