Law Helps Illinois Patients Denied Insurance Claims

CHICAGO (AP) __ Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to beef up
protections for consumers who want to appeal health insurance claim
The law, signed Friday, brings state law into line with consumer
protections required by the federal Affordable Care Act.
The new law also extends appeal rights to consumers whose
coverage has been rescinded and consumers who’ve been denied a
benefit due to a pre-existing health condition.
The measure was sponsored by Chicago Democrats Rep. Mary Flowers
and Sen. Heather Steans. It’s an initiative of the Illinois
Department of Insurance and is based on model adopted by the
National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Quinn says the measure increases the fairness of the process of
appealing a denial of a health insurance claim by turning it over
to an independent review organization.

Copyright Associated Press


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