ALBANY, 04/14/10 – In an effort to protect health care options in New York, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today proposed a state constitutional amendment that would permit New York residents to opt out of the federally mandated requirement to purchase health insurance.
ALBANY, 02/08/11 – Fraud Costs New York, a statewide coalition dedicated to curbing the rampant auto-insurance fraud that costs New Yorkers millions of dollars each year, today praised State Senator James Seward for introducing legislation that would reduce fraud, abuse and the associated costs in the New York no-fault system.
New Yorkers now pay the fourth highest premiums in the nation for auto insurance due in large part to an outdated system that is rife with fraud and abuse. In 2010, no-fault fraud cost New Yorkers more than $241 million, a cost absorbed by all drivers in the form of higher premiums.
ALBANY, 01/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance needs in the new senate session after being named chairman of the senate insurance committee.
“Finding quality, affordable health insurance is a constant struggle for families and businesses. As chairman of the senate insurance committee, I will help guide state policy and ensure more people have proper coverage,” Seward said. “Fighting fraud that drives up insurance costs for everyone, including the state, will also be a priority.”
Seward previously served as senate insurance committee chairman from 1999 through 2008.
Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino Senate Standing Committee on Banks Chair: Joseph A. Griffo (Chairperson) & Hugh T. Farley (Vice Chairperson) Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Chair: James L. Seward Public Hearing: To examine the impact of proposed agency consolidations on the affected agencies, delivery of services, the State workforce and citizens. Place: Room 711A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New York Time: 11:00 A.M. Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
ALBANY, 03/22/11 -- The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.1685) that would prevent insurance fraud by making it a felony to intentionally cause a vehicle collision. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.