Nurse Union, Advocates Lobby Schwarzenegger To Sign Rescissions Bill
Consumer advocates, members of the California Nurses Association and four individuals whose health insurance coverage was rescinded by Anthem Blue Cross will convene at the state office in Los Angeles to encourage Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to sign legislation tightening rules on when health plans could rescind coverage, the Los Angeles Daily Journal reports.
The bill, AB 1945 by Assembly member Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate), would permit health insurers to rescind coverage only if their attorneys could demonstrate that members intentionally misrepresented information on their health insurance applications.
An organizer of the event said the dropped patients would attempt to personally deliver to the governor a letter urging Schwarzenegger to sign the bill.
A spokesperson for Schwarzenegger said that the governor has not taken a position on any health care reform measures.
The measure is supported by the:
- California Nurses Association;
- Consumer Attorneys of California; and
- Consumer Watchdog.
The California Association of Health Plans opposes the legislation (George, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 9/11). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.