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Kathleen Sebellius addresses recissions for breast cancer patients

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebellius recently wrote a letter to the CEO of Wellpoint informing her that:

Today’s report from Reuters indicating that your company “has specifically targeted women with breast cancer for aggressive investigation with the intent to cancel their policies” is disturbing, and this practice is deplorable.

As you know, the practice described in this article will soon be illegal.

Ms. Sebellius goes on to say in her letter.

The Affordable Care Act specifically prohibits insurance companies from rescinding policies, except in cases of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of material fact.

WellPoint should not wait to end the unconscionable practice of deliberately working to deny health insurance coverage to women diagnosed with breast cancer. I urge you to immediately cease these practices and abandon your efforts to rescind health insurance coverage from patients who need it most.

Only one problem, 2014 is not “soon” to a cancer patient.

14 Responses

  1. un-freaking believable

  2. Kinda gives you a clue what Obama’s memorandum on gay visitation is going to end up as.
    And in the same vein, a bit of karmic turn from the healthcare FUbar
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/obamacare-the-mark-of-the-liar/

  3. Her handling of the H1N1 “pandemic” and this highlights she’s just as inept as her boss.

    http://www.breitbart.tv/obamacare-sebelius-admits-admin-has-no-clue-how-much-high-risk-pools-will-cost/

  4. Another sternly worded letter. I am sure WellPoint is shaking in their boots.

  5. The SEC an the other regulatory bodies tasked with reining in Wall Street should only display the same zeal going after fraud as Wellpoint.

    Will we survive twelve or sixteen years of a republican in the white House?

  6. Thoughout the 2008 primaries and debates Secretary Clinton warned everybody that the insurance companies would “game the system” to deny coverage. And here they are using every sleazy trick in the book to exploit every loophole. All a HHS Secretary can do is issue stern warnings and slap wrists.

  7. WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. …..

    Lord! of course this is in place…someone got a bonus for setting it up. Next Kathleen will say she’ll hold her breath until they be nice. ha! Teddy Roosevelt said step softly and carry a big stick. This crew pounds their feet while wheeling a noodle.

    Hillary also said at an editorial board meeting , ” if these things we are talking about don’t get done , you will not recognize this country” …and her eyes took on a children of the corn terror for a moment when she said it. As always, Hill knows of which she speaks.

    • {{{sigh}}}

      • 😥 Women will continue to die while waiting for health care and when it arrives in 2014 the fine will be 5,ooo.oo (not enough of a deterrent in my opinion) which is less than what some single policies will cost.

        I hope folks are finally getting it, why us ‘Knitter Bitters’ wanted a PUBLIC OPTION! Cuz our very lives could depend on it and we wanted the Public Option part NOW not years from now.

        Oh, if we had a President Hillary… 😥

        SOD, thanks for the post…loved the sticky note too.

    • WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. …

      actually I hoping the medical profession will get pissed off enough about the money they will lose when the policies are canceled to sue them or pressure DC about it . The cancer patient is not important enough for anyone to fight for. The fight is over the money. Hopefully patients can at least benefit from that .

      Uhmkay…thanks Kathleen. and by the way, 2014 is not “soon” to a cancer patient. Just so you know.

      Lol! as I was saying…the patient. is the last thing they care about. The patient has value only so far as they are a product. But you knew that .

      Don’t you love these names?

      WellPoint?

      they will have their little jokes.

  8. The idiocracy of for-profit companies in health “care.” Of course this stuff happens, and lots more that doesn’t get the light of press.

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