Health care groups file suit against insurance commissioner

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two health care groups are suing Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon over a change he made to coverage following Hurricane Isaac.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Baton Rouge late Monday, challenges the emergency ruling Donelon issued on September 4.

It requires emergency out-of-network medical care be treated like an in-network claim in 23 parishes through September 25.

That means no higher charges for patients and sidestepping existing contracts between health providers and insurers.

The Louisiana State Medical Society and Louisiana Hospital Association are behind the lawsuit, saying Donelon exceeded his authority.

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