HHS urges WellPoint to stop dropping health coverage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


HHS urges WellPoint to stop dropping health coverage of breast cancer patients

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is urging WellPoint, an insurance company with over 34-million policy holders, to stop dropping health coverage to women with breast cancer.

HHS says that published reports indicate WellPoint has a history of aggressively reviewing the cases of women recently diagnosed with breast cancer with the intent to cancel their policy, something that will be illegal in the fall as soon as the affordable care act is in place.

"It's pretty clear that, um, something was happening there where people were targeted once they got sick to lose coverage," said Jenny Bacchus, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She adds, "And that's why the new law is written the way that it is, and that's why HHS is going to put all our resources into making sure Americans can feel secure about their own health."

WellPoint strongly denies any wrongdoing. Even so, the HHS has asked WellPoint not to wait until the fall, but to stop deliberately denying coverage for breast cancer patients right now.

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