The MTA has & will always be called many different things whether it be incompetent, thieves, etc… However you can add a new word to the list, deadbeat. This is according to Dr. Michael Hearns who says the MTA has stiffed him out of more than $600,000 in claims he has billed since January 2007. When you add on interest, the amount totals $1M+ dollars. Alex Ginsberg of the New York Post has more in this report:
If you treat the stiff joints and muscles of NYC Transit workers, watch out. You might wind up getting stiffed yourself.
A workers’-compensation doctor has sued the MTA, claiming the agency is a deadbeat that is refusing to pay out more than $600,000 in claims he has billed since January 2007.
Combined with interest and penalties, that’s more than $1 million the agency is on the hook for, according to the suit, filed last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
“I cannot imagine the current president of MTA would condone noncompliant behavior and blatant disregard for applicable laws by its division responsible for reimbursement of workers’-compensation medical bills,” Dr. Michael Hearns wrote in a July 29 letter to MTA President Howard Roberts.
“It is equally disturbing to imagine that a sitting president would knowingly allow MTA to waste taxpayers’ money on unnecessary penalties and interest payments, disrupt the patient-doctor relationship and deny injured MTA workers their rights to medical care.”
The suit demands $10 million in damages.
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Stories like this can start to explain so much as to why our health care system needs to be reformed. However this is not the place for that discussion. I am curious as to what is taking the agency so long to pay out this money if some of the claims go back to January 2007. While I understand their point about wanting to verify the legitimacy of the claims, it should not take that long. I hope to inquire about this with them & see what answers they will provide. So stay tuned….
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