We all know that ERISA disability claimants must exhaust administrative remedies before bringing a suit. Exhausting administrative remedies typically includes seeking an internal appeal.
But…what is required in the claimant’s letter to the Plan to constitute an “appeal”?
Here’s a new case on the issue: Reindl v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co.,[PDF] __ F.Supp. 2d __ (E. D. Missouri March 21, 2012) (Claimant’s letter to Plan with the following language did not constitute an appeal: “We will be reviewing the records and obtaining additional medical information for my client’s appeal of the decision to terminate her Long Term Disability.”)
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