Jennifer Danish Appointed to ABA TIPS Health And Disability Insurance Law Committee

Apr 25, 2018 | News |

Roy Alan Cohen, The Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Section 2018-2019 Chair, appointed Jennifer Danish to serve as a Immediate Past Chair of the Health and Disability Insurance Law General Committee for 2018-2019 on April 25, 2018. Jennifer has served as the Chair of the Committee 2017-2018 and has accepted the appointment. She is honored to serve the American Bar Association’s The Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Section in the coming year.

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How Are Long-Term Disability Benefits Affected By Supplemental Income?

Apr 23, 2018 | Blog |

As a long-term disability (LTD) insurance policyholder, you may find yourself in a particularly vulnerable position.  Despite the fact that you have been rendered disabled, your insurer may delay, undervalue, or deny your legitimate claim for long term disability benefits.  Insurers are always on the lookout for opportunities to minimize their various liabilities.  If you are receiving supplemental income, your insurer may see it as an opportunity to avoid having to pay out benefits. Fortunately, in most cases, you are entitled to received LTD benefits even if you are receiving supplemental income from various sources.  You may even be entitled […]

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5 Issues to Watch Out for in Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Plans

Apr 16, 2018 | Blog |

If your short-term term or long-term disability insurance plan includes any potential vulnerabilities, that’s okay — you are not without options.  Illinois law requires that ambiguous provisions be interpreted in favor of the policyholder, so any particularly confusing or unclear provisions may not necessarily follow the insurer’s desired interpretation.  Further, even if you are subject to a challenging restriction (i.e., “any occupation” limitations), with the aid of a skilled attorney, you may be able to gather the evidence necessary to prove that you satisfy the requisite conditions. Potential Vulnerabilities in Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance Plans Curious about the weaknesses […]

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What are the Advantages of Private Disability Insurance vs. Social Security Disability Income?

Mar 30, 2018 | Blog |

Many disability insurance policyholders do not fully understand the structure of their insurance policy and the various advantages afforded by such coverage (in comparison to the default Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits they might otherwise be compelled to qualify for).  Private disability insurance may be obtained through an individual insurance plan, or through a group plan (i.e., an employer-sponsored plan), and as a general rule, there is enormous variety in how private disability insurance coverage is implemented.  As such, it may not always be obvious to a policyholder how private disability insurance coverage is “better” than SSDI coverage. Let’s […]

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Business Overhead Expense Insurance — Wrongful Denial of Your Claims

Mar 23, 2018 | Blog |

Business overhead expense (BOE) disability insurance — otherwise known as business expense insurance — serves as replacement “resources” in the event that the policyholder is disabled and is rendered incapable of working, thus resulting in diminished revenues.  BOE insurance is generally purchased in situations where one (or a few) individuals are responsible for generating business revenue, or are otherwise critical to the basic functioning of the business at-large.  For example, a small consulting business with four employees might purchase BOE insurance for its top consultant, as, in the event that the consultant is disabled for a period of time, a […]

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What Conditions Automatically Qualify You as Disabled?

Mar 16, 2018 | Blog |

If you are currently suffering from a debilitating medical condition, then you may be entitled to recover disability benefits pursuant to your private disability insurance policy.  As a general rule, insurers look for any possible justification to deny, delay, or undervalue disability insurance claims, but if your condition qualifies automatically for disability benefits, then you will be at a significant advantage when attempting to recover such benefits. Normally, “automatic qualification” for disability benefits is associated with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), where, if an individual is suffering from one of a long list of severe illnesses, injuries, and other conditions […]

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To Assert or Not To Assert Assignment in Out-Of-Network Payer/Provider Disputes

Mar 14, 2018 | Blog |

By: Andrew B. Bryant Two recent federal district court cases highlight the importance of properly pleading (or not pleading) assignment of rights in an out-of-network provider’s state law complaint for payer reimbursement. In the Southern District of New York, plaintiff/provider filed suit in state court against Aetna, bringing various state law claims based upon the insurer’s alleged failure to pay usual and customary charges for two medically necessary surgeries performed by the out-of-network provider. Aetna removed the matter to federal district court, asserting federal question jurisdiction via the position that the provider’s claims were preempted by ERISA. While ERISA claims […]

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