By Steve Heldon
A company offering health insurance has been accused of selling policies to more than 2,000 Michiganders without proper licensing and failing to make timely payments on claims.
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services said on Monday it issued a cease and desist order to Salvasen Health, a Houston-based company, saying it acted in violation of Michigan’s insurance code.
State officials are also urging consumers with concerns and complaints to report them.
Salvasen Health’s website advertises several health insurance plans but does not contain a disclaimer stating that it is not licensed to issue plans in Michigan, the insurance department said. the state.
The company was established in 2021 as a limited liability company in Texas, and the Texas Insurance Commissioner also took action against Salvasen Health for selling unlicensed policies earlier this year.
The Texas Department of Insurance has ordered Salvasen Health and its owner and CEO, Barry Jay Glenn, to stop selling unauthorized health insurance and begin an orderly shutdown, Texas officials say.
Besides Texas, other states, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada and Massachusetts, have received complaints against Salvasen, according to government statements and news reports.
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Under the Michigan order, Salvasen Health has 30 days to challenge the order by requesting a hearing into the allegations. Michigan officials said civil penalties and restitution to those affected by the insurer may also be required.
Consumers can report concerns to the Department of Insurance by calling 877-999-6442 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at the state Department of Insurance’s website.
Consumers who need health coverage for 2022 may be eligible for a special enrollment period through the Health Insurance Marketplace if they have experienced certain qualifying life events, such as loss of health care sponsored by the employer.
Contact Frank Witsil: 313-222-5022 or [email protected]
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Source: healthy duck.