Thursday, August 6, 2009


New York Gov. David Paterson announced that $13.6 million was recovered from insurance companies between April 1 and June 30, 2009, for almost 3,000 consumers and health care providers who filed complaints with the New York State Insurance Department. This is up from $8.5 million recovered in the first quarter of 2009, for a total of $22 million for the first half of the year.

“With so many affected by the economic downturn, we will continue to work to make sure New Yorkers get full value for their insurance dollars,” said Gov. Paterson. “Insurance is a promise to protect us at our most vulnerable, and New Yorkers can rely on us to protect them if insurance companies do not keep their promises.”

Acting Insurance Superintendent Kermitt Brooks added, “Governor Paterson’s commitment to consumers is one shared by the Insurance Department and we will continue to work to make sure they are treated fairly. If you have a problem with an insurance company, let us know. In these difficult times, every New Yorker should know they have some place to turn for insurance help.”

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