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STATE SUES HMO OVER FALSE LISTING

The attorney general's office says it is suing a health maintenance organization for falsely advertising psychiatrists it couldn't provide.

The lawsuit contends Schenectady-based MVP Health Plan denied customers full access to some doctors included in the plan's official "participating provider" list, Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco said Tuesday.

The lawsuit seeks to force MVP Health into compliance with the law, keep the HMO from accepting new members in Dutchess County pending resolution of the case and obtain restitution for affected MVP members.

MVP officials said they first learned of the lawsuit after Vacco held a news conference Tuesday.

"Our initial reaction (to the lawsuit) was surprise and disappointment," said MVP spokeswoman Amy Ertel Bellcourt. "He held a press conference about it even before he gave us notice."

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