Insurer targeted breast cancer patients to cancel

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    "...They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators."

    (By Murray Waas updated 10:14 a.m. CT, Thurs., April 22, 2010, msnbc.com) See full story link below.


    Insurer targeted breast cancer patients to cancel - Health care- msnbc.com
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    None of the women knew about the others. But besides their similar narratives, they had something else in common: Their health insurance carriers were subsidiaries of WellPoint, which has 33.7 million policyholders -- more than any other health insurance company in the United States.

    The women all paid their premiums on time. Before they fell ill, none had any problems with their insurance. Initially, they believed their policies had been canceled by mistake.

    They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators.

    Once the women were singled out, they say, the insurer then canceled their policies based on either erroneous or flimsy information. WellPoint declined to comment on the women's specific cases without a signed waiver from them, citing privacy laws.


    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63L2LS20100422
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    This is a close to murdering a person you can get without actually pulling the trigger.
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    This angers me so! I am very excitable regarding this issue, and seriously could not be in the same room dealing with these people. I'd have to be frisked.
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    Wow, so what's the point of insurance if they not only deny you for a pre-existing condition, but now they find a way to drop you when you become ill? This makes me sick....
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    ....money....
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    Sad but no surprise, insurance companies are inherently evil.
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    It's deplorable beyond words. Disgusting.
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    This is fraud and I hope they get there right to sell insurance janked.
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    Having survived breast cancer for 2 years, I live in fear of the same problem.
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