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New York AG expands probe of health insurers

AP/Yahoo News, March 7, 2008
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has issued new subpoenas to several health insurers in a broadening investigation of possible fraud. Cuomo is looking to subpoena testimony from the chief executives of Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc., as well as executives of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Excellus, and the combined Group Health Inc. and HIP Health Plan. Cuomo says he believes the companies used the UnitedHealth Group-owned Ingenix to set rates, which resulted in consumers being reimbursed at unfair rates.