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wellpoint will expedite health care reforms an stop dumping sick patients, thoughts?

(Reuters) – WellPoint Inc said that as of May 1 it would expedite healthcare reforms and stop dropping healthcare coverage for customers after they get sick, responding to pressure from Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration.

The health insurer announced its decision on Tuesday after Democrats from three U.S. House of Representatives committees earlier in the day wrote to seven health insurance executives urging them to immediately stop the practice, known as rescission. A separate letter from 57 Democrats was directed at WellPoint alone.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:24 PM on Apr. 28, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't know how Angela Braley sleeps at night, I don't have time to RTA, what are they doing about those women already dropped?

    Answer by autodidact at 2:03 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • Healthcare reform legislation passed last month makes rescission illegal except in cases involving fraud or intentional misrepresentation, allowing six months to comply. But Democrats pushed for action sooner following a Reuters report on April 22 that WellPoint used computer algorithms to target women with breast cancer for an investigation, with the intent of canceling their healthcare policies.

    "There have been a lot of misrepresentations and inaccuracies in recent days that have caused confusion among our members and among the public generally about our policies in this area," WellPoint's Chief Executive Angela Braly said in a statement.

    It will still rescind policies in fraudulent and other similar cases, company spokeswoman Kristin Binns told Reuters.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:25 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • They have to do it anyway, might as well.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:26 PM on Apr. 28, 2010