WellPoint Must Be Prosecuted

This is inexcusable.

(Reuters) - Shortly after they were diagnosed with breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. There was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. And there was Patricia Reilling, a successful art gallery owner and interior designer from Louisville, Kentucky.

Neither of these women knew about the other. But besides their similar narratives, they had something else in common: Their health insurance carriers were subsidiaries of WellPoint, which has 33.7 million policyholders -- more than any other health insurance company in the United States. [...]

They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators.

There needs to be accountability here. Real accountability. Meanwhile, there needs to be an amendment passed immediately to strengthen the rescission language in the healthcare reform law. Then everyone responsible at WellPoint ought to be arrested.

Meanwhile, I'm glad we have healthcare reform legislation on which to build these additional regulations.