NY Attorney General Spitzer Fines Disability Claim Insurer UnumProvidentMonday, November 6, 2006
Need another reason to vote for Eliot Spitzer for New York Governor tomorrow? This guy just keeps on working for the little guy (including one of my corporate executive clients receiving over $400,000 per year in disability payments from UnumProvident) and fighting greedy insurance companies right up to his presumptive landslide win on Election Day. This wasn’t about getting votes (he doesn’t need any more at this point) – it was about doing the right thing for disabled workers.
Late last week, Unum agreed to $15.5 million dollars in restitution to over charged policyholders and a $1.7 million dollar civil penalty. This settlement with UnumProvident, the nation’s beleaguered yet largest long term disability claim insurer, comes on the heels of Spitzer’s prior settlement with UnumProvident requiring them to re-access tens of thousands of previous unfair long term disability claim denials. Give Eliot Spitzer credit and your vote tommorrow – to date, he has done more to protect injured and disabled than any past NY Attorney General of recent memory. Now let’s hope he protects New York workers’ compensation claimants just as well in his new role as Governor!