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Sebelius Puts More Heat On WellPoint’s Health Insurance

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Recently, WellPoint has been one of the most controversial health insurance companies. Their rate increases and alleged dumping of policyholders with breast cancer have received much criticism.

Although they have taken some steps to repair their reputation, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius wants more. She is urging state insurance departments and governors to further examine the insurer’s proposed rate increases. In addition, she wants governors to make sure that states have the authority to review and approve health insurance plan rate changes.

Their increases in California gained the most attention, and the up to 39% price hikes have been blamed on an accounting error. Sebelius wants other states to check for similar errors.

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