Cuomo Gets More Insurers to Pay Up, Sues Holdout

acuomoofficial.jpgSince getting Ingenix and UnitedHealth Group to pony up for an independent rate database so health insurance customers won't get fleeced on out-of-network costs, attorney general Andrew Cuomo has been shaking down the rest of the insurance industry. This month he's gotten more than half a million from MVP Health Care, and large sums from Independent Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York for the database. Now comes a prize catch: Cigna is signing on to the tune of $10 million. In related news, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, which had decided not to join the program, is getting a five-day notice of intent to sue from the AG's office for fraud and rate manipulation. That'll teach them to fuck with Andrew Cuomo!


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