Consumers, Nurses, Seniors Tell Governor: Protect Innocent Patients from Health Insurance Cancellations

Thursday, August 7, 2008 General News J E 4
Who: Sal D'Anna -- patient whose coverage was retroactively cancelled

California Nurses Association

California Congress of Seniors

Consumer Attorneys of California

California Church Impact

Consumer Watchdog

When: Thursday, August 7, 2008 @ 10:00 a.m.

Where: Sacramento, CA. State Capitol. Meet outside on the L Street side of the Capitol. (North Steps).

What: Nurses, consumers, and seniors will call on the legislature and the governor to include a key provision to protect innocent patients in any health insurance cancellation legislation forthcoming in the closing days of the legislative session.

Over the last 5 years, California patients have been plagued with retroactive cancellations of health insurance coverage -- so called "rescissions" -- leaving patients without health care when they are sick and need it most. When patients lose their coverage they are virtually uninsurable and often hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger's Administration promised such a protection in regulations. Those regulations have stalled. Now, the governor's office has drafted legislative language that backs away from that promise.

CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, +1-310-889-4912, Donna Gerber, +1-916-919-1226, or Eric Wooten, +1-916-849-2237, all of Consumer Watchdog

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Aug. 6/

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog


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