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Pawtucket fire marshal under investigation over health insurance

November 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The city's fire marshal, a 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Fire Department, is under investigation for putting his girlfriend's daughter on his health insurance family plan for about 10 months last year, city officials say.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who has been fire marshal for about two years, found himself in the hot seat this week after being featured on reporter Jim Hummel's on-line news website “The Hummel Report.”
Hummel questioned Parent, who was on his way to work, on-camera about how and why he had added his girlfriend's daughter to his city-paid Blue Cross family plan some 16 months ago.
Hummel pointed out in his report that the young woman had submitted medical claims totaling almost $3,000 while under Parent's plan (which also covered his ex-wife and two daughters at the time). He also noted that the city is self-insured, so it has to pay directly for all claims made on its policies. Later in the report, Hummel noted that Parent wrote a check of reimbursement to the city for the amount of the claims eight days after he had confronted him about the issue.
Parent told Hummel that he and the young woman's mother had been planning to get married and in July of 2011 he had asked to have the young woman covered under his health plan because there had been some family issues.

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