Insurance Fraud Law
Insurance Fraud Law - US
- ABA - Insurance Regulation Committee
Issues addressed within the committee include regulation of both life and health and property and casualty insurance entities at the state level, subject to Congressional oversight, for purposes of promoting the soundness and solvency of insurers. Protecting consumers, promoting the availability and affordability of essential insurance and assuring fair insurance trade practices are also examined.
- FBI -Insurance Fraud Overview
The insurance industry consists of more than 7,000 companies that collect over $1 trillion in premiums each year. The massive size of the industry contributes significantly to the cost of insurance fraud by providing more opportunities and bigger incentives for committing illegal activities.
- Fraud Prevention Model Act
This model helps state insurance regulators investigate and discover fraudulent insurance acts more effectively, halt fraudulent acts, and assist and receive assistance from state, local and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies in enforcing laws prohibiting fraudulent insurance acts.
- Insurance Fraud - Definition
Insurance fraud is any act committed with the intent to fraudulently obtain payment from an insurer. Insurance fraud has existed ever since the beginning of insurance as a commercial enterprise. Fraudulent claims account for a significant portion of all claims received by insurers, and cost billions of dollars annually. Types of insurance fraud are very diverse, and occur in all areas of insurance. Insurance crimes also range in severity, from slightly exaggerating claims to deliberately causing accidents or damage. Fraudulent activities also affect the lives of innocent people, both directly through accidental or purposeful injury or damage, and indirectly as these crimes cause insurance premiums to be higher. Insurance fraud poses a very significant problem, and governments and other organizations are making efforts to deter such activities.
- US Code - Health Care Fraud / Insurance Fraud
Whoever knowingly and willfully executes, or attempts to execute, a scheme or artifice - (1) to defraud any health care benefit program; or (2) to obtain, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, any of the money or property owned by, or under the custody or control of, any health care benefit program, in connection with the delivery of or payment for health care benefits, items, or services, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
State Insurance Fraud Bureau
Organizations Related to Insurance Fraud Law
- Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
Flash back to 1993. Spiraling insurance scams were driving everyone's premiums higher and higher. The nation was struggling with a mounting crime wave, looking for answers. Leaders of the anti-fraud fight realized America needed a catalyst to unite and ignite the power of many diverse groups against rampant fraud. Only a longterm commitment would work against such a deeply entrenched problem. The vision of these charter members became the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud — the nation's only anti-fraud watchdog that speaks for consumers, insurance companies, legislators, regulators and others.
- National Association of Insurance Commissioners
The mission of the NAIC is to assist state insurance regulators, individually and collectively, in serving the public interest and achieving the following fundamental insurance regulatory goals in a responsive, efficient and cost effective manner, consistent with the wishes of its members: Protect the public interest; Promote competitive markets; Facilitate the fair and equitable treatment of insurance consumers; Promote the reliability, solvency and financial solidity of insurance institutions; and Support and improve state regulation of insurance.
- National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)
The purpose of NCOIL is to help legislators make informed decisions on insurance issues that affect their constituents and to declare opposition to federal encroachment of state authority to oversee the business of insurance, as authorized under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945.
- National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association
Founded in 1985 by several private health insurers and federal and state government officials, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association is the leading national organization focused exclusively on the fight against health care fraud. We are a private-public partnership — our members comprise more than 100 private health insurers and those public-sector law enforcement and regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over health care fraud committed against both private payers and public programs.
- National Insurance Crime Bureau
The National Insurance Crime Bureau is a not-for-profit organization that receives support from approximately 1,000 property/casualty insurance companies. The NICB partners with insurers and law enforcement agencies to facilitate the identification, detection and prosecution of insurance criminals.
Publications Related to Insurance Fraud Law
- American General Life Companies - Fraud Prevention
American General has implemented wide-ranging anti-fraud prevention programs. We do so not only to protect our organization from insurance fraud, but also to protect you, our valued customer. Remember, not only could you become a direct victim of insurance fraud, unchecked insurance fraud also results in higher costs to insurers that may be passed along to customers in the form of higher premiums.
- Consumer Action Handbook - Beware of Insurance Fraud
To avoid insurance fraud: * When shopping for insurance on the Internet, check that the website is secure. Look for the lock icon, a URL that begins "https:" and never provide personal information if you don't trust the site. * Be wary of people selling insurance door-to-door and over the telephone. * Be suspicious if, after an accident, a stranger contacts you to offer “quick cash” or recommends a particular attorney or health care provider. Report the incident to your police department. * Don’t give your insurance identification numbers to companies you don’t know. * Carry a disposable camera in your glove compartment. If you are in an accident, take pictures of the damage and the people involved. Ask for names, telephone numbers and driver’s license information for all those involved. Getting contact information for any witnesses is also a good idea.
Articles on HG.org Related to Insurance Fraud Law
- 10 Bad Faith Insurance Claim PracticesLearn about some common bad faith insurance claim practices. If you are dealing with a denied claim after unfair practice, get legal help from a Denver attorney.
- Life Insurance Claims in North CarolinaThis Article addresses life insurance claims in North Carolina, and some issues that frequently arise in these claims, including whether the death is accidental, and whether the insured made a misrepresentation in the policy application. Life insurance claims in North Carolina are governed by the policy itself, state statutes, and sometimes federal ERISA laws.
- Arizona Upholds $54 Million Reduction of Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith CaseThe Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court's reduction of a $55 million punitive damages award to only $620,000 and further reduced the punitive damages to $155,000-a 1:1 ratio to compensatory damages.
- Forced Flood InsuranceOver the last several years, a number of large banks have been forcing homeowners to purchase excessive and in some cases unnecessary flood insurance policies at overpriced premiums. If you have been forced or pressured into buying one of these costly policies you may be able to recover your losses.
- How to Know if Your Insurance Company is Cutting You ShortWhen you suffer significant damage and need to file a claim, you are left looking toward your insurance company for help. Most people do not know which way to turn after significant damage and put all their hope in their particular insurance policy.
- Suspect Investment Fraud?Unfortunately, many investors are taken advantage of by unscrupulous brokerage firms and financial advisors every day.
- Examinations Under Oath in North CarolinaThis Article examines the procedure in the handling of an insurance claim referred to as an "Examination Under Oath." It addresses the Insurer's right to conduct this process, the Insured's duty to cooperate, the effect of the failure of the Insured to submit to the Examination, and the general nature of an Examination Under Oath in North Carolina.
- Long-Term Care Insurance - Be Careful of Unscrupulous Agents and Policies Targeting Senior CitizensProtecting Yourself from Unscrupulous Long Term Care Insurance Practices and Policies - Unscrupulous agents target seniors for improper long-term care. Be careful of long-term facilities that do not meet your needs or are misrepresented.
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- Scenarios in Multiple Car Accident and Insurance IssuesIf you’ve been involved in multiple car accidents, you should know by now that insurance issues can be quite a hassle.
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