Sunday, February 24, 2008

Health Net loses on "health insurance cancellation" case

When Health Net learned Bates had cancer, and dropped her in January 2004, Bates was stuck with more than $129,000 in medical bills and was forced to stop chemotherapy for several months until she found a charity to pay for it.

The private arbitration judge (Judge Sam Cianchetti, a retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ) wrote:

"Health Net was primarily concerned with and considered its own financial interests and gave little, if any, consideration and concern for the interests of the insured,

The LA Times noted:

At the arbitration hearing, internal company documents were disclosed showing that Health Net had paid employee bonuses for meeting a cancellation quota and for the amount of money saved.

"It's difficult to imagine a policy more reprehensible than tying bonuses to encourage the rescission of health insurance that keeps the public well and alive," the judge wrote.


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