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Urgent Message to Provider Claimants

The Liquidator intends to make a partial distribution of money owed to claimants by the Arches estate in the near future.

If you have changed your address or name since services were provided to Arches’ patients please update that information with the Special Deputy Liquidator immediately.

Updated information should be emailed to mkeithley@utreceivers.com.

FAILURE TO UPDATE INFORMATION COULD RESULT IN DELAY OR MISDIRECTION OF YOUR DISTRIBUTION.

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Arches Health Plans News

For the latest updates regarding Arches Health Plans, please visit
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On October 27, 2015, the Utah Insurance Department placed Arches Health Plans into receivership. This action was taken to allow the insurance commissioner to supervise the runoff of existing policies.

On January 13, 2016, the Third Judicial District Court of Salt Lake County, State of Utah issued an Order for the Liquidation of Arches Mutual Insurance Company, a Utah health insurance company. Please see the below links for information regarding the liquidation.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Offers Resource on Damaged Vehicles

Provides Consumers with Vehicle History Information.

WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recommended today that in light of the anticipated high volume of flood-damaged automobiles in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, consumers educate themselves about a vehicle’s history before making any purchase decisions. Overseen by BJA, the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is designed to prevent concealment of flood damage and other vehicle histories.

After past hurricane events, authorities reported truckloads of flooded vehicles being taken out of the impact zone where they were dried out, cleaned and readied for sale to unsuspecting consumers in states that do not brand flood vehicles. It is currently estimated that due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, as many as 1 million flood-damaged automobiles could potentially be passed on to unsuspecting buyers in the coming weeks and months.

The floods caused by or associated with these hurricanes have resulted in severe water damage to thousands of vehicles that can make electrical systems and airbag sensors prone to failure. Prior to purchasing a vehicle, NMVTIS allows consumers to find information on the vehicle’s title, most recent odometer reading and brand history. A “brand” is a descriptive label that states assign to a vehicle to identify the vehicle’s current or prior condition, such as “junk,” “salvage” or “flood” designation. By capturing into one system specific information from multiple entities such as state motor vehicle departments, insurance carriers, salvage auto auctions, automobile recyclers, and junk and salvage yards, NMVTIS offers states and consumers protection from title fraud and potentially unsafe vehicles.

“BJA remains committed to ensuring the consumer protection benefits provided by NMVTIS,” said Acting BJA Director Tracey Trautman. “We encourage prospective purchasers to consider obtaining a NMVTIS vehicle history report and have the vehicle checked by a trusted mechanic as part of making an informed used car-buying decision.” The list of approved NMVTIS vehicle history report providers can be found on the official NMVTIS website at: https://www.vehiclehistory.gov/nmvtis_vehiclehistory.html.

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. More information about OJP and its components can be found at: www.ojp.gov.

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Bureau of Justice Assistance Offers Resource on Damaged Vehicles

Notice of Public Hearing of Steward Health Care System LLC’s Proposed Acquisition of Control of Health Choice Utah, Inc.

Please take notice that the Utah Insurance Commissioner has received an application from Steward Health Care System LLC (“Steward”), a Delaware limited liability company, to acquire control of Health Choice Utah, Inc. (“Health Choice”), a Utah health maintenance organization and indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of, and controlled by, IASIS Healthcare Corporation (“IASIS”). The acquisition of control will be accomplished in a reverse triangular merger in which IASIS will become a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Steward, and thus the result of the transaction will be that the Steward will indirectly control Health Choice.

