Health Insurers to Reinstate 1,200 Improperly Canceled Policies
Friday, May 16, 2008
Two of California's largest health insurers have agreed to reinstate coverage to nearly 1,200 people whose policies were improperly canceled. Some consumer advocates complain the move doesn't go far enough. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Kaiser Permanente and Health Net say they will allow affected members to buy new insurance. The plans say they'll try to resolve patients' out-of-pocket expenses, as well. Insurers have been under fire for canceling policies after people file medical claims.
State regulators say they're looking to the legislature to come up with a long-term fix.
Jamie Court is with the non-profit group Consumer Watchdog .
Court : I think going to the legislature for an answer, is just giving the keys to the solution to the insurance companies. And I think it's a real problem when the state said they were gonna act strongly on this 18 months ago and still haven't issued the rules.
Regulators say they're trying to make a deal with other insurers on about 4,000 additional policy cancellations.
Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.
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