SPOTLIGHT: WellPoint fights back against new rescission allegations

WellPoint Inc. is fighting mad about a news report that the company conducts targeted rescissions of policyholders with breast cancer and has already forced a partial rewrite for factual errors. On April 22 the news organization Reuters broke an exclusive story that federal investigators believe the Indianapolis-based health insurance giant uses computer software to target female policyholders who have breast cancer, with the object of launching fraud investigations to find an excuse to cancel their policies. (The practice of revoking policies is called rescission). The article also alleged that WellPoint heavily lobbied Congress to stop the healthcare reform law from including stronger controls, such as third-party reviews, to monitor industry rescission activity. FierceHealthPayer

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