De La Torre targets health insurance cancellations
De La Torre's bill, AB 2470, would require the Department of Managed Care and the Department of Insurance to establish standards for canceling patients' care and require health plans to perform patient underwriting before a new patient is granted insurance.
“The insurance industry has made billions of dollars by unfairly canceling health policies, with little to no oversight prior to canceling the policies. While I am grateful that regulators are beginning to challenge insurer’s actions, in many cases the penalties have been a minor slap on the hand for this multimillion dollar industry,” said De La Torre. “The damage felt by consumers, many of them sick, are monumental. We need strong enforcements to create real disincentives for denying coverage.”