July 02, 2015 News

Spending More on Medical Care

CDPHP® works hard to ensure our administrative costs are not our members’ burden, and that we spend a vast majority of your premium dollars on medical care. For the fourth year in a row, CDPHP has spent more than federal and state requirements on our members’ medical care and exceeded the standards for medical loss ratio.

An insurance company’s medical loss ratio (MLR) is a measurement of how premium dollars are spent. The state and federal governments requires all health insurers to spend a proportion of premiums on medical benefits, which includes things like payments to your doctors, hospitals, and other medical providers, as well as coverage of your prescription drugs.

Here in New York, health plans are required to spend at least 85% (for large employer groups) and 82% (for individuals and small employer groups) of your premium dollars on medical benefits.

When an insurer does not meet these standards, it must rebate its customers the difference. Because CDPHP exceeds these standards, we will not issue rebates.


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Bob Hinckley
About the Author

Bob Hinckley joined CDPHP in 2006. He was appointed senior vice president of government and external relations, and was promoted to senior vice president of strategy and communications, and chief strategy officer in 2013. Prior to CDPHP, Hinckley worked for New York State Department of Health as director of public affairs, then deputy commissioner for operations. Shortly after, Bob served as senior deputy secretary of health and human services under New York State Governor, George E. Pataki. Hinckley is chairman of the NYS Health Plan Association board of directors, and formerly served as vice chair of the Commission on Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century. Bob earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colgate University.

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