Wellpoint says they are now offering women with breast cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/30/10

Wellpoint says they are now offering women with breast cancer insurance coverage

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We're beginning to see dramatic changes in the insurance industry. Remember last week, Wellpoint, the Nation's largest health insurer was accused of dropping women if the company learned they had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Wellpoint is now responding to the new affordable care act to make sure those women are still covered.  Along with dependants who are allowed now to remain on their parents coverage until the age of 26 and other insurance companies are following suit, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says it's not over. The government continues to search for unfair insurance practices.

"Ask companies to justify the increases and not just charge basically what they want but to make sure the money coming in the door is spent on health claims and not CEO salaries, not overhead, make sure the rates are actually justified," said Sebelius.

From here on insurers are only allowed to drop a patient's coverage in the event of fraud of intentional misrepresentation.

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