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Texas Shuts Down Two Health Plans

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NU Online News Service, May 20, 11:05 a.m. – The Texas Department of Insurance is trying to shut down what it says are two unlicensed health plans.

One plan, the National Guild of Medical Professionals Health and Welfare Benefit Trust Plan, Austin, Texas, had 700 members and owes more than $4 million in unpaid claims, the Texas department says.

A second plan, created by some of the same parties, the Solidarity Health Plan, has 500 members and was also ordered shut down, the Texas department says.

The Texas department says Don Canada, a licensed insurance agent, executive director of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, Austin, and president of Professional Benefit Managers Inc., Austin, ran both health plans.

Medical professionals who wanted to join the plans also had to join the Office and Professional Employees International Union or an affiliated guild, the Texas department says.

Canada was not immediately available for comment.