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April 21, 2009

Colorado: Good Day for Insurance Consumers - SB 61 Dies on Third Reading

NAMIC applauds the Colorado House of Representatives for seeing past all the political rhetoric of the chiropractors and focusing on the clear fact that SB 61 would have been an unnecessary cost-driver adversely impacting insurance rates for consumers. The bill died in the House on a 34-31 vote.

SB 61 was a bill requiring Colorado licensed doctors to be involved in all property/casualty insurance policy medical benefits claims denials and insurance coverage determinations. This bill was of major concern to the insurance industry this session because it would have required a fundamental departure from the current and time-tested claims adjusting process of using trained adjusters and nurses for preliminary claims evaluations that don’t require the expertise of a doctor.

NAMIC, in conjunction with members of the insurance industry, vigorously opposed this bill as “special-interest legislation gone wild.”

Several action alerts were sent to NAMIC member companies writing in Colorado to encourage their employees, insurance producers, and policyholders to contact members of the House Health and Human Services Committee and then the entire House of Representatives. The insurance industry would not have prevailed in this hard-fought battle if NAMIC’s member companies had not contacted key legislators to explain how SB 61 was unreasonable, unworkable, and entirely impractical.

In the end, state legislators heard the message and stood strong in their conviction to protect insurance consumers from efforts by the chiropractors to increase their earnings at the expense of insurance consumers.

Direct questions to NAMIC State Affairs Manager Christian Rataj.

Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2:55:29 PM.

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