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Friday, May 7, 2010

An early win for Americans

Recently, many health insurance providers said they will stop the practice of dropping coverage when a customer becomes sick. The practice of rescissions has been outlawed in health reform, but some are choosing to comply before the September 23rd deadline.

According to Tom Murphy of the Associated Press,

Several health insurers said … they plan an early start on a slice of health care reform by pledging to limit the circumstances in which they cancel coverage when a customer gets sick.

Insurance plans from across the country are voluntarily eliminating their rescission policies before the fall deadline. These decisions by the insurance companies were brought on by Congressional pressure after the passage of health reform.

A letter dated April 27 and signed by several House of Representatives committee chairs asked health insurance leaders to start limiting rescission immediately.

Ordinary Americans, as well as patient and consumer groups, spoke loudly against these unjust practices. Soon, Congress and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius put the pressure on insurance companies as well, and a handful of companies decided to drop rescissions from their business practices.

According to Secretary Sebelius,

Americans need to be secure in knowing that their health coverage will be there when they need it most. That is why we are working hard to get the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to families everywhere as quickly as possible.

The elimination of rescissions is a clear and early success of health reform. Many more will undoubtedly follow.