WellPoint Blasts News Story on Breast Cancer Rescissions
WellPoint, parent company of Anthem Blue Cross of California, has denied allegations in a recent Reuters story that it rescinded health insurance for women with breast cancer. WellPoint said Reuters inaccurately stated that the company used computer algorithms to identify women with breast cancer, adding that the software finds medical claims codes to unearth pre-existing conditions members had when they applied for coverage. WellPoint CEO Angela Braly requested a meeting with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the issue.
- "Indianapolis-Based Insurer Denies It Canceled Coverage for Women With Breast Cancer" (Lee, Indianapolis Star, 4/24).
- "WellPoint Denies Discrimination Against Breast Cancer Patients" (Zimmerman, The Hill, 4/24).