The New York attorney general’s office has announced an intervention in the insurance industry for the second day in a row.
Officials in the office say they have persuaded Oxford Health Plans, a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., to enroll members’ adopted children in the members’ health plans as soon as the children become dependents, regardless of whether the children live in the United States.
“New York law is clear,” New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says in a statement. “Health plans cannot discriminate between adopted and biological children and must allow enrollment when the child becomes a dependent of the plan member.”
Spitzer, who is running for governor in New York, announced Thursday that he had filed a suit in connection with allegations of bid-rigging in the life settlement market.
Oxford has cooperated with the adoption coverage inquiry and has agreed to remedy any previously mistaken enrollment procedures, officials say.