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January 2013 Archives

Court Finds United of Omaha Did Not Engage in Reasoned and Principled decision making

Another Federal Court has determined that a long term disability insurance company failed to engage in a reasoned and principled decision making process in the review and consideration of a claimant's benefits. In determining that United of Omaha failed its obligations under ERISA, a Federal judge denied a motion for summary judgment and remanded the claim to the insurer.

Court Finds CIGNA's Decision to Terminate Long Term Disability Claim was Arbitrary and Capricious

A Federal judge in Ohio has determined that CIGNA wrongfully terminated a long term disability insurance claim, where it failed to properly consider the occupational requirements for the claimant, and where it failed to account for the claimant's receipt of Social Security disability benefits.

Hartford Offers Flexible Disability Coverage

We have to hand it to Hartford - when it comes to disability insurance, they are really good at marketing products and its recently created Disability FLEX product is no exception. For employees, buying a long term disability insurance policy used to be a one-size-fits-all transaction. The employee benefits coordinator purchased the policy and employees got whatever the HR department thought they needed. Hartford is simply adapting to a workplace where wages are frozen, taxes are increasing and employees are less likely to want to give up any of their earnings for something as abstract as disability insurance.

SS Disability Backload Still Clogs Government System

An article in the Baltimore Sun reveals the human side of the massive backlog of Social Security disability cases that is stunning to even the most jaded reader. Almost 2,000 individuals who were attempting to get disability payments from the SSDI program were dismissed because the claimants died while waiting. The claims process takes years - and efforts to trim the backlogs have themselves been backlogged.

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