2009-12-17 / Local & State

Pa. Company Will Cover Rejected Insurance Claims

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A health insurer accused of improperly rejecting claims for emergency room treatment has now agreed to pay those bills for more than 600 people.

Pennsylvania insurance officials and the attorney general announced a settlement Friday with HealthAmerica.

Attorney General Tom Corbett says HealthAmerica wrongly rejected 631 claims for emergency treatment between 2001 and 2007 by using higher standards than those outlined in its insurance plans.

The company will now reprocess those claims and pay out nearly $446,000.

HealthAmerica says in a statement that it received 1.7 million emergency claims in that period. The Harrisburg-based company admits no wrongdoing, but says it has adjusted its emergency claims payment guidelines.

Return to top