Governor Cuomo Reminds New Yorkers They Are Not Responsible for Paying PPE Charges from In-Network Health Care Providers
Health and Dental Insurers Must Ensure Consumers Are Not Charged PPE Fees by In-Network Providers
New Yorkers Wrongfully Charged for PPE by In-Network Providers Are Eligible for Refund
To date, Department of Financial Services Has Secured More Than $400K in Restitution
New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded insured New Yorkers that they should not be charged for Personal Protective Equipment by in-network healthcare providers under their state-regulated health and dental insurance coverage. Pursuant to State Department of Financial Services guidance, insurers are required to make sure that consumers are not charged PPE-related fees by in-network providers. New Yorkers who have been wrongfully charged are eligible for refund from their insurer. To date, the Department has recovered a total of $414,727 of PPE-related charges for more than 14,000 consumers since the start of the pandemic.
“While we continue to fight the war on COVID, PPE remains a critical tool to keeping the infection rate down and keeping New Yorkers safe until we reach herd immunity,” Governor Cuomo said. “COVID-19 has dealt a financial blow to far too many New Yorkers, and they should never be responsible for the cost of critical PPE in the middle of a pandemic, especially when seeing their regular health care providers.