Insurance Companies Sought

Sheridan, Wy –
It's less then three weeks from the Legislature's special session to address rising medical malpractice insurance rates paid by Wyoming doctors. Some of the urgency behind the special session has to do with the Ohio Insurance Comapny deciding to leave the state. State Insurance Commissioner Ken Vines says OHIC covered 381 Wyoming physicians. Vines believes malpractice insurance will be available for most of those doctors through the state's two other carriers, the Doctors' Company and UMIA. Vines says it's tough to track where all the OHIC-covered doctors are going because they do have the option of renewing their OHIC policies for one more year. Meanwhile, a third insurer could be coming shortly. According to Vines, G-E Medical Protective is taking a serious look at offering policies in the state. But he says no decision has been made and that is the only company looking at Wyoming.