The New York State Insurance Department has issued a proposed regulation prohibiting insurers from placing discretionary clauses in insurance policies. This regulation is hugely important to long term disability claimants. If this regulation becomes law, it would enable courts to fully scrutinize the claim determinations of insurance companies. Under the current law, a court will only overturn a claim denial if the insurance company's determination is an abuse of discretion. This regulation would constitute a turning point in this area of the law.