The California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee report that from 2002 through June 30, 2009, the six largest health insurance companies in California rejected 45.7 million claims or 22 percent of all claims. A reader writing to Talking Points Memo gives us the astounding data showing clearly the The Real Death Panels reside at health insurance companies! http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/national_nurses_movement/2009/09/the-real-death-panels-insurers.php?ref=fpd with similar accounts by Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS202570+02-Sep-2009+PRN20090902 By googling Real Death Panels, you can get comparable reports.
His excellent summary of the data gives us how active the health insurance are in rejecting claims
Jim Kawakami, September 3, 2009, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com
Talking Points Memo Reader: Six of California's biggest insurance companies have rejected more than one in five claims the past seven years -- according to data the insurance giants, Blue Cross, PacifiCare, Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, Cigna, and Aetna report to the state Department of Managed Care.
Researchers from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee analyzed data reported by the insurers to the California Department of Managed Care. From 2002 through June 30, 2009, the six insurers rejected 45.7 million claims -- 22 percent of all claims.
For the first half of 2009, as the national debate over healthcare reform was escalating, the rejection rates are even more striking.