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April 2014 Archives

STANDARD INSURANCE BLAMES PPACA FOR LOWERED SALES

If you have a disability insurance policy with Standard Insurance, don't expect too much from your claims representative in the way of kindness or understanding. Simply put, times are tough at this massive insurance company. At a recent shareholder's meeting, a chief official said that requests for proposals for disability benefits are down because companies that would normally be shopping around for disability insurance policies are still distracted by trying to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). If you believe that, we have a bridge in Brooklyn that you might want to buy.

Court Awards Judgment to Long Term Disability Claimant Against CIGNA

A Federal Judge in Nevada has granted judgment to a Long Term Disability insurance claimant in her claim against CIGNA/LINA, following a bench trial. The court ruled for the claimant, notwithstanding its finding of fact that CIGNA administered the determination of eligibility in an appropriate manner. Instead, the court determined that CIGNA did not properly terminate the claim for benefits under the any occupation definition of disability.

Liberty Life Found to Have Abused Its Discretion in ERISA Disability Claim

A Federal Judge in Pennsylvania has reversed a decision by Liberty Life to deny benefits to an ERISA disability insurance claimant, whose claim for benefits was not paid. The Court reached its determination that Liberty Life abused its discretion after evaluating a myriad of factors regarding its claim handling, and found that each of these factors when considered together, compelled a result supporting impairment and the payment of benefits for the claimants Own Occupation benefits.

Federal Court Finds Aetna Abused Its Discretion in Terminating Long Term Disability Insurance Claim

A Federal judge in West Virginia has overturned Aetna's termination of a long term disability insurance claim for a claimant who had been paid his disability benefits for several years. The Court determined that the claim for disability benefits should be paid, with interest on the benefit arrears, and that Aetna must continue to pay the claim until such time as the claimant recovers or is no longer entitled to disability insurance benefits under the policy.

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