Insurance Fraud Quiz

What is Fraud?
According to Missouri Statute §375.991 RSMo., a person commits a "fraudulent insurance act" if he or she knowingly makes a statement or written document for a claim or insurance application which that person knows to contain material false information or conceals information concerning a material fact.
What is a policy dispute?
A policy dispute can be many things. You may have a policy dispute if it is questionable that you had coverage at the time of an accident. A policy dispute could be a disagreement about how an insurance company handles your claim (Mo. Reg. 20 CSR 100). Or, a policy dispute could be if your claim is denied because of a misrepresentation that is not material to the loss covered on the policy (§376.580 RSMo).
This quiz is developed for example purposes only. The questions and answers in this quiz are not to be construed as an opinion or position taken by the Missouri Department of Insurance. If you believe that you have a claim that should be paid, you may wish to ask the Consumer Affairs Section of the Missouri Department of Insurance for assistance by calling 1-800-726-7390 or check us out on line.

Question 1:

On October 31, Julia reported to her insurance company that she had an accident earlier that morning. The police report and the tow truck bill indicate that the date of loss (accident) happened on October 27. The effective date of her auto insurance policy was on October 29.

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Question 2:

Kim filed a claim stating that she fell on her neighbor's back porch on January 12, 2003 due to snow and ice. She hurt her left shoulder. When the insurance company reviewed her medical records, they found a note stating that the original injury happened before Thanksgiving 2002, when she fell at a roller skating rink. The doctor for the insurance company confirmed what the note indicated.

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Question 3:

Cathy Southfield goes to Dr. Hendrickson for Chiropractic treatments every other week. PeopleSmart HMO conducted a standard review of Cathy's medical records after every third visit. Upon review, PeopleSmart HMO investigators found a note that Dr. Hendrickson wrote. The note is from Dr. Hendrickson and tells the nurse to change the description and diagnosis of Cathy's condition every 180 days so that she can keep getting treatment. Cathy's plan will only pay for 26 visits, per condition, each year.

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Question 4:

Janet completed an application for credit life insurance for the loan on her new car. She was asked if she had any pre-existing health conditions for heart attacks. She said no. Janet died from a heart attack 6 months later. The autopsy indicated that Janet had a small heart attack one year ago, but may have thought it was indigestion or heart burn at that time. If she would have seen the doctor for her problem a year ago, the doctor might have diagnosed her with heart disease.

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Question 5:

Anna rented an apartment and had renters insurance for the things she owns in the apartment. Anna had a fire in the apartment and lost everything. The landlord told Anna that she would have to pay for every thing because the fire was her fault. On her claim form were items such as clothes, doors, hats, bathroom mirrors, furniture, and carpet. Anna was not paid for the doors, bathroom mirrors, and carpet.

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