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Consumer Watchdog Warns HMO Regulator Not to Side With Insurers Over Illegal Coverage Cancellations
Date:5/14/2008

ur Department's failure to attend to the interest of the patients forced them to sue for relief. Now, the insurance company defendants that you regulate are counting on you to bail them out. This is an inappropriate role for an agency entrusted with the protection of patients.

"This latest action marks a disturbing trend. Promised regulations are now 18 months overdue. Several company surveys are long overdue. It is not too late for you to put the Department back on track, but you must personally ensure that patients come first -- even if that means upsetting some of the Governor's largest contributors."

The state's largest 5 health insurer's, all named in lawsuits and targeted by regulators for illegal policy cancellations, have contributed $804,600 to Governor Schwarzenegger since 2004:

Blue Cross: $256,000

Health Net: $155,500

Kaiser: $150,000

PacifiCare: $138,500

Blue Shield: $104,600


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