Conn. Trial Lawyers Say Medical Liability Insurer is Overcharging Doctors

November 9, 2007

The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association charged today that one of the state’s medical liability insurers has been charging doctors excessive premiums.

The lawyers association released a new actuarial analysis that it says shows that, for several years Connecticut Medical Insurance Company (CMIC) has been overcharging doctors millions of dollars. They argue that this has caused doctors’ overhead to soar and contributed to the growing cost of Connecticut health care.

The analysis, prepared by AIS Risk Consultants, a New Jersey independent actuarial firm, is based on the most recent financial reports filed by CMIC with state regulators, according to CTLA..

The analysis shows that from January 1, 2004 through June 2007, CMIC reported net income after taxes of $51.4 million. These profits were more than 40 percent of the net premium CMIC earned from the premiums charged doctors during that time period.

“It’s long past time for Connecticut doctors to put aside their distrust of trial lawyers and conduct their own review of CMIC’s excessive profits,” said Joseph Mirrione, CTLA President. “At least one company (ProMutual) has chosen to seek a reduction in the premiums it charges doctors. In marked contrast, CMIC’s refusal to lower its inflated rates has resulted in Connecticut physicians funding the excessive and growing profits of CMIC — from $7.6 million in 2004, to $10.9 million in 2005, and $24.5 million in 2006.”

“This behavior does nothing more than add to the already inflated overhead doctors must bear and needlessly drives up the cost of Connecticut health care,” Mirrione continued.

The analysis also outlines a decline in CMIC’s unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses (legal and claim adjustment expenses) which it says indicates that the reserves the company has established are inflated and were much more than sufficient to pay actual losses and expenses.

Source: Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

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