ALBANY, 05/08/13 - The New York State Senate today passed legislation to crack down on auto insurance fraud which has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims and costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year in higher premiums when New Yorkers already pay some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.
The three bills approved today would significantly cut down on auto insurance scams by increasing penalties for those who commit or assist in the fraud and by giving more flexibility to insurance companies to prevent criminals from getting policies and continuing to commit auto fraud.
Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Banks Chair: Senator Joseph Griffo Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Chair: Senator Greg Ball Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Chair: Senator James Seward Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Developmentand Small Business Chair: Senator David Valesky Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Chair: Senator Martin Golden Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Chair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Public Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacks Place: The Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, New York Time: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Contact: Dwight Evans (518) 455-3334 Media Contact: Rayan Aguam (315) 793-9072 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
ALBANY, 12/09/13 – New York Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman James L. Seward today introduced legislation to preserve New York State’s Early Intervention Program and make certain that children with special needs receive the care they need.
The legislation (S.6002) requires the state to make prompt payment to early intervention providers and ensures that retroactive payments will be made to providers who have been waiting for reimbursement since a new state system went into effect on April 1.
ALBANY, 12/31/13 – New York Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman James L. Seward will hold a joint hearing on Monday, January 13th to hear testimony on the impact federal health care reform is having on insured individuals, families, and small businesses.
Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) said, “We waited to call this hearing until the deadlines for enrolling had passed so we would not be interfering with the work at hand. However, there are issues that need to be addressed and we cannot wait any longer.”
ALBANY, 01/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on a senate hearing regarding the implementation of the health insurance exchange (NY State of Health) as part of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“While New York has been doing a good job when compared with the federal exchange, a number of issues have been brought to my attention. Individuals, sole proprietors, and small business owners have seen their policies cancelled, costs to obtain new policies have skyrocketed for some, and application counselors have been unable to provide assistance in several cases.
Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Chair: Senator James L. Seward Public Hearing: New York State of Health: A Discussion on Implementation Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. Contact: Alison Cooper (518) 455-3131 Media Contact: Jeff Bishop (518) 455-3131 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY