With an election in less than 2 months, the state is finally wading into the Wellpoint BC cancellation mess. Blue Cross now faces a fine:
In the first sanction of its kind, California’s top HMO regulator fined Blue Cross on Thursday for illegally canceling a woman’s medical policy because she did not disclose corrective surgery she had 23 years earlier. The $200,000 fine might not be the last resulting from the state’s investigation of allegations that insurers dump sick policyholders to avoid paying claims, said Cindy Ehnes, director of the Department of Managed Health Care.
And Arnie has broken his silence:
“Californians — who make the right decision to have health insurance as security for themselves and their families — should not be afraid that if they use it, they will lose it because of confusing applications,” he said in a statement. “oh and please vote for me in 6 weeks” (OK he didnt say that last part)
Meanwhile, the east coast establishment has noticed—or at least Paul Krugman has—it’s the lead in his column today calling for
single payer Medicare for all