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In Any State, at Any Time: A Reminder of the Urgency of Health Reform

In our current health insurance system, too many Americans are at the whim of private, for-profit insurance companies who are raking in billions in profits each year, while policyholders struggle to make ends meet in this tough economy.  Insurance companies can raise premiums or slash benefits, and there’s not much families can do about it, especially if they have preexisting conditions that would make it hard to get other coverage.

That is exactly what is playing out right now in California, where Anthem Blue Cross recently announced that on March 1, many of its 800,000 policyholders could see a rate increase of up to 39 percent. What’s more, Anthem also declared that it may adjust rates more frequently than once-a-year, making it impossible for families to anticipate and plan for such increases.

For many Californians, including two individuals profiled by the LA Times, this is devastating news. Keith Knueven, a graphic designer in California, is about to see his health insurance rates climb by 37%, from $297 per month to $393.  Mark Weiss, a podiatrist, and his wife will see their annual policy rise from $20,184 to $27,336 — a 35% increase. And if that weren’t enough, as these Americans are facing dramatic rate increases, Anthem’s parent company WellPoint reported $2,740,000,000 in profits during the last quarter of 2009.

What’s happening in California can happen in any state. It’s clear that we need health insurance reform that will give American families the secure, affordable coverage they need and put a stop to insurance company abuses and control out-of-pocket costs. We’re closer than ever to reforming our health insurance system.  Now is the time to finish the job.

In the meantime, I think Californians and the American people deserve an explanation, so yesterday, I sent a letter to the President of Anthem Blue Cross. While Anthem has made some comments to the press, they haven’t given us the full answer we deserve. I am eagerly awaiting their reply.

The letter I sent to Anthem Blue Cross is below.

Fonte: White House

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NOTÍCIAS,. In Any State, at Any Time: A Reminder of the Urgency of Health Reform. Florianópolis: Portal Jurídico Investidura, 2010. Disponível em: https://investidura.com.br/noticias-internacionais/white-house/in-any-state-at-any-time-a-reminder-of-the-urgency-of-health-reform/ Acesso em: 19 jul. 2024