Anthem Blue Cross Forced to Reinstate Health Insurance Policies
Posted Feb 19 2009 6:08pm
Bobby Caina Calvan from the Sacramento Bee reports that the state of California has settled with Anthem Blue Cross regarding its cancellation of individual health insurance policies. The settlement requires that the insurer reinstate coverage for those whose policies were unfairly rescinded between 2004 and 2008, regardless of any medical conditions they may have. Qualified consumers will be contacted over the next three months via phone. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross must reimburse $14 million worth of out-of-pocket health expenses paid by these consumers.
The California health insurance company also has to pay a $1 million fine to the Insurance Department, with an extra $2 million tacked on if they fail to change their policies, Bobby says.