Pursuant to Utah Insurance Code § 31A-16-103, the acquisition of control of a Utah domestic insurer or health maintenance organization requires a public hearing before the Utah Insurance Commissioner. The public and all policyholders, enrollees, providers and other affected persons are hereby notified that a public hearing will be held regarding the acquisition of control of Health Choice by Steward on September 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 3110 of the Utah State Office Building, 350 North State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114. During the hearing, the Utah Insurance Commissioner, or his designee, will receive evidence, testimony and oral and written arguments regarding the following issues:

  1. Whether, after the acquisition of control, Health Choice would not be able to satisfy the requirements for the issuance of a license to write the line or lines of insurance for which it is presently licensed;
  2. Whether the effect of the acquisition of control would substantially lessen competition in insurance in Utah or tend to create a monopoly in insurance;
  3. Whether the financial condition of Steward would jeopardize the financial stability of Health Choice or prejudice the interest of its policyholders or any remaining securityholders who are unaffiliated with Steward;
  4. Whether the terms of the acquisition are unfair and unreasonable to the securityholders of Health Choice;
  5. Whether the plans or proposals Steward (if any) has to liquidate Health Choice, sell its assets, or consolidate or merge it with any person, or to make any other material change in its business or corporate structure or management, are unfair and unreasonable to the policyholders of Health Choice and are not in the public interest; and
  6. Whether the competence, experience and integrity of those persons who would control the operation of Health Choice are such that it would not be in the interest of the policyholders of Health Choice and the public to permit the merger or other acquisition of control.

See Utah Ins. Code § 31A-16-103(8).

ANY ENROLLEE, PROVIDER OR OTHER AFFECTED PERSON IS ENTITLED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND MAY RECEIVE A SUMMARY OF THE STEWARD APPLICATION OR OTHER NON-CONFIDENTIAL MATERIALS ON FILE WITH THE COMMISSIONER BY SENDING A REQUEST IN WRITING AND A COPYING FEE OF $.25/PAGE TO:

Locke Lord LLP
Attn: Tim Farber
111 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

ALTERNATIVELY, ARRANGEMENTS TO REVIEW A COPY OF THE NON-CONFIDENTIAL FORM A APPLICATION MATERIALS MAY BE MADE BY CALLING ERIC C. SHOWGREN AT (801) 537-9174.

IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC HEARING OR ANY PROCEEDINGS PRELIMINARY TO THE PUBLIC HEARING, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER IN WRITING NO LATER THAN THREE CALENDAR DAYS PRIOR TO THE HEARING THAT YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY AFFECT YOUR PARTICIPATION.

Dated this 15th day of September, 2017

[SIGNED]
Brett J. Barratt, Deputy Commissioner
for
Todd E. Kiser
Utah Insurance Commissioner

 

The call-in number for the hearing is: 1-877-820-7831; passcode 827555#. If you wish to participate in the public hearing or any proceedings preliminary to the public hearing, you must notify the commissioner in writing no later than three calendar days prior to the hearing that you want to participate. Failure to do so may affect your participation.

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Notice of Company Applying to become a Utah Certified Reinsurer

September 12, 2017 — Hannover Rück SE of Hannover, Germany (AA-1340125 and NAIC Company Code 10241) has applied to become a Certified Reinsurer in the State of Utah. Please contact Eric Showgren (eshowgren@utah.gov or 801-537-9174) with the Utah Insurance Department no later than October 13, 2017, with any concerns or questions you may have.

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Public Meeting Regarding Insurance Testing — August 17, 2017 at 1pm

PSI and representatives from the Utah Insurance Department will hold a webinar to discuss the testing program for insurance licenses. The objective of the webinar is to discuss the recently completed Exam Review Committee findings, review any exam content outline changes, view current exam pass rate statistics, and obtain feedback from any interested parties.

The pertinent information regarding the events is listed below. Please RSVP no later than Friday, August 11, 2017.

WEBINAR DATE: August 17, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. MST to 2:00 p.m. MST

Please RSVP at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZMLFFJF

Prior to the event, if you have any questions please contact Jason McCartney at jmccartney@psionline.com or 800-367-1565 x7318.

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Take Stock Before Disaster Strikes

Review your insurance and home inventory to ensure your property is protected.

Nearly 1 million Utahns participated in yesterday’s Great Utah ShakeOut, an annual drill designed to help people prepare for an earthquake. In the aftermath of the mock-quake, the Utah Insurance Department urges people to consider the longer-term consequences of a major disaster.

