WellPoint yanks controversial letter

February 13, 2008
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Californians are howling over the recent discovery that one of WellPointâ??s units made a practice of asking doctors to report conditions that the insurance company could use to cancel medical coverage for new patients.

The letter amounted to asking doctors to â??rat out the patients,â?? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. The medical community complained that such disclosures would isolate the very people who need medical care the most.

Blue Cross of California announced today that it would stop the practice, just a day after it was outed by the Los Angeles Times.

Did the company cross an ethical line by sending the letters?
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  • They crossed what most would consider an ethical line with this act but is
    that any surprise? This company, as most health insurance companies,
    are driven by greed and profit first. The well being of their subscribers
    falls way down on the list.
  • It seems that the Heath Care Industry has had quite a few problems these past few weeks and months.

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