Governor David Paterson signed a law into effect that will add more consumer protections when health insurers discontinue a class of policies. The bill requires a written notice of discontinuations to all insured individuals covered by a group plan at least 90 days before the discontinuation date.
Insurers will have to notify affected policyholders of their options and they cannot discontinue a group plan to drop a lone high-cost policyholder from the plan.
Supporters call the measure Ian's Law, after Ian Pearl, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and requires 24-hour nursing care. Ian's insurer terminated the 24-hour coverage without providing a replacement policy that covered him for that treatment.