What the Health Insurance company doesn't want you to know
The California Nurses Association has put together a fantastic report detailing the denial rates on claims by leading insurance companies.
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.
Claims denial rates by leading California insurers, first six months of 2009:
• PacifiCare — 39.6 percent
• Cigna — 32.7 percent
• HealthNet — 30 percent
• Kaiser Permanente — 28.3 percent
• Blue Cross — 27.9 percent
• Aetna — 6.4 percent
This has been the way that the 18 top insurers in America have received $16 billion dollars in profits last year. They deny care and make bank off it. As the Nurses report states, “If the private insurers are not paying for care, why do we have private insurers?” http://bravenewfilms.org
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