Reason #7,345,987 Why Health Insurance Reform is a Good Thing

This makes me sick:

WellPoint routinely targets breast cancer patients


The women all paid their premiums on time. Before they fell ill, none had any problems with their insurance. Initially, they believed their policies had been canceled by mistake.

They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators.

Once the women were singled out, they say, the insurer then canceled their policies based on either erroneous or flimsy information. WellPoint declined to comment on the women’s specific cases without a signed waiver from them, citing privacy laws.


April 23, 2010 Link

  • cbabs

    Makes me sick too.

    Another thing in Brazil irritates me too. In some far away states into the inner country, they do have machines that diagnose breast cancer for free through our Public Health System. You don’t need to pay a penny to have to run those exams. Some are broken for over three years and women have died in the waiting line. It was reported on the news and I’m glad for this side of the media who speeds up information and bring the population to the awareness of these extreme situations.

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