Mental Health Parity

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Staff Reporters

According to Diana Manos, of Healthcare Finance NewsCongress just moved one step closer to passing legislation that would require companies that offer mental health coverage to offer benefits, co-payments and medical treatment limits equal to those for traditional healthcare coverage.


This sort of coverage has been ten years in the making, as the Senate approved a larger tax extender bill [HR. 6049] that includes mental health parity measures. The measure matched a similar bill passed by the House in March and lawmakers are calling for the bills to be made law before year’s end.


Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM), Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn) praised its broad bipartisan support.


Your thoughts and comments are appreciated. Can the country and/or private third party insurance companies afford this mental-health bill?

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What’s’ AIG, WM and LEH Got to Do with It?

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Medical Malpractice Liability … and More

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With sincere apologies to Tina Turner – and perhaps more than most doctors realize – AIG, LEH and WM may indeed have something to do with “it” – when it comes to medical malpractice insurance. That is, of course, if the “it” – is your liability carrier. Why?

According to David J. Reynolds of the Dow Jones Newswires on 9/25/08, the FPIC Insurance Group recently disclosed its investment holdings in some of the financial companies hit hardest by the financial meltdown on Wall Street and in our current economic turmoil.  

The Company

FPIC Insurance Group, Inc., through its subsidiary companies, is a leading provider of medical professional liability [MPL] insurance for physicians, dentists and other healthcare providers. Its largest subsidiary, First Professionals Insurance Company [FPIC], Inc., is the largest writer of MPL insurance in Florida and has served the market for more than 30 years. Licensed in 28 states, their insurance subsidiaries currently write business in 14 states.

SEC Filings

The medical liability insurance company reported, in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC], that it holds securities with an amortized cost of $4.1 million in Lehman Brothers (LEH), $2.1 million in American International Group (AIG), $2.5 million in Morgan Stanley (MS), $2.1 million in Washington Mutual (WM) and $300,000 in Fannie Mae (FNM).

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Total Assets

As of June 30, the Jacksonville, Fla., company said it had a total of $755.7 million in cash and investments.  

2007 Annual Report


So, if you think FPIC or possibly your own medical liability carrier has not been affected by the recent stock market slump – think again. AIG, WM and LEH may just have “something to do with it”, after all!

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