For Immediate Release: Friday, April 11, 2014
Taylor Orders Unlicensed Ohio Company to Stop Selling Products Potentially Harmful to Consumers
COLUMBUS — Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor has issued cease and desist orders to unlicensed insurance entity My Community Care LLC and its owner Tannile Ortiz for allegedly selling an unlawful product in the state of Ohio. The Hilliard, Ohio based entity and its owner are not authorized to engage in the business of insurance or to provide health insurance coverage in the state.
“This is a company that has not been licensed by the Department to ensure it meets financial safeguards established to protect consumers,” Taylor said. “The company depends solely on membership fees to pay claims from one month to the next and as a result, members who have received health services may be at risk of not having them paid by My Community Care.”
My Community Care is a membership organization that sells its product to individuals and families for a monthly fee. Members are granted access to preventative and health and wellness services including flu shots, travel health, physical exams, and wellness programs through My Community Care’s provider network, according to the entity.
Taylor said the entity and owner have engaged in unfair and deceptive acts in violation of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) section 3901.20 as defined in ORC sections 3901.21(A) and/or 3901.21(B). A hearing to determine whether the cease and desist orders shall be made permanent is currently scheduled for April 24 at 9 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Insurance and is subject to change.
Taylor advises Ohioans to check on the Department’s website at www.insurance.ohio.gov or call its consumer hotline at 1-800-686-1526 to make sure an individual and business are licensed to sell insurance in the state.
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