Navigation Links
Consumer Watchdog Applauds L.A. City Attorney's Efforts to Reinstate Cancelled Blue Cross Patients; Urges State HMO Regulator to Do Same
Date:4/16/2008

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today joined L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo in announcing the city's lawsuit alleging that health insurer Blue Cross engaged in unfair business practices by illegally cancelling the health insurance of patients after they got sick.

The practice -- known as "rescission" -- has affected at least hundreds of patients who have been left uninsured, uninsurable, and facing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt when their polices were retroactively cancelled by their health insurance company.

On Monday, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) Director Cindy Ehnes giving the DMHC 10 days to make a decision about whether it would require immediate reinstatement in scores of cases where the agency has already found the policy rescissions to be illegal. Read Consumer Watchdog's letter citing the DMHC's legal authority and duty to require reinstatement of coverage: http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org/resources/ReinstatementLetterDMHC.pdf

In the letter sent yesterday, Consumer Watchdog wrote:

"Rescission of a health plan contract is extremely detrimental to the patient. Not only is the rescinded patient left uninsured and often hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt, but is also virtually uninsurable in the individual market. Particularly harmful is the fact that a patient rescinded under an allegation of fraud is barred from enrolling in high-risk coverage through the [state of California] Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MMRMIP). As result, patients who have been wrongly rescinded are forced to rely on charity care and the state's underfunded health care safety net."

Consumer Watchdog said that reinstatement must be retroactive to the time of cancellation and health insurers must be liable for all health expenses from the date of issuing the contract through the date of reinstatement.

Consumer Watchdog petitioned the DMHC 18 months ago to adopt new regulations to rescission and to require health plans to reinstate cancelled patient. To date, the DMHC has reinstated only one Kaiser patient.

For more information on health insurance rescission go to: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/search/?searchQuery=rescission&topicId=&sea rch=Go+%BB

Visit us on the web at http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE Consumer Watchdog
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Mental Health Prescription Program Named Winner in URACs Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards
2. PA Department of Health Warns Consumers About Adverse Reactions From Dietary Supplements
3. PCMA: Skyrocketing Biotech Prices Challenge Employers, Consumers
4. Consumer Watchdog Gives HMO Regulator 10 Days to Order Reinstatement of Patients Whose Policies Have Been Illegally Cancelled
5. Prevent Blindness America Invites Consumers to See America Through Nationwide Contest
6. Draeger Receives Frost & Sullivan Consumer Award for Respiratory Protection
7. Prescription For Disaster: One-Third of Consumers Experience Prescription Errors, New Survey Finds
8. Consumerism Driving Healthcare Change
9. Consumers Research Council of America Names Pediatrician Michael Y. Wu, MD, MBA as One of Americas Top Pediatricians
10. Navigenics Proposes Standards for Personal Genomics Services, Coupled With Prospective Outcomes Studies, to Safeguard Consumers
11. PA Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Tainted Raw Milk Sold By Clarion, Crawford County Dairies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun ... NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is ... is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a missionary couple ... From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published author, Carole ... and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she has taught ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, ... the U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA ... the former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... in post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health joint venture through ... AccentCare has been operating a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System ... of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by ... Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  True Health, a ... amplified its effort during National Breast Cancer Awareness ... cancer risks. ... Oncology calculated that more than 10 million American ... mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and have not had ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... Pa. , Oct. 10, 2017   West ... in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today shared ... West,s ID Adapter for improving the intradermal administration of ... Fourth Skin Vaccination Summit in May 2017 by Dr. ... Lead, Polio Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and recently ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Korea , Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based ... next-generation CPR training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device ... compression during cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared to ... also offers real-time feedback on efficacy of the compression ... crowdfunding campaign has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: