Posted on Sep 20, 2009

Abusive claims denial practices were the focus of a House hearing last week before its subcommittee on domestic policy. One case discussed was that of Esther Dardinger, who was receiving successful chemotherapy treatment for cancer when her insurance company, Anthem, decided to deny further coverage. After she died, her family sued Anthem; a jury verdict was returned in their favor and upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court, which observed as follows:

 Anthem had worn them down as surely as the cancer had. ... Like the cancer, Anthem relentlessly followed its own course, uncaring, oblivious to what it destroyed . . . . The ruination of a life was just a side effect.

Source:  Washington Post

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