Two Miami hospitals sued CINICO this month in U.S. federal court for almost $1.5 million in unpaid medical bills.
CINICO, which insures civil servants and people on island who can’t get their own coverage from private insurers, routinely sends patients to the U.S. for treatment. In separate lawsuits filed Nov. 10, the University of Miami Hospital and the Miami Beach Hospital Group Ltd. accuse CINICO of not paying for treatment of 10 patients.
The Miami Beach Hospital Group owns Aventura Hospital, which is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
The patients, who are not named in the lawsuit because of privacy laws, went to the hospitals for various issues, including short emergency room visits to surgery that required staying in the hospital for several days, according to the billing statements filed with the lawsuits.
Both hospitals are represented by attorney Lorne Cabinsky of Fort Lauderdale.
Lonny Tibbetts, chief executive officer for CINICO, is named in the lawsuit but is not listed as a defendant.
Mr. Tibbetts did not respond to a request for comment by press time.