Wisconsin Announces Above Average Insurance Complaints Report


Madison, WI (CompNewsNetwork) - According to the 2007 Insurance Complaints and Administrative Actions report issued by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), over 8,000 consumers contacted OCI last year to file a complaint. OCI also assisted consumers in recovering over $8 million from insurers.

"One of our roles as regulators is to make sure the consumer is protected," said Sean Dilweg, Commissioner of Insurance. "And it is important for consumers to continue to voice complaints to our office in order to help us better monitor the insurance industry."

A complaint is defined as any written communication that expresses dissatisfaction with an insurance company or agent. The report lists those insurance companies who have had at least five complaints and a complaint ratio that exceeds the statewide average for a specific type of insurance.

The report, which is available in English and Spanish, categorizes complaints by the type of coverage - auto, property and casualty, accident and health, life, and annuities, and also by the reason for the complaint - underwriting, marketing and sales, claim handling, policyholder service or "other."

Although the number of complaints about a company can be useful in choosing an insurance company, consumers must consider other factors such as cost, the company's reputation for claims payment and customer service, and the competence of the agents before making a selection.

Also available from OCI is the annual Independent Review Requests for 2007. Each year Independent Review Organizations (IROs) certified to do reviews in Wisconsin are required to submit to the OCI a report for the prior calendar year's experience. The independent review process allows a consumer to appeal some health insurance claims denials to an independent third party. According to the report, in a third of the cases reviewed in 2007, the IRO ruled in favor of the consumer - fully or partially reversing the insurer's denial of coverage. Full versions of both reports can be viewed on the OCI Web site.

Consumers interested in obtaining a copy of the 2007 Insurance Complaints and Administrative Actions report or other free publications from OCI can visit the OCI Web site at oci.wi.gov, write to OCI Publications, P.O. Box 7873, Madison, WI 53707-7873, or call 800-236-8517.

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