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HUDGENS: statement regarding passing of former Insurance Commissioner Johnnie Caldwell

"I was very sad to learn about Johnnie’s passing," said Commissioner Hudgens. "He was a dedicated public servant, who was committed to consumer protection and guided the Insurance Department for four terms."

A native of Taylor County, Ga., Caldwell served as a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1954 and served there for 16 years before he was elected Comptroller General and Insurance Commissioner in 1970. Caldwell twice served as president of National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In August of 1985, Caldwell resigned his office to spend more time with his family. He will be greatly missed."

Obituary: click here

HUDGENS: Statement On Contract Negotiations Between Blue Cross Blue Shield and Grady Hospital

Thank you for your inquiries regarding the inability of Grady Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to reach an agreement on the extension of their contract. While I understand the concerns of the consumers and advocacy groups who have contacted my office, Georgia law does not grant my office the authority to approve or disapprove negotiated reimbursement rates between health insurers and hospitals.

Although I have no direct authority in these negotiations, members of my staff continue to monitor the situation. I believe that it is in the best interest of Georgia consumers for Grady Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield to resume their contractual relationship, and I encourage both sides to work towards that end.

HUDGENS: Don't be a victim of Roofing Fraud
Following recent storms, Commissioner Hudgens is advising homeowners to be weary of unscrupulous contractors who may claim that damage has occurred to your roof.  With help from our partners at the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud here is a dramatization of roofing fraud.  Hitting The Roof - Insurance Fraud. The Crime You Pay For: via @YouTube

CONSUMER ALERT:  Appeal Insurance Agency/ John Kill
On July 24, 2014, Special Agent with the Georgia Department of Insurance issued arrest warrants for John Paul Kill, owner of Appeal Insurance Agency for operating an unlicensed insurance company. If you have conducted business with Kill or Appeal Insurance Agency, we ask that you contact the insurance agent that sold you the insurance policy to confirm coverage. If you discover that no insurance coverage exist, please contact our Fraud Division at 404-656-2070.

ATTENTION: Certified Reinsurers.

ALERT: Georgia Mutual Insurance, A Stock Company,  was placed into Receivership on February 7, 2014.  Click here for a copy of the  Rehabilitation & Liquidation Order, Notice of Liquidation and Proof of Claim FormProof of Claim form must be properly completed, mailed, and postmarked no later than August 9, 2014.”

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