Navigation Links
Statement Regarding Los Angeles City Attorney Enforcement Action

SAN FRANCISCO, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Tom Epstein, Vice President, Public Affairs, Blue Shield of California:

Today's action by the Los Angeles City Attorney is totally without merit.

The issues raised in the complaint are thoroughly regulated by two state agencies that have aggressively defended the interests of consumers. In filing this complaint, the City Attorney has seized on a hot topic in an attempt to advance his political future.

The City Attorney asserts that we have committed unfair practices regarding the payment of claims for 400,000 individual policyholders without a shred of evidence that our actions were improper. He fails to mention that since 2002, we have paid nearly $4 billion in claims for those policyholders. He claims that we used intentionally misleading applications, but our applications were reviewed and approved by two state regulators.

While Mr. Delgadillo consulted extensively with trial lawyers who have a financial interest in rescission cases, he never spoke to anyone in our company or asked for any documents in our files. We had no notice of his announcement and he made certain that we could not obtain a copy of the complaint for hours so it would be difficult for us to make a public response in a timely manner.

We have always been careful in our underwriting of health coverage policies and in our investigations of the rare contracts that are rescinded. This is why we have rescinded a fraction of one percent of individual and family policies.

We have long advocated a system of universal coverage that guarantees coverage for everyone regardless of their health history. But until California achieves that goal, health plans must rely on medical underwriting, which includes the responsibility of applicants to tell the truth. If there were no consequences for applicants who misrepresent significant medical conditions, insurance rates would skyrocket for the vast majority of Californians who complete their applications accurately.

It simply isn't fair for the overwhelming majority who play by the rules to subsidize those who don't. That would be like making motorists who drive safely pay the fines for those who choose to speed.

CONTACT: Tom Epstein, 415-229-5110,

SOURCE Blue Shield of California
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Pelosi Statement on the Death of Dr. Michael DeBakey
2. Newt Gingrich Statement on the Loss of Tony Snow
3. Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative Statement on Passage of Medicare Bill
4. Statement on CDC Announcement That 70 Percent of the U. S. Population Now Receives Optimally Fluoridated Water By Mark J. Feldman, DMD, President, American Dental Association
5. PCMA Statement on Passage of Medicare Bill: E-Prescribing Requirement a Major Victory for Seniors
6. Pelosi Statement on Senate Vote on Medicare Improvements Act
7. Statement of the Leapfrog Group on Hospital Overdose of Up to 17 Babies at CHRISTUS Spohn
8. AHIP Statement on New CBO Report Showing That Senate Legislation Will Cut Medicare Advantage Enrollment by 2.3 Million
9. American Legacy Foundation(R) Statement of Support for the Federal Trade Commission Reversal on Tar and Nicotine Yield Statements on Cigarettes
10. The ECNP consensus statement on bipolar depression
11. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Statement: Health Care America Now
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... and SACC-USA through membership and leadership since 2008. Gary Bruce, President of PartnerTech ... . Gary has spent a significant amount of time in Sweden since joining ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... Center Enterprise Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Tympani ... support Cisco Unified Contact Center solutions targeted to the high-end enterprise contact center ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... The National ... 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized ... networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting 850,000 members and over 200 operating ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... extremely stressful. At the VA Maryland Health Care System, the Caregiver Support ... patients. “Caregivers have a difficult job. Seventy-four percent report that their role ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... Thermi™, a world leader in thermistor-regulated ... ThermiRFR temperature controlled radiofrequency platform has received CE marking and may now be ... temperature as a clinical endpoint. The technology has been available in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... DUBLIN , Dec. 1, 2015 Research ... of the "Global Mouth Ulcer Treatment Market 2015-2019" ... --> --> According to the report, ... of the global population now affected by them. The ... hormonal imbalances, and tobacco smoking. Mouth disorders are also ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , 1 décembre 2015 ... exposition et conférence d,Asie portant sur ... sur l,industrie manufacturière, se tiendra à ... 20 au 22 avril 2016. ... Photo - ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  QT Vascular Ltd., together ... together with its subsidiaries, TriReme Medical LLC and Quattro ... engaged in the design, assembly and distribution of advanced ... disease, is pleased to announce that a three-judge panel ... of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("Federal Circuit") has ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: