WellPoint routinely targets breast cancer patients
By Murray Waas
22 Apr 2010 22:03:27 GMT
* Algorithms launched probes of breast cancer diagnoses
* Many policies were canceled based on flimsy information
* New health care law lacks teeth, according to detractors
* WellPoint lobbied against reforms to end such practices
LOS ANGELES, April 22 (Reuters) – Shortly after they were diagnosed with breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. There was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. And there was Patricia Reilling, a successful art gallery owner and interior designer from Louisville, Kentucky.
Wellpoint Lobbyists Axed Key Protections for Breast Cancer Patients From Health Care Bill
Federal investigators have told Reuters that WellPoint, the country’s largest insurance company, is using an algorithm to identify women with breast cancer for the express purpose of dropping their coverage.