Missouri issues more than $1 million in health insurance fines

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 7:29 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri insurance department says it has issued more than $1 million in fines in a crackdown on bogus health insurance plans.

The insurance department says it issued cease-and-desist orders to 14 companies and individuals who allegedly defrauded consumers by selling plans that appeared to include comprehensive medical insurance, but actually did not.

The agency says at least 150 Missouri customers paid for the health plans.

Insurance Director John Huff says many of the plans were marketed through faxes using phrases such as "group health plans" or making promises to "control your health care costs." But consumers found that the coverage was less than what they were led to believe, or had difficulty reaching anyone to cancel their contracts.


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