“Time spent preparing for what to do during a disaster can mean the difference between life and death, but it’s also important to consider what happens after you make it out alive,” said Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd E. Kiser. “Reviewing your insurance policy annually can reveal gaps in coverage that could mean further trouble. For many Utahns, one such gap is earthquake insurance.”

Utahns should re-evaluate their risk profile at least once a year to ensure their homeowners policy provides the protection they need. Questions to consider include:

  • Am I now at risk? Are earthquakes a threat in my area? Do I need earthquake insurance?
  • What has changed in my home? Did the number of people increase or decrease? Have I made any major purchases?
  • Have I updated my home with a kitchen renovation or other improvements?
  • Should I look at different coverage? Can I save money by bundling my home and auto insurance?

A recent National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) survey revealed that 56 percent of homeowners have not reviewed their insurance policies in more than a year and 14 percent are unsure when — if ever — they last reviewed their policies. Nearly half of homeowners (44 percent) have a home inventory, but more than 40 percent of those homeowners have not updated it in more than a year.

The survey also shed light on generational differences to approaching home insurance. Compared to Gen Xers and baby boomers, millennials are more likely to have reviewed or updated their insurance policy within the last five years. Millennials also are more likely to have a home inventory and to have reviewed or revised it within the last five years.

Disaster prep guides from the NAIC’s Insure U portal can help consumers determine the best course of action before, during and after a disaster strikes. Visit insurance.utah.gov or insureuonline.org for more information.

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After the Shaking Stops

Proper insurance coverage can get you back to normal after an earthquake.

If an earthquake were to hit your hometown tomorrow, what would you do? Odds are that you have a plan of action that would help you survive the shaking and get to stable ground. If you’re a longtime Utahn, you probably have a kit to get you through the following 72 hours. But after those first few days, how do you go about getting back to normal?

“Suffering a loss as a result of an earthquake can be devastating,” said Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd E. Kiser. “But if you have added earthquake coverage to your homeowner’s policy, help will be coming.” Earthquake insurance can help with replacing lost property and the contents that are covered under the policy. Not all policies offer the same coverages, so it is important to work with a licensed insurance agent to find the policy that works best for your situation.

Many people do not realize that earthquakes are generally not covered under a homeowner’s insurance policy. Earthquake insurance is a supplemental policy that covers the damage and destruction that can occur specifically in an earthquake. “I advise anyone who is concerned about the possibility of an earthquake to talk to their insurance agent about adding earthquake coverage,” said Kiser. “It is an extra cost, but it also means extra help if the worst were to happen.”

To practice for the real thing, Utahns across the state can participate in the Great Utah ShakeOut, a mock earthquake drill that will take place on April 20 at 10:15 a.m. The ShakeOut is an annual event that helps Utahns prepare for an earthquake. More than 970,000 Utahns have signed up to participate this year through their employers, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

“Preparedness is key to surviving an earthquake,” said Kiser. “Earthquake coverage for your property and possessions is another level of preparedness that can help your family recover from a disaster that is becoming more and more certain over time.”

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Penn Treaty & American Network Insurance Company News

Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company and American Network Insurance Company are affiliated long-term care insurance companies that went into liquidation on March 1, 2017. Information about the companies’ liquidation can be found on Penn Treaty’s website, http://www.penntreaty.com/Liquidation.aspx.

The life and health insurance guaranty associations in the states where Penn Treaty and American Network were licensed to do business have assumed responsibility for their policies. This includes continuing coverage and paying eligible claims, subject to guaranty association coverage limits and the terms and conditions of coverage. The guaranty associations have contracted for Penn Treaty to continue to administer all policies using Penn Treaty’s staff, existing computer systems, and policy/claim records.

Contact Information: Policyholders with questions about policies, claims, or related to liquidation should call Policyholder Services at 1-800-362-0